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October 2, 2013

On the Edge

VALDOSTA — The Valdosta State University Repertory Dancers have always presented an animated performance, but this year’s production is animated in a far different way.

The opening dance for VSU Theatre & Dance’s “On the Edge” is choreographer Eric Brandt Nielsen’s “Attic Antics.”

VSU Art Professor Hollis Barnett introduced Nielsen to motion capture technology. This same technology is used in film to create special-effect characters like Gollum in the “Lord of the Rings” movies. Actors wear special costumes, usually dotted with sensor spheres that look like ping pong balls. The technology records the movements, then allows special-effects artists to develop animated, often life-like, fantasy characters.

For “Attic Antics,” Nielsen’s fellow VSU Dance instructors Sarah Wildes Arnett and Catherine Schaeffer donned these special suits this past summer. They danced Nielsen’s choreography and Barnett has transformed them into various special-effects characters. Live student dancers will share the stage with this recorded performance during the four presentations of “On the Edge” this week.

“Attic Antics” live dancers: Antoinette Williams, Kada-Krystal Mitchell, Elizabeth Michelle Adams, Melanna Kegley, Kristen Keebler. Costume designer: Kathy Raess-Young. Scenic, lighting designer: Ruth A. Brandvik.

“On the Edge” is VSU Repertory Dancers’ 28th annual dance production. It will feature a rotation of various types of dances choreographed by Nielsen, Schaeffer and Arnett. If the choreography format follows past Repertory Dancers productions, it will feature dance vignettes — some funny, some thought provoking, some presenting a story, some reveling in the sheer rhythms of dance.

SHOWTIME

VSU Repertory Dancers present “On the Edge.” Part of the VSU Theatre & Dance season.

When: Shows run 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 3-5; 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6.

Where: Sawyer Theatre, VSU Fine Arts Building, corner of Oak and Brookwood.

Tickets, more information: Call (229) 333-5973; or visit www.valdosta.edu/comarts

 

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