Brigham Young University's Dancensemble will perform "More Variety Than the Cold Cereal Aisle" Friday and Saturday, March 28 and 29, at 7:30 p.m. in the Dance Studio Theatre, 166 Richards Building.
Dancensemble, a modern dance troupe, will also perform a Saturday matinee at 2 p.m. followed by an open forum where the audience will have an opportunity to ask questions to the choreographers about their dances.
Tickets for the performance are $5 and can be purchased at the Fine Arts Ticket Office, (801) 378-4322, www.byu.edu/hfac. Tickets will also be available at the door prior to the performance.
Dancensemble is designed to give performance and choreography opportunities to BYU dance students as well as opportunities to develop technical strengths and organizational and creative abilities.
A featured piece of this program is a tribute to Carmen Miranda accompanied by live harp music. This piece will highlight the Latin dances of the mambo, samba and rumba.
"Live music and live dance come together at the same time with the live harp music," said director Pat Debenham.
Another featured dance uses Middle Eastern music and is based on the design and clear linear sensibility of Middle Eastern architecture and design and is choreographed by Amy Blake.
"Students begin to find their own artistic voices because they choose their own content and then have to find a way to shape their dance so that it makes a clear statement," Debenham said.
Student Lieghia Valez choreographed a duet about a relationship between a man and a woman filled with the tension of miscommunication and the unfulfilled part of the relationship.
"The students choose their music, take care of their own rehearsals, costume their pieces and help with setting up the logistics of the programs," said Debenham.
In honor of the cold cereal aisle, Dancensemble will raffle off 10 boxes of cereal at each performance.
Writer: Elizabeth B. Jensen