Crash pads, pointe shoes, the sounds of moving trains and interactive projections come together for theFall Spectrum Dance Production
. Eight choreographers have set new work on the students of Sam Houston State University’s acclaimed dance department, and the crash pads are seen in Andy Noble’s work. “I think it’s calledBanana Johnson in Crash Pad Heaven
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,” laughs Noble’s wife, Dionne Noble, who’s a member of the SHSU dance faculty. “You know those pads that you put under people doing aerial work so they can fall and not hurt themselves? He’s using them in unbelievably nontraditional ways. [At one point], they’re sliding across the stage.” Canadian Gerard Theoret (Cirque du Soleil/Royal Winnipeg Ballet) contributes a ballet-inspired work. “The dancers are in pointe shoes,” says Dionne Noble, “but the music has a marimba flavor to it. It’s very different.”
Noble herself has created Alla Stazione Termini (Termini Station), a work inspired by her travels to Italy last summer. Stazione Termini explores the interactions between people as they go about their commutes and travels and is set to a soundtrack that incorporates the sounds from an actual station. “The first three minutes or so is all the sounds you would hear at a train station, the comings and goings of trains, some chatter, the click-clacking of heels.”
Teoma Naccarato, also from Canada, contributes a work that features technology in a prominent role. “She’s done a work where the different sounds and movements that the dancers make onstage affect a projection that’s being screened while they’re dancing.”
8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday. James and Nancy Gaertner Performing Arts Center Dance Theater, 815 17th Street, Huntsville. For information, call 936-294-2339 or visit shsu.edu/dance. $15.
Nov. 21-22, 8 p.m.; Sat., Nov. 23, 2 & 8 p.m., 2013