St. Gregory’s Presents An Evening in Paris
St. Gregory’s is taking you dancing in the City of Lights this weekend with An Evening in Paris. The first performance of the season by SGU’s Dance Program, An Evening in Paris features eight numbers, choreographed by dance faculty and students in a variety of styles.
From the ballet-inspired “Opposition” to the lively tap-dancing world of French comics in “Felina4” and the aerial acrobatics of “Il M’aime…Non,” the dancers will give you a taste of Paris and leave you craving more.
SGU Performing Arts Chair and choreographer Dr. Jessica Van Oort and aerial director and choreographer Amy Nevius collaborated on the closing number, “Not Your Typical Day at Court,” which starts in the Baroque era with a re-creation of a court dance and transforms midway into a 10-member jazz and modern dance finale.
“Jessica was doing a traditional, Baroque piece,” Nevius said. “I liked the idea of having the Court and royalty, but I also thought it might be fun to have the other side of things, the peasants, involved. I used jazz dance and little bit more contemporary music to show the differences between the peasants and the royalty.”
An Evening in Paris is also the first SGU dance show to include narrations by St. Gregory’s Theatre students, who will share the thoughts of writers, artists and others who lived in Paris in the late 19th and early 20th centuries to set the tone for each dance.
“We’ve decided this time out to weave the whole performance into one, big narrative,” Van Oort said, “so when you’re not seeing dancers on stage, a tour guide will be taking you through some of the beauties of Paris and the surrounding countryside to make it more of an immersive experience.
“Some of the quotes are cool, and some of them are a little depressing. One of them is about drunkenness, one of them is about showgirls, and one of them about being backstage at the Paris Opera Ballet.”
An Evening in Paris opens at 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 25, at Sarkeys Performing Arts Center on the SGU campus, with an encore performance at 8 p.m. the following night. Tickets are $10 for Adults, $8 for students and $5 for children and can be purchased at the box office one hour prior to each performance. SGU students, staff and faculty will receive one free ticket at the Box Office when they present their university IDs.