Weber State University’s Orchesis Dance Theatre presents Where Dance Breathes, a live dance performance welcoming students and the public back to the theatre space for an evening of dance, live music accompaniment and film.
Where Dance Breathes, under the direction of WSU Dance Professor jo Blake, features six student-choreographed works based on various themes, including connection within the community. Orchesis Dance Theatre has been presented annually by WSU for over 60 years and is a beloved tradition for the people of Ogden and surrounding areas. For generations, Orchesis has been an ongoing exploratory opportunity highlighting students’ choreographic and performative practices, as well as the professional commission of guest artists.
Moving Company (WSU’s in-house dance company) will also present two original works during Where Dance Breathes. Using GoPro cameras and live-stream video, WSU Professor of Dance Amanda Sowerby will premiere an experimental work involving dance and film. This project allowed students to dive deeper into the theme of connection in regards to technology and highlights WSU’s focus on interdisciplinary collaboration between academic disciplines.
Moving Company has also had the pleasure of working with Congolese Guest Artist Zim Zim (in collaboration with WSU African Dance Instructor Deja Mitchell), who has shared Congolese culture and dance with WSU students during his time on campus. His piece, titled “An African Fable/Zebulah,” will feature elements from the national dance of Congo and will feature live accompaniment from WSU’s percussion ensemble.
Orchesis Dance Theatre: Where Dance Breathes will run November 18-20 at 7:30 p.m. in the Allred Theatre at the Val A Browning Center for Performing Arts. Tickets can be purchased online at weberstatetickets.com and prices range between $12 and $15. The show is recommended for ages 8 and up.