Willamette University Dance Theatre Presents Making the Way

Willamette University Dance Theatre presents its 2008 dance concert, Making the Way. A preview will be shown Thursday, Nov. 20, with regular performances Nov. 21 and 22, all at 7:30 p.m. A Sunday matinee will be held Nov. 23 at 2 p.m. All performances will be in Kresge Theatre on the Willamette campus. The performance will explore diverse dance and music styles, incorporating theatrical elements of design, acting and narrative.

Willamette dance instructor Virginia Belt choreographed several pieces, including Last Fall, which incorporates music from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Requiem. The piece, based on Auguste Rodin's Gates of Hell, portrays the abstract journey of the descent into hell, and is a resetting of a piece Belt previously choreographed for a professional dance company.

Willamette dance instructor Katherine Sanders choreographed three pieces that cover a full spectrum of dance styles and energy, from modern to jazz to hip hop. Students Alexandra Ninneman and Tessa Allen have choreographed a piece that focuses on the concept of conflict and chaos within oneself.

Technical elements of the production will by coordinated by Theatre Department faculty, staff and students. Instructor and resident designer Bobby Brewer-Wallin designed the costumes, and student Anthony Harvey designed the lights, with the assistance of Willamette alumnus Ben Crop.

Please note that evening curtain times have changed to 7:30 p.m. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Willamette University Box Office at (503) 370-6221 or emailing Opening night performances are $12 for general admission and $8 for students and seniors. Most other evening performances are $10 for general admission and $6 for students and seniors. Please contact the Box Office for specific pricing and details. The Willamette campus is located at 900 State St. in Salem. For more information contact the Theatre Department at (503) 370-6222 or visit