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Lyric Reflections combines new compositions and live music

ASU Herberger College Dance presents Lyric Reflections "The Exiles" by Jose Limon reconstruction by Nina Watt Nov. 15-18, 2007.

Photo by Tim Trumble.

November 06, 2007

ASU Herberger College Dance, in collaboration with composers and instrumentalists from the ASU Herberger College School of Music, have created "Lyric Reflections," an evening of six new dance pieces, each of which features live musical accompaniment; several include new composition.

Following its very successful production of "Missa Brevis," ASU Herberger College Dance has been given special permission to produce another masterwork by José Limón. "The Exiles" uses the expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden to symbolize the longing of displaced people throughout the world. Set to a two-piano transcription by Arnold Schoenberg of his Second Chamber Symphony, this piece was recreated by Nina Watt, visiting professor and former Limón Dance Company soloist, and Walter Cosand, ASU Herberger College School of Music professor.

The first of six pieces, "The Egret in the Living Room," speaks to the inability of people to see sometimes what should be most obvious to them. The result of collaboration between Elina Mooney, dance professor, and Jody Rockmaker, composition professor in the Herberger College School of Music, this piece features four dancers and four instrumentalists.

Innovative and arresting costume design by Galina Mihaleva, Dance costume shop coordinator, is featured in the second new piece, "Metamorphosis," choreographed and performed by Shouze Ma, dance professor. Dance graduate students Jenna Kosowski and Holly Wooldridge, join him in a dance exploration of the forces that unify man and nature and create balance in the universe.

Within the third piece, "Earth Measures," Karen Schupp, dance faculty, and Todd Ingalls, Arts, Media, and Engineering Program (AME) professor in the Herberger College of the Arts, created a highly textured piece for five dancers set to an electronic score.

The concert also includes two large-scale works: "The Weight of Light" by Mary Fitzgerald, dance professor, and Glenn Hackbarth, music composition professor in the Herberger College School of Music. The piece features eight dancers and a video by Natalia Yeager. Seven dancers and nine instrumentalists appear in "Cajumbled Mumbo" with new choreography and music by MFA candidates Aileen Mapes (dance) and Jeffrey Ouper (music).

Paul V. Galvin Playhouse, 51 E. 10th St., ASU Tempe campus.

Nov. 15-17, 7:30 p.m.; and Nov. 18, 2 p.m.

$7-$20 and available through the ASU Herberger College box office, 480.965.6447 or at

Public Contact
Mary Robert, ASU Herberger College Dance program manager, 480.965.1208

The School of Theatre and Film in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University provides a comprehensive range of courses in performance and directing; design and production; new work development; theatre and performance studies; film; and theatre for youth. Its Theatre for Youth program is nationally ranked in the top three and the dramatic writing/playwriting program is ranked 15th among public institutions by U.S.News & World Report. To learn more about the School of Theatre and Film, visit

Media Contact:
Mary Robert
Program Manager