Dancers take leap of faith in concert
Two Ohio University dance students learned to trust each other for tonight's Winter Dance Concert.
In a piece choreographed by Travis Gatling, an associate professor in the School of Dance, Eric Hill lifts Steven Evans in a modern dance duet set against an apocalyptic backdrop. Until now, Evans has always been the one lifting another dancer.
There has to be a level of trust established because you're trusting that person with your body ... and you trust that they're not going to drop you and you break something and end your career
said Hill, a junior studying dance.
Gatling's work is one of six original pieces in the school's annual Winter Dance Concert at 7:30 tonight and tomorrow in Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium. Faculty and staff members Zelma Badu-Younge, John Bohuslawsky, Adriana Durant and Mickie Geller and guest artist Kun-Yang Lin will also contribute. Students will perform Noumenon, a historical re-creation first staged by Alwin Nikolais in 1953.
Evans, a freshman studying dance and education, and Hill are among 11 students in Gatling's piece, which was inspired by media images that glamorize the apocalypse.
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