Overly caffeinated go-getters, the UR Chamber Ensemble, and a menacing, buzzing drone shared the stage for @30, the 30th annual Spring Dance Concert in Alice Jepson Theatre.
As it celebrated its 30th anniversary, the University Dancers included two student-choreographed pieces, one of which incorporated a drone from the physics department. Choreographed by senior Nathan Watwood, “Into the Dark” featured masked dancers on stage, sometimes cowering from and sometimes controlling the drone overhead. “The drone had a lighting and personality of its own that added to the environment,” the piece’s lighting designer, Meagan Rodriguez, ’15, told The Collegian.
The concert also saw the premieres of two original pieces by professional choreographers. Norbert De La Cruz III, recipient of the Joffrey Ballet’s 2014 Choreographer of Color award, completed a residency at Richmond in November. His new piece, “Union of the Senses,” opened the show. “Andante,” choreographed by company artistic director Anne Van Gelder, debuted with live accompaniment by the UR Chamber Ensemble performing Schubert.
Contributions from other guest choreographers and faculty included a lighting collaboration between choreographer Kim Urba, ’06, and lighting designer Michael Jarrett.
“Our students are fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with artists of this caliber, and each guest choreographer has expressed to me that their experience working with the faculty, staff, and students at Richmond has been productive, professional, and conducive to creativity,” Van Gelder said.