Inspiration for the art of dance springs from many places. The beginnings of works featured in Sweet Briar College’s Fall Dance Concert, which will be held at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11 and Saturday, Nov. 12 in Murchison Lane Auditorium, can be found any where from everyday relationships to a cave in France.
Sophomore Gabrielle Boggs’ “Pressure and Autonomy,” which she is choreographing for seven dancers, is about a struggle that is common for young people. It’s set to a techno recording, “Malturi Sa” by Cluster.
“My inspiration was peer pressure that we all feel while we are still trying to be ourselves,” said Boggs, who has aspired to teach dance for as long as she can recall and plans to pursue her Master of Arts in Teaching at Sweet Briar. “That is what I hope the audience gets from the piece. That even when facing peer pressure you can be yourself and pull through.”
Angst also underlies an as yet untitled piece by junior dance major and B.F.A. candidate Sarah Fletcher about cliques and being excluded from groups. It is a mix of modern dance and ballet, set to “Prosze, Rosie, Daj Noge” by James Newton Howard from the “Water for Elephants” movie soundtrack.
And Lynchburg native Jessica Murphy confronts another human foible in “Dark Whispers,” in which five dancers express how rumors are manipulated and used to effect people. Murphy uses a piece of fabric on stage to symbolize the rumor.
Dance program director Mark Magruder reached back to a different time and place — that cave in France. His “Song Cycle” “explores the primal connection between voice and movement,” he says. It is partially inspired by a pre-historic etching of a singing dancer found in the La Marche cave.
The dance combines both art forms. In addition to students singing, sophomore Ty Shreve will play the flute. Magruder composed and performs the music with drummer Tom Marcais, with whom he frequently collaborates.
“This piece has a mesmerizing, almost spiritual quality at times and at other moments in the dance it is bounding with high athletic energy,” Magruder says.
Ellen Reid, a senior Bachelor of Fine Arts candidate, and dance professor Ella Magruder will also choreograph works for the concert. Marcais is composing music for Ella Magruder’s choreography, which she is calling “It looks like fun and games. … ”
It is written for six performers, five of whom are first-year students. “They are an energetic group,” she says.
Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call (434) 381-6150.