What is truth? Is personal truth the same as universal truth? How can one explore these concepts through movement?
“Veracity: A Dance Concert” features 10 dance pieces in response to these questions. Performances are scheduled from Nov. 13-22 at Willamette University.
Choreographed by six Willamette students and faculty members and directed by professor Jessi Fouts, “Veracity” features more than 40 dancers performing modern, ballet, tap, aerial dance and musical theatre. Several pieces also include live music and singing.
“Although there is the cohesive idea of truth underlying the entire show, each choreographer is bringing a unique approach to this idea in each piece,” Fouts says. “The pieces will touch and inspire the audience through the mediums of movement and music.”
Last year’s dance concert, “Beginnings,” marked a surge in attendance and response to dance at Willamette, Fouts says. With “Veracity,” she hopes to further increase this art form’s popularity.
“Last year we had sold out performances, individuals coming to see it multiple times, and audience members who were so moved by what they saw on stage they came to me with tears in their eyes,” she says.
“We have built an awareness of the presence and the importance of dance at Willamette, and we will continue to do so with ‘Veracity.’”
Performances are at 7:30 p.m. each day, with two matinees at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 16 and Saturday, Nov. 22. The concert runs for two hours, with one intermission.
General-admission tickets for the preview performance cost $8, the same as all tickets for students and seniors 65 and older. Matinees are $10, and evening performances are $12.
Tickets may be purchased at the door, by calling the WU Theatre Box Office at 503-370-6221 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. They are also available at www.boxofficetickets.com and at Travel Salem, 181 High St., 503-581-4325 (Ext. 21).
• Article by Emma Jonas ’15, creative writing major