Coker Dance Program Presents 2017 Faculty & Guest Artist Dance Concert

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Hartsville, S.C. – Feb. 10, 2017 – The dance program of Coker College will present its annual Faculty & Guest Artist Dance Concert on February 24 & 25, at 7:30 PM in Watson Theater of the Elizabeth Boatwright Coker Performing Arts Center, located on the college’s main campus at 300 East College Avenue in Hartsville.

“This year’s Faculty & Guest Artist Concert is an eclectic blend of contemporary and postmodernism dance that presents high physicality, rich textures, and dynamic rhythms in the work of the legendary Trisha Brown,” says Kristin Hapke, assistant professor of dance. The concert will also feature performances of three new pieces from full-time dance faculty, as well as the premiere of “Emergence” by guest artist and choreographer Stephanie Wilkins of Columbia.

Coker students will perform one of choreographer Trisha Brown’s most seminal works, “Set and Reset.” Originally created in 1983, in collaboration with artist Robert Rauschensburg and music icon Laurie Anderson, “Set and Reset” was deemed “the most beloved and irresistible work of postmodern dance” by New York Times dance critic Alastair Macaulay. This month’s performance is funded in part by a grant from South Arts, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.

Additionally, Meredith Sims, assistant professor, will present her new trio themes of aggression and control. Angela M. Gallo, chair of the department of dance, music & theatre will create a rhythmic work to investigate chains of causality and patterns that occur throughout history in her piece, “Eternal Return.” Kristin Hapke, assistant professor, will look to the past in her large group work “minutiae of yesterday,” investigating how fear in a society lives in the body from a separation of “us and them,” along with the necessity for expression and human connection. Amanda Ling, adjunct professor and director of The Power Company, will premiere her piece, “Oak / Dust / Silt.”

“The audience will witness dance that investigates themes of strength, fear, perseverance, and relationships between movement and geometry, and patterns of the past and present,” says Hapke.

Tickets are available at the door: $10 for adults, $5 for seniors and students. Coker College students will be admitted free with a Coker ID.


The Trisha Brown Dance Company will return to Coker College in April for an extended residency, to include master classes for students and community members. That residency will culminate with a public performance of “Trisha Brown: In Plain Site,” on April 25, 2017. Details will be announced closer to the performance date.



Coker College is a student-focused, private liberal arts college located in Hartsville, South Carolina. Coker combines round table, discussion-based learning with hands-on experiences to encourage active participation in and out of the classroom. A supportive, close-knit community prepares Coker students with the confidence and practical life skills they need to reach their personal best, in college and beyond.

Founded in 1908, Coker is a bachelor’s and master’s degree-granting institution and competes in 21 NCAA Division II sports. Coker is ranked among the "Best Colleges" in the South by U.S. News & World Report as well as The Princeton Review, and by Washington Monthly as one of the Southeast's "Best Bang for the Buck" colleges.