The Lamar University department of theatre and dance will present its annual “Fall and Recovery” dance concert, Nov. 18-20 in the University Theatre.
Dance major, junior and Beaumont native, Rebekah Gonzales said this year’s concert will feature the first aerial performance, in which dancers suspend from different types of fabrics that hang from the ceiling.
“Aerial is definitely the most physically demanding thing I’ve ever tried,” she said. “Combine that with the goal of making the movements fluid and beautiful, and it’s quite the challenge.”
Gonzales has only been training in aerial dancing for a few months in preparation for the show.
“Being in the air makes me feel so strong, and really proud of what my body can do,” Gonzales said. “I’m a fairly small person, so it surprises people that I’m able to do some of the tricks I’ve learned on the silk.”
She said that aerial dance has increased her strength and endurance, and is quickly becoming one of her favorite styles.
“Being in charge of my own body while hanging two stories in the air is an exhilarating and powerful feeling,” Gonzales said.
Travis Prokop, assistant professor of dance, will be teaching an aerial dance course in the spring.
“It’s not a common art form, which is why it’s so great that Lamar is offering the aerial course,” Gonzales said. “I can’t wait to see how this beautiful art weaves its way into our university.”
Along with the new dance style, the department also brought in a special Lamar alumni guest choreographer.
“This year we brought in Havord Trustee,” Golden Wright, department chair, said. “He is a dancer for Carnival Cruise Line and graduated from Lamar.”
Dance majors said that Trustee’s style of dance is unique and different than their normal pieces.
“Each year we want to bring something different to the audience,” Wright said. “We also want to challenge our students to try new things.”
Gonzales said that performing for her department is one of the highlights of every semester.
“I can’t wait to show our LU community the product of our hard work,” Gonzales said.
Concert times will be 7:30 p.m., for the Nov.18 and 19 show, and at 2 p.m., for the Nov. 20 show.
Ticket prices are $15 for general admission, $10 for LU faculty and senior citizens and $7 for Lamar students. Tickets will go on sale Nov. 14 at the University Theatre.
For more information, call 880-2250, or visit lamar.edu/ theatreanddance.