Advance reservations are closed for this concert. Seats WILL BE AVAILABLE at the door.
The Center for Creative and Performing Arts at Salem State returns to live performances and other arts events with a Faculty and Guest Artist Dance Concert on Thursday, September 9 at 7:30 pm in the Sophia Gordon Center. The concert will run approximately one hour without intermission.
Admission is free. Registration advance encouraged because all guests will be checked in before entering the theatre.
Masks are required to be worn by all attendees per university COVID-19 safety protocols. Please do not come to the concert if you are feeling unwell.
This concert will feature original choreography by Salem State dance faculty Betsy Miller, Meghan McLyman, Michelle Deane and Laila Franklin and alumni Lindsey McGovern and Jake Crawford.
McGovern and Crawford have choreographed works to texts by Elisabeth Weiss, Museum Sculpture Garden and Cathy Fahey, To the Young Girl in the Torn Dress. These pieces were premiered at the 2021 Mass Poetry Festival.
Miller and McLyman are creating work with Salem State dance alumni and faculty from other university departments. Miller’s piece is the premiere of a 3-part work created in collaboration with professors Phil Swanson, music and JD Scrimgeour, English. The first section is set to Swanson’s original composition The Restless Seas, performed by dance alumni. Sections two and three are performed by Miller with spoken word by Scrimgeour and music by Swanson that blend elements of the games telephone and exquisite corpse and an improvisatory final movement.
McLyman’s piece, What Matters Most?, is created in conjunction with art + design faculty Ken Reker and pianist Karen Gahagan, director of the Center for the Arts. This interactive work will begin in the lobby prior to the start of the concert where the audience will be asked to engage with Reker’s work and answer the question, “What concerns or questions are at the forefront of your mind today?” Selections from Chick Corea’s Children’s Songs accompany this work.