HUDSON, Wis. – The Phipps Dance Company performs at 7:30 p.m. March 9 at 7:30 p.m. and 2 and 7:30 p.m. March 10 at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson.
Led by artistic directors Barb Suick and Stephanie Campbell, The Phipps Dance Company is preparing for its seventh annual performances. The 2011-2012 company is comprised of 14 auditioned dancers ranging in age from 13 to 18 years old: Sophie Barker and Megan Gjerde of Afton; Jenna Lammer, Christine Palmer and Carley Ruemmele of River Falls; Kaylie Brand, Haiden Campbell, Casey Delgado, Lindsey Knopps, Hana Saifullah, Justine Ploeger, Kelsey Schwalbach, Stephanie Stoerzinger and Rachel Werner of Hudson.
Included in this year’s multi-faceted concert are hip-hop, modern, lyrical, musical theater and contemporary ballet selections. The concert will showcase works by three guest choreographers, Christina Leines, Mackenzie Lewis, and Jennifer Mack, in addition to pieces set by Suick and Campbell.
Leines choreographed "Cool," from "West Side Story," with music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.
Lewis has remixed music from Datsik and Flux Pavilion, Major Lazer, and the song "On and On" by Missy Elliot, challenging her cast of six young women in the athletic style of hip-hop. "Nostalgic Reveal" is an intense journey of past terrors and hardships.
Mack has titled her selection "In the Dust and Wind," which is set to the Zoe Keating songs "Forest" and "Escape Artist." This hopeful piece centers on the idea of holding ground in the face of adversity.
Suick is exploring the theme of greed in her piece "Tis the Gift to be Free." The dance begins with the song "The Lame Shall Enter First," by Saxon Shore, and is followed by a second section portraying the antithesis of greed, which is gratitude for that which is truly important in life. The second section is set to the song "Simple Gifts," performed by Alison Kraus and Yo Yo Ma.
Campbell’s piece, "Saturate," explores overindulgence and is set to contemporary classical music by Ludovico Einaudi and Jonathan Elias. "Saturate" delves into the idea of being tied up in compulsions and escaping the feeling of being trapped.
General admission tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for all students. Reservations can be made by calling The Phipps ticket office at 715-386-8409.