Boston University School of Theatre Arts Announces the Return of Collaborative Dance Project Aurora Borealis

Contact: Amy Corcoran, 617/353-7293 |

(Boston, Mass.)—For the second year, Boston University School of Theatre Arts will collaborate with the University’s Dance Program to produce Aurora Borealis: A Festival of Light and Dance. This dance performance combines the work of the College of Fine Art’s lighting designers, choreographers and musicians with the work of the dance faculty from the Department of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance and students from the Boston University Dance Theatre Group, with guest artists from Boston Dance Collective. The performances will take place on February 20 and 21 at 8pm and February 22 at 2pm on the Boston University Theatre Mainstage at 264 Huntington Avenue in Boston.

The program will feature the work of choreographers Judith Chaffee, Micki Taylor-Pinney, Ramelle Adams, and Margot Parsons, as well as works by student choreographers Gabrielle Orcha and Sarah Foster.

Micki Taylor-Pinney, the director of Boston University’s Dance Program and Artistic Director of Dance Collective will premiere Prickly Pear, a dance about the struggle for individual territory and personal space, performed by Liz Roncka and Stephany Mendzela. Her second dance, Commodities, set on dancers from the Boston University Dance Theatre Group and School of Theatre Arts, looks at the interaction between those who wield power and those they command.

Judith Chaffee, head of movement for the School of Theatre Arts and former choreographer with Boston Dance Collective, will premiere a piece to Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto #2, which will feature lighting design by John Baker, playfully synchronized with the dancing. Chaffee’s second work is a reconstruction of her 1978 solo to Gershwin’s Three Preludes, choreographed for and performed by Ann Brown Allen, an Associate Director and dancer with Dance Collective who has been a Dance Instructor in Boston University’s Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Department for 27 years. The piece will be accompanied live by Matthew Van Brink, guest artist of Collage New Music Ensemble, and graduate student in composition in the Boston University School of Music.

Boston University faculty member Ramelle Adams will present a charming duet called Main Street at High Noon, which uses a small bicycle and large umbrella to set a whimsical mood. Margot Parsons’s dance, Cascade, will be a premier work that conveys feelings of support and caring amongst a community of dancers. This fluid sextet is the culminating section of a trio of dancers.

Student-choreographed works include The Whole Megillah, by Gabrielle Orcha, an exuberant three piece suite set to Klezmer music about the familial joy and craziness passed down through the generations that uses both Jewish folk and modern dance. Also by Ms. Orcha, Suffering into Being explores rage, agony, and grief in a dramatic dance set to Ancient Greek music, inspired by Dionysian rituals. Sarah Foster offers Desertification, a piece inspired by her time in Africa that reflects on changes in group identity.

Public Ticket Information

Performances of Aurora Borealis: A Festival of Light and Dance will take place on the Boston University Theatre Mainstage at 264 Huntington Avenue, Boston, on:
• Friday, February 20 at 8pm
• Saturday, February 21 at 8pm
• Sunday, February 22 at 2pm

Tickets are $10 general public; $5 BU alumni, BU students, faculty, staff and Huntington Theatre subscribers. Call the Boston University Theatre Box Office at 617/266-0800.

Please note, for Boston University faculty, staff and students: One ticket free with BU ID at the door on day of performance, subject to availability.

Dance at Boston University

Along with the movement and dance component of theatre training in the School of Theatre Arts at Boston University, an extensive program of dance and movement courses is housed within the Department of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. Through the Physical Education Program, students, faculty and staff may choose from a wide selection of dance genres ranging from the beginning to the advance level. An accomplished staff—all of whom have professional affiliations in Boston—teaches these courses. This past year, enrollment in dance courses numbered 1600. Boston University supports several dance organizations, including the Dance Theatre Group, directed by Ms. Taylor-Pinney. A Dance Minor is offered through the College of Fine Arts. Further information is available at

School of Theatre Arts at the Boston University College of Fine Arts

The Boston University College of Fine Arts’ School of Theatre Arts, founded in 1950, is one of the country’s leading institutions for the study of acting, stage management, design and production, and all aspects of the entertainment industry. Notable School of Theatre Arts alumni include actors such as Oscar-nominee Julianne Moore; Emmy-winners Michael Chiklis and Alfre Woodard; and Brad Oscar, who just completed a national tour as Max Bialystock in The Producers. Other notable alumni are theatrical producer Stewart Lane, whose current hit Thoroughly Modern Millie received six Tony Awards; Andrew Lack, Chairman and CEO of Sony Music; public television producer and creator of This Old House, Russell Morash; playwrights Martin Sherman and Craig Lucas; and theatre and film production designer, Wynn P. Thomas, whose credits include A Beautiful Mind, Analyze This, and Malcolm X.

Boston University College of Fine Arts is a conservatory-style school within a major research university, offering a liberal arts education along with professional training in Music, Theatre Arts, and Visual Arts to 1000 graduate and undergraduate students. Education at the College of Fine Arts begins at Boston University and extends into the city of Boston, a center of cultural, artistic and intellectual activity.

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