By SARA GIBONEY
KEARNEY – The University of Nebraska at Kearney Dance Program presents Synergy, a concert dance that demonstrates the relationship between music and movement. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday (April 21-23) in the Miriam Drake Theatre.
Synergy features the UNK Wind Ensemble playing live on stage throughout the concert. This is the first time UNK Dance and the Wind Ensemble have collaborated on a production. The Wind Ensemble is directed by Music Professor Duane Bierman.
“This performance is unique because it is the first collaboration between UNK Dance and the UNK Wind Ensemble,” said Dance Director Dayna DeFilippis. “Dr. Bierman and I worked together to create a program that highlights the talents of both ensembles. As such, the musicians will play live on stage as the dancers perform. Synergy is an eclectic performance that showcases the innate relationship between movement and music through a contemporary lens.”
The concert will feature four dances choreographed by DeFilippis – “Near Miss,” “Unlocked” and “Salty and Sweet.”
The performance will also feature four dances choreographed by UNK dance students – “Unity” by Tommy Augustin of Crofton, “Enchantment” by Minori Yamauchi of Japan, “Two is Better than One” by Brianna Melroy of Kearney and “Way Back to When” by Melroy and Yamauchi.
Costumes for the performance were designed by UNK Costume Coordinator Sara Ice and student designers Matthen Benes of Lincoln, Carlie Casas of Chicago, Elaine Christensen of Kearney and Akaela Lieth of Kearney. Light design was created by UNK Lighting and Management Professor Del DeLorm and student designers Benes and Casas.
Tickets are $10 for the public, $5 for those 18 years or younger and free for UNK students.
UNK Dance Ensemble
Curtis – Mary Storm
Fullerton – Alyssa Wetovick
Hastings – Makenzie Hinrichs, Tanner Peshek
North Platte – Brooke Butterfield, Tessa Reece
Omaha – Mary Dworak
Ord – Austin Edgehill
Papillion – Breanna Carter
Scottsbluff – Brayden Ryan
Choshi, Chiba, Japan – Mizuki Watanabe
Gifu, Japan – Akira Watanabe
Yokohama-Shi, Kanagawa, Japan – Minori Yamauchi
Ansan, Korea – So-Young Chung
Source: Dayna DeFilippis, 308.865.8642, firstname.lastname@example.org
Writer: Sara Giboney, 308.865.8529, email@example.com
Photos by Corbey R. Dorsey/UNK Communications