Thursday, March 29, 2012

Randolph College Annual Spring Dance Concert Dedicated to the Memory of Visiting Artist Rebecca Jung

The Randolph College Annual Spring Dance Concert kicks off a weekend of performances today. This longstanding tradition features choreography from Randolph students and visiting artists.

The performances will take place at 8 p.m. March 29-31 in Smith Hall Theatre in Smith Memorial Building. Admission is $8 for general admission, $4 for students, and children 12 and under are free.

This year’s concert is dedicated to the memory of visiting artist Rebecca Jung. Jung passed away on September 6, 2011, less than two weeks before her Randolph College residency was to begin. Jung was a frequent visiting artist at Randolph, and was scheduled to stage a work for this year’s Annual Concert. Her death from advanced cancer was devastating and shocking to the entire dance community, and Randolph’s students and faculty members wanted to honor her creativity, talent, and “exuberant zaniness.” The dances included in this year’s Concert celebrate life—its joys, moments of humor, fleeting images of strength, beauty, and pathos.

The 2012 Annual Spring Dance Concert will also feature a special tribute to Jung. The dancers will perform Takehiro Ueyama’s “Footsteps in the Snow,” a stunningly beautiful requiem that Ueyama says reflects on the poignant reality that “nothing is permanent, nothing’s immortal, but we are going to leave something behind.”

photo by Keith Thieneman