“Does it say what I want it to say?”
The question is fundamental for any artist. But for young dancers and choreographers, says Christine Knoblauch-O’Neal, professor of the practice in dance at Washington University in St. Louis, the answer is best found in public performance.
“Putting your work on stage is the ultimate test,” she said. “How does the audience respond? Are they leaning forward in their seats? Do they laugh when things are supposed to be funny? It can be a real education.”
On April 15, 16 and 17, the Performing Arts Department (PAD) in Arts & Sciences will present “Young Choreographers Showcase.” The biennial concert, which takes place in the Annelise Mertz Dance Studio on the Danforth Campus, will feature 14 dancers in five original works created by student choreographers in the PAD’s Dance Program.