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This spring's Humboldt State University's dance concert, “Physical Reality,” brings a physicality to such diverse elements as “Alice in Wonderland” and post traumatic stress disorder beginning at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and at the same time Friday and Saturday in the HSU'S Van Duzer Theatre. More than 40 dancers perform in 10 original works, employing styles from traditional Middle Eastern to hip-hop.

Themes of the student-choreographed dances vary from Kelsey Brennan's examination of the effect of post-traumatic stress on returning soldiers to Melina Calderon's exploration of the dynamics of a love affair to Shannon Adams and Alexandra Stock's physical interpretation of the search for personal balance.

”The dance based on 'Alice in Wonderland' by Amanda Perez is hilarious,” said Sharon Butcher, concert coordinator and dance professor. “It's the familiar characters in a different story. And in 'The Coriolis Effect,' Allie Phinney brings the stage to life with the beautiful colors and movements of long, flowing veils.”

Two faculty members also perform: Shoshanna presents a new dance in traditional Egyptian (or belly dance) style, and Linda Maxwell devises a ballet with a jazz flair.

Guest artist Laura Munoz created “When I Die Leave the Balcony Open,” which was featured at the recent American College Dance Festival, along with another work on the program, Camille Ruiz' solo, created in collaboration with Dani Gutierrez.


Known for his work with Dell'Arte, composer/musician Tim Gray provides original scores for two dances.

”He adds multiple layers of texture and interest to those dances,” Butcher said. “It's a perfect example of how the right sounds can elevate a dance and help to convey the choreographer's intent.”

”Physical Reality,” continues at 7:30 p.m. April 10, 11 and 12; and 2 p.m. April 13. Tickets are $10 general, $8 seniors/students, (there's a limited number of free seats for HSU students at each performance) and are available at the University Ticket Office (826-3928) or at the door.

For more information, visit http://HSUStage.

If you go

What: HSU Spring Dance Concert

When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday

Where: HSU Van Duzer Theatre

Admission: $10 general, $8 seniors/students