In the annual production's 21st year, Pepperdine students will showcase their skill and creativity at Dance in Flight, with performances at Smothers Theatre on Thursday, Feb. 6, and Friday, Feb. 7, at 8 p.m. Two additional performances will take place Saturday, Feb. 8, at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
This year Dance in Flight will pay tribute to the movies, celebrating the art of filmmaking through dance. Last summer, participating students were immersed in creating a feature length movie called Dance in Flight: The Film. Coming away from the new endeavor, the students gained an appreciation and new understanding for the art of filmmaking.
"The 2014 company has an incredible passion and excitement for dance and this program," says Alexandra Palmer, the student organizations coordinator for Student Activites and program alumna. "Dance in Flight is important for the development and education of Pepperdine students, and gives its students the unique opportunity to foster leadership skills, push the limits of their creativity, and most importantly gives them an incredible community to call their family."
Palmer continues, "As an artist, one of the most rewarding and beneficial experiences of my life has been the opportunity to collaborate with other artists through choreography and a variety of conceptual design media. As a student, Dance in Flight was the reason I ultimately chose to attend Pepperdine. Now as a working professional for the past four years, Dance in Flight has been the reason I have stayed."
As in years past, the show will consist of a variety of dance styles, including ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, lyrical, modern, ballroom, and hip hop. This year the choreography and accompanying visual arts will draw inspiration from a variety of film genres, including old Hollywood, drama, romance, animation, horror, and cult classics. The dances will either use music from movie soundtracks or include a thematic tone from a specific movie genre. Throughout the performance, the use of film projections and iconic movie clips will play as an integral part by providing transitions and scenic settings for the dances. The Dance in Flight film trailer will premiere on opening night.
"The exciting thing about this year is that half of the dancers are participating in Dance in Flight for the first time, many of them freshman," says Bill Szobody, Dance in Flight director and professor of dance. "It has been fun to watch our rookies grow within the creative process and build new friendships while collaborating, learning, and dancing with our talented veterans."
For more information, and to purchase tickets, visit the Center for the Arts website.