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The Purdue Dance Company will present Spring Works annually

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue Contemporary Dance Company will present its Spring Works concert on April 29 and 30.

The dance company will present five new creations from the faculty, a student artist and a guest artist. Original sound scores and lighting designs were produced by students from the Patti and Rusty Rueff School of Design, Art, and Performance.

Guest artist Joy McEwen was a principal dancer with the Erick Hawkins Dance Company and recently retired from Purdue Bands & Orchestras as Auxiliary Manager and Golduster Dance Team Coach.

The shows are scheduled for April 29 at 7:30 p.m. and April 30 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Nancy T. Hansen Theater in Pao Hall.

Tickets for each show are available online through the Purdue Box Office or by calling the Purdue Box Office at 765-494-3933. Tickets are $16 for adults, $12 for students, and $8 for children ages 1-12.

The five works:

“Drawing Lines” by faculty member Sally Wallace explores ways to develop line patterns in space and wryly explores the connotations of English phrases such as “draw a line” or “step out of line”.

“APRILTEHE” by faculty member Petur Iliev is a high-energy dance inspired by birds in the spring outside their natural habitat. Their daily life on the roofs of tall buildings in a big city is captured in sound and movement.

“Small Plates to Share” by faculty member Renee Murray is a collection of short dances inspired by human interactions and emotions.

“Navigating Through Sickness and Good Health” by student artist Alyssa Arreola, challenges dancers to explore the emotional components of health. Arreola is a junior interdisciplinary science major with minors in dance and psychology.

“Moments Lost: Found” by guest artist Joy McEwen, examines how we think about time and view it as both a literal and figurative part of our lives.

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