Four award winning contemporary choreographers take inspiration from the expressive instrument of the guitar to create this year's Dance Downtown, the annual concert that showcases the talents of undergraduate and graduate dance majors. Acclaimed dance artist, OSU Dance alumna and Modern Dance icon Dianne McIntyre presents a new work in response to the sounds of early blues.
McIntyre is highly regarded for her choreographic musicality and her deep dedication to dancers being in intimate relationship to the music. Legendary choreographer, alumna and Distinguished Professor of Dance Bebe Miller reprises her 1991 creation with The Hendrix Redux, a chaotic, yet ordered visualization of the music of the legendary guitarist, performed on the original set pieces by Caroline Beasley-Baker.
Visiting artist from Costa Rica Jimmy Ortiz constructs movement material inspired by the concept of radical transformations. An original sound score composed for his work harnesses the versatility and virtuosity of both electric and acoustic guitars. Ortiz is an internationally renowned choreographer known for creating movement expressions that are urgent, compelling, and emotionally pitch perfect.
Choreographer Abby Zbikowski creates a new work with students exploring her signature rhythmically driven, hard-edged movement vocabulary, drawn from the essence and vitality of punk and hip-hop aesthetics. Entitled Without a Cause, the work samples music from various punk and hardcore bands such as the Runaways, Bad Brains, and Swans, among others.
Admission: $20 General Public, $10 OSU Faculty/Staff/Alumni, Senior Citizens, Students (w/ID) and Children. Tickets may be purchased via the OSU Theater Box Office in person or by phone: (614) 292-2295.($1 per ticket ordered by phone.) Discounted tickets are only available at the OSU Theatre Box Office.
The Capitol Theatre is on the third floor of the Riffe Center.