Southeastern Dance Performance Project to present two dance concerts in October

Wednesday, October 7, 2015
by: Tonya Lowentritt


     HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts’ dance company, Dance Performance Project, will present two concerts in October. Both are directed by Instructor and Artistic Director Keith “Skip” Costa.
     General admission tickets to both 45-minute concerts are $5 and will be available one hour prior to the performance. For more information, contact Costa at
Scheduled at 7:30 p.m., “Thinking for a Change,” an improvisation concert, will take place in Vonnie Borden Theatre.
     Costa said Southeastern’s resident improvisation dance company “Dance Performance Project 2” will again perform in an exclusive mainstage concert performed to the art of improvisation and performance.
     “The 10 dances will reflect individual ways that ‘thought; can effectively inspire people and humanity to make a difference in this world - to make changes for the better,” he said.
The second dance concert is “10: The Katrina Project” and is scheduled Oct. 15 and 16 at 7:30 p.m. in Vonnie Borden Theatre as part of Fanfare, the university’s annual fall festival of the arts, humanities and social sciences.
     Three education outreach matinees are also scheduled for this concert. The performances are scheduled on Oct. 15 at 9:30 a.m. and on Oct. 16 at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. For more information about the education outreach performances, contact Costa.
     “’10: The Katrina Project’ is a huge undertaking, as we have worked with artists from music, visual arts and theatre for this concert,” Costa said. “All of the music has been created especially for the project, as well as images and the set environment for the production. The choreography has been designed by me and three student choreographers.”
     Choreographers include Lindsy Brown of El Paso, Tex., Joseph Matherne of Luling, and Christa Clement-Sevein of Chalmette.
     Composers/musicians for the concert are Matthew Hawkins of Gonzales, Blayke Weatherford for Denham Springs and Chance Phillips of Mandeville.
     Dancers performing in the concert include Connie Adams of Houma, Forrest Duplantier of Covington, Hayley Jordan of Baton Rouge, Lily Marcus of Tallahassee, Fla., Alexis May of Denham Springs, and Grace Taffaro of Chalmette.
     Visual artists and/or poets contributing to the project include John Valentino, Jeff Mickey, John Atkins and Lauren Larson.

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