With the glut of solo cups cleaned up and the post-Ivies slump on the upswing, it's time for the annual dance show extravaganza. Today, the 30th annual Museum Piece Performance will take place during Common Hour. Performed both inside and outside of the Walker Art Museum, this traditional event includes student-choreographed pieces, independent projects and local musical groups.
The Museum Piece show is connected to the current museum exhibit "Beauty and Duty: The Art and Business of Renaissance Marriage," and the show will culminate with a traditional Renaissance marriage procession.
Many theater and music groups are also showcasing their work. Excerpts from Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing" will be performed by Adjunct Lecturer Nina Pleasant's theater class and the Bowdoin Taiko Drummers will also play.
Some particularly impressive portions of the show are the student projects, including a duet choreographed by Naomi Sturm '08. While many would find it challenging to stage and perform a dance show in a regular theater, Sturm had to take on the task of an outdoor, large-scale show.
"Given that my dance is a duet and comes from specific folklore tradition, my partner and I did not have much difficult choreographing for two bodies," said Strum. "What was difficult, however, was utilizing the space. With only two people you really need to fill the space and provide a lot of variety so that the audience will not get bored and we found that rather challenging."
A triplet performance, choreographed by Kathryn Savasuk '11, Sarah Loeb '11 and Marie Siwicki '11 ,is another one of the show's student projects.
"I think the friendly nature of the 'Museum Pieces' will bright in the student body," said Savasuk. "I may be biased because I have a genuine interest and passion for dance?my feeling is that dance can always bring an interesting form of culture to a college campus. It's such a wonderful form of performance art."
Unlike the other student-run performance, the triplet draws on "everything from training in lyrical and classical jazz, to contemporary modern, to Balanchine ballet," according to Savasuk.
The show will begin today at 12:30 p.m., weather permitting.