Northwestern State University’s Theatre and Dance Department will showcase the work of eight graduating seniors at its annual Senior Dance Concert Saturday, April 22 at 7 p.m. in the A.A. Fredericks Auditorium. Admission is free and open to the public.
The concert features original works by Taylor J. Smith of Leesville, Michael Carrier of Lafayette, Annie Dauzat of Watson, Morgan Humphries, Marissa McMickens and Charles Anderson Jr. of Pineville, Logan Terrell of Lake Charles and Scarlett Saizan of Chalmette.
Smith’s “on l’a fait” is a dance movement set to Cajun-French music that begins with a contemporary solo, a percussive tap piece, and concludes with a feel-good jazz funk dance.
“Miss” by Carrier is his debut work that includes musical theatre stylings with influences of old school jazz and character driven motifs. His dance features six stunning dancers, who tell a story of what it means to be a woman in today’s world. The music is a variation of Stephen Sondheim’s “Ladies Who Lunch,” turned into a jazz standard and sung by vocalist Cassandra Wilson.
“Bloom” by Dauzat is a colorful celebration of life to the music of Andrew Bird.
“Second Chance” by Humphries is a high energy, contemporary style dance that shows the battle of wanting a second chance.
Saizan’s “Farewell for Now” is a contemporary piece inspired by the idea of seeing someone again who has passed on.
“Uprooted” by McMickens is a contemporary dance that takes you on a journey through love, loss and acceptance.
“Drop The Bass” by Anderson is a new and refreshingly slayful hip hop piece. In the work five ladies are going to get into formation in this fierce Beyonce medley.
Terrell’s work is “Craft + Strife.”