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‘Full Circle’ – Northwestern’s Senior Dance Concert

Annual concert showcases original choreography by soon-to-graduate dance majors

  • Program to include work by Robyn Mineko Williams of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
  • Original works by senior dance majors will be performed by student ensemble
  • A cohesive and entertaining showcase of diverse and thought-provoking dance pieces

EVANSTON, Ill. --- “Full Circle” -- Northwestern University’s 2016 Senior Dance Concert -- will showcase original choreography by the four featured dance majors.

Presented by the School of Communication, the program also will include a work by visiting guest artist Robyn Mineko Williams of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago.

“Full Circle” performances will take place at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 12; 8 p.m. Friday, May 13; and 8 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at the Marjorie Ward Marshall Dance Center’s Ballroom Studio, 10 Arts Circle Drive, on Northwestern’s Evanston campus.

Directed by Northwestern Professor Susan A. Lee, founding director of the dance program, this year’s concert will be a cohesive and entertaining showcase of diverse and thought-provoking pieces that will expose audiences to the unlimited artistic expressions in dance.

The senior dance majors whose works will be performed by an ensemble of student dancers include Ariel Harper, Annalissa Hartsell, Paige Lester and Sarah Morimoto, who also will perform a work by visiting guest artist Robyn Mineko Williams. 

Williams was a member of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago for 12 seasons. During that time she performed choreography by many renowned artists and originated roles in new works in 2001 by Twyla Tharp and Lar Lubovitch, among others. Prior to joining Hubbard Street, she danced for River North Dance Chicago. She began creating her own work in 2001 through Hubbard Street’s Inside/Out Choreographic Workshop and in 2010, co-choreographed with Terence Marling Hubbard Street 2’s Harold and the Purple Crayon: A Dance Adventure,” designed for young audiences. 

Williams has since created multiple premieres for Hubbard Street’s main company, including the “Art of Falling,” a full evening production by the artists of The Second City and Hubbard Street and has made work for Atlanta Ballet, Grand Rapids Ballet, Visceral Dance Chicago and The Nexus Project, presented at the Kennedy Center, the American Dance Festival, the Joyce Theater and other venues. She was named one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” for 2014. In 2016, Williams was selected as one of Newcity’s Players “The 50 People Who Really Perform for Chicago.” 

Tickets for “Full Circle” are $10 for the general public and $5 for students with IDs.

Tickets can be purchased online or at the Wirtz Center Box Office, located in the lobby of the Ethel M. Barber Theater, 30 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston campus. Information also is available on Northwestern’s new Arts Circle website.

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