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Jody Weber Dance, Springfield College Repertory Dance Company Tells Stories Through Dance

Ali Izzi

Deputy News Editor

Under the stage lights, dancers smile with pointed toes and delicate fingers, with elongated arabesques and graceful pliés. The audience sees these talented performers and their choreography simply as that – a dance. But if one was to take just a little closer of a look, they might find that, in fact, the dancers are telling a story.

This Friday and Saturday night, Nov. 9 and 10, Jody Weber Dance and the Springfield College Repertory Dance Company will delight the audience of Fuller Arts Center with their own stories through dance.

The night will consist of two separate pieces. The opener, performed by the Repertory Dance Company, was created by artist Kate Seethaler and then interpreted and choreographed by the dancers themselves. Without divulging much information about what, Cynthia Nazzaro, a professor in the Visual and Performing Arts Department, noted that the intricate dance is both beautiful and mysterious, and the soloist begins with her back to the audience.

“This type of piece is very abstract so the audience has to figure out what they think about it,” said Nazzaro. “This piece invites you to use your imagination.”

With the evening only lasting about an hour, there are no intermissions, but Nazzaro is quite excited about the second work, as it brings in a different performance group from Somerville, MA.

“This is an evening of dance and the master work [by Jody Weber Dance], is this piece called ‘Of Looms and Lilies’,” said Nazzaro. “It is a Massachusetts work because it is based on Walden’s Pond, and Henry David Thoreau’s writing works.”

This piece is said to last about thirty minutes filled with music, dance, and film as well as very carefully selected text.

With dance major students in the Repertory Company sharing a night with the Weber Company, it is sure to be a captivating event for both Springfield College performers and the audience.

“It is an outgrowth of the [department] in the sense that we generate the William Simpsons Fine Arts Series,” acknowledged Nazzaro.

As the show falls under this series, outside guests have also been invited to join the audience, and the department will be providing light refreshments after the show for all who attend. All guests will have the chance to speak with both the choreographers and the dancers to get a backstage glance at the show.

Right up until Friday night the performers will be rehearsing vigorously all week, expectant to share their hard work.

“It will be a lot for people to enjoy and think about,” said Nazzaro, excited both for her dancers and for the weekend evenings ahead. “It will have people thinking after they leave the theatre but they will also be entertained.”

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