Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Trinity Dance Company performs “A Company Affair”

by DUSTY PRIBOR ’16

CONTRIBUTING WRITER

On Feb. 13, the Trinity College Dance Company presented their 2015 spring concert at the Trinity College Commons in a performance entitled, “A Company Affair.”

The concert, which showcased the company’s wide range of talent, consisted of performances from each of the group’s nine dancers. It is clear that the Company is not short on young talent as six of its members are either freshmen or sophomores. However, the group’s veteran presence comes in the form of Brook Moschetto’s ’15 radiant and confident leadership. As a whole, the group carefully blends the unique styles and temperaments of each individual dancer in a way that embodies the commitment and artistry of the Trinity College Dance Company.

The performance began minutes after 7:30PM to a standing room-only crowd at the Trinity College Commons. Family and friends were both in attendance. The stage was of simple design, with a plain background and stylishly employed lighting – allowing the focus to remain on the dancers. The performance opened with the piece “Forgiveness,” a dance choreographed by Hunter Lundquist ’16 to the Dinah Washington & Max Richter song, “This Bitter Earth.” The performance, which featured the entire company, impressively choreographed the use of metal-chairs with the ballad’s slow pace, adding poignancy to the atmosphere in the space. Afterwards, Julia Callahan ’16 and Courtney Munro ’16 danced to Allie Moss’s “Corner,” a piece choreographed by both girls, respectively.

One of most exciting moments in the show came during the ballet performance of to  a song by Youngbloodz titled “I’mma Shine.” Chroeographed by Elise Lasky ‘17, four dancers – including herself – reinvigorated the room with energy in the upbeat performance to the hip-hop classic by Youngbloodz. The sobering effect of the previous two songs was quickly replaced with the company’s energized dancing that left the audience wanting for more.

This piece was then followed with an elegant solo performance to Bill Withers’, “Ain’t No Sunshine.” Choreographed and performed by Cat Haight ’17, the piece combined the crowd’s favorite tune with the demonstration and promise of the company’s young talent.

The performance, choreographed by Julia Callahan ’16 to Shane Koyczan’s “Instruction for a Bad Day,” again shifted the mood from the more serious message of “Ain’t No Sunshine” to an uplifting one. The piece, nearly including the full company, interestingly brought together the song’s spoken word cadence, which strongly contrasted with the previous performance.

The performance of “Miss Thing” to Lavay Smith’s jazz tune, “Everybody’s Talkin’ ‘Bout Miss Thing” exemplified the company’s flexibility. Five dancers dressed in gold sequins put on a very entertaining performance that ranked highly among the audience’s favorites for the night. Choreographed by Molly Thoms ’17, the piece was both entertaining and energizing as the penultimate piece of the night.

The final performance of the night proved to be the perfect ending to a show that illustrated the spectrum of the company’s dance ability.

Later, the company’s performance of “The 9 Girls Who Run the World” channeled the “girl-power” energy of Beyonce’s, “Girls,” Miley Cyrus’, “Do My Thang,” & Nelly Furtado’s, “Maneater.” When asked to comment, Miguel Adamson ’17 remarked, “The last performance had the most energy and was a great way to end the concert. It was a showstopper.” The show concluded to raucous applause for the entire company, but in particular for the group’s only senior, Moschetto, who was deservingly given a bouquet of roses after the show.

The Trinity College Dance company features a talented array of dancers from each end of the age spectrum. The leadership provided by Moschetto ’15 is palpable in her performances with younger dancers. The confidence that she exhibits when dancing is infectious and a testament to the hard work put in by the group. The company’s all-girl ensemble demonstrated their passion for dancing that was reflected in show’s degree of skill and entertainment value. When asked, audience members remarked upon the abilities of both the choreographers and dancers in the student-run company.

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