Mercyhurst Dancers perform 'Symphony in Motion'

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

The Mercyhurst University Dancers will showcase four eclectic works by regional and Erie-based  Symphony in Motionchoreographers in their fall concert titled “Symphony in Motion.” Performances are slated Nov. 9-11, Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center.

The company of 70 dancers was recently recognized by the Erie Reader as “Best Dance Company.”

The return of Michael Gleason’s classic Symphonie Italianne to Mendelsohn’s symphonic score Italian Symphony features 23 dancers in four musical movements of neo-classical ballet with exquisite new sets and costumes.

Cleveland-based guest choreographer Catherine Meredith has staged Aftermath for nine women. This work is an expression of the “Me Too” movement, inspired by Reese Witherspoon’s comment, “We have been siloed off from each other. We’re finally hearing each other, and seeing each other, and now locking arms in solidarity with each other, and in solidarity for every woman who doesn’t feel seen, to finally be heard.”

Maria Caruso, artistic director of Pittsburgh’s Bodiography, offers up Influence, a work that explores the practices, experiences, and methodologies of other people’s influences on our lives. While whimsical in its shape and phrasing, this abstract rendering serves as a vehicle to express how we experience people and events in our lives that in turn shape who we are.

On Broadway, choreographed by Assistant Professor Mark Santillano, presents a Broadway dance revue highlighting well known dances from Grease, The Pajama Game, The Lion King and The Tap Dance Kid.

Dance Professor Tauna Hunter says this concert is perfect for families with children. “The performance is just short of two hours long; the show times convenient; the tickets affordable; and these emerging artists present with the confidence and artistry of professionals,” she says.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $5 for students/youth. To purchase tickets, visit or call the box office at 814-824-3000.

*On Friday, Nov. 9, the gala performance includes a pre-performance reception benefiting the Jenni-Lyn Watson Memorial Scholarship Fund and the Mercyhurst Empowerment and Prevention Project, a partnership between Mercyhurst University, Crime Victim Center of Erie County and SafeNet.

PHOTO: Alexis Snedeker