Nov. 6, 2012. The Appalachian State University Department of Theatre and Dance presents the annual Fall Appalachian Dance Ensemble in state-of-the-art Valborg Theatre on campus Nov. 14 – 17 at 7:30 p.m. Comprised of never-before-seen works, FADE will feature one piece choreographed by faculty member Laurie Atkins, five dances by students, and one composition by special guest artist Paul Ibey.
Ticket prices start at $8 for students and are $13 for faculty/staff and seniors, and $15 for the general public. Tickets are available in person at the Valborg Theatre box office Monday through Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., by phone at 828-262-3063 or at the toll-free number 800-841-ARTS (2787), and online at www.theatre.appstate.edu.
“What makes FADE so wonderful and exciting is the diversity of its program,” explains sophomore theatre education major Kira White. “Each piece is so very different from the others.” Among the dances being produced is an original piece by Atkins that explores tension and flow through the manipulation of fabric, and a work by student Kelsey Gaude exploring how people respond to natural disasters while searching to find their own true voice.
Guest choreographer Paul Ibey will create a piece titled “Le Martye” in the butoh dance tradition, a form of Japanese contemporary movement. This particular work is inspired by the life of dancer/actress Ida Rubinstein and the theme of spirituality that runs through her work. “Le Martye” seeks to evoke the essence of the artist, as well as use the spiritual journey of Rubinstein as an allegory that speaks to all. Violence, sensuality, eroticism, stillness, death, and transfiguration are all part of this journey.
Valborg Theatre is located on the north side of Chapell Wilson Hall on Howard Street. The door faces the back of the Turchin Arts Center on King Street. Parking is available after 5 p.m. on campus in faculty lots, the College Street parking deck near the Belk Library and Information Commons.
The Department of Theatre and Dance is housed in the College of Fine and Applied Arts. Its mission is to provide liberal arts educations for the B.S. Degree in teaching theatre arts and the B.A. Degrees in dance studies or theatre arts. The department also values the opportunity to offer coursework for integrated learning through the arts to the general university student population. Vital to the support of this mission is a dynamic co-curricular production program that provides exemplary theatre and dance experiences to departmental students, the university community and the region. The departmental philosophy is to support the university’s liberal arts environment through a balanced and integrated emphasis on teaching, creative activity, scholarship and service.