July 25, 2018
Fir Acres Theater
Dance Extravaganza 2018
Performances: December 7 & 8 at 7:30pm & 10pm
Fir Acres Theatre Main Stage
Saturday, September 8, Noon - 3:00pm, Black Box.
Dance Extravaganza, commonly referred to as Dance X, offers students the opportunity to have their choreography fully staged and seen by large audiences.
The Lewis & Clark College Dance Program believes in empowering students to create and produce dance at the highest possible level. Since its beginning in 1996, over a thousand students have participated in making Dance X what it is today.
Theater Major Emily Stone brainstormed the first Dance Extravaganza 20 years ago as an experimental non-credited theatrical dance performance in the Black Box. A total of twelve students were collectively the producers, choreographers, performers, costume designers and lighting designers. The atmosphere was truly circuslike with the overflow of audience members sitting in the catwalks as well as the tech crew doing vaudeville-esque numbers in between the pieces. After several successful years of sell out runs in the Black Box the show eventually involved faculty and staff and was moved onto the Main Stage. It is now structured as a course (TH 252 Rehearsal and Performance, Dance) that sequences students through TH 308 (Dance Composition and Improvisation) in preparation to choreograph (499 Independent Study). Dance X annually showcases the work of five to seven choreographers and has involved up to 80 dancers.
Though the Extravaganza is now formally presented on the Main Stage, we still encourage choreographers to experiment with new ideas and to investigate and invent authentic movement vocabulary. Student choreographers are encouraged to combine skills they develop in class with their own aesthetic sensibility. We invite those students with a high level of training and technical ability and those students with no training or performance experience to audition. I applaud the fine work of our choreographers and performers as well as all the artists’ and technicians’ efforts that occur behind the scenes.
~Susan E. Davis, Dance Program Head
BUY TICKETS ONLINE HERE beginning November 12, 2018
Physical BOX OFFICE in Fir Acres Theatre:
Tickets can also be purchased (cash only) at our Box Office, Monday through Friday, 1:00-5:00pm, and one hour before performances beginning December 3. Phone reservations for non-campus ticket purchasers only (503-768- 7495).
$15 General Admission
$10 L&C Faculty/Staff/Alums, Sr. Citizens, Non L&C Students
$5 L&C Students
$8 Groups of 10 or more
QUESTIONS: firstname.lastname@example.org, 503-768-7491