Category: Works-a-Foot (1)
In preparation for Works-a-Foot, an annual showcase of talent from Montclair State University’s Dance Program, students had the unique opportunity to work with choreographer Doug Elkins. Elkins, who returns to Peak Performances in March with Fräulein Maria, held a series of rehearsals and ultimately choreographed a new work specifically for students in the dance program at MSU. Take a peek at this clip (courtesy Rodney Leinberger):
Over its five-year history, a range of prominent choreographers have graced the stage of the Alexander Kasser Theater. Often these choreographers, who have included Bill T. Jones, Susan Marshall, Margaret Jenkins, and Liz Lerman, lead master classes and workshops in the Department of Theatre and Dance. This year, Elkins stepped up to the plate as part of this choreography tradition at MSU.
Students met with Elkins once a week for five weeks, in addition to two Sunday rehearsals. The dance piece that emerged from their collaboration, She could never remember which was better…safe?…or sorry?, presented as part of Works-a-Foot, involved nineteen students thinking on their feet, music by The Cornelius Brothers and Björk, and a variety of contemporary dance moves.