Southeastern to hold dance auditions for “Bayourella”

Tuesday, August 2, 2016
by: Tonya Lowentritt

     HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University’s resident student dance company, Dance Performance Project, will hold contemporary dance auditions for Southeastern students and community dancers Aug. 17, 18 and 20 for an upcoming dance concert in October.
     Called “Bayourella: A Story of Forgiveness,” the fall event will be directed by Dance Instructor Skip Costa. The production will also include original music performed live, original costume designs, and a set that includes a 25-foot dock over the bayou.
     “‘Bayourella: a Story of Forgiveness’” is an InterARTS™ performance approach to movement creation being developed by Costa that fuses the elements of dance, music, theatre, and visual arts for a true kinesthetic experience for the audience, usually within a very emotional journey through the human condition,” said Dance Coordinator Martie Fellom. “In this production, one of the aspects that Skip is focusing on is the complexity and cruelness of Bayourella’s step-mother’s life in order to define her treatment towards Bayourella.”
     Auditions are open to incoming Southeastern freshmen, as well as community dancers in grades 6 - 12, and will be conducted in the dance studio in the Kinesiology and Health Studies Building, Costa said. Students attending the audition will be taught several short movement phrases and should wear something that shows their form, especially on the upper body torso.
     Auditions for Southeastern students are scheduled Aug. 17 and 18, from 5 to 6 p.m. Dancers should arrive by 4:45 p.m. and need only attend one audition.
     Auditions for community dancers are scheduled Saturday, Aug. 20, from 11 a.m. to noon. Dancers should arrive by 10:45 a.m. Community dancer rehearsals are scheduled 10:45 – noon on two Saturdays - Sept. 24 and Oct. 1.
     For more information, contact Fellom at

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