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Opening Door Dance Theatre hosts Texas State alumni performances

Posted by Jayme Blaschke
University News Service
September 3, 2014

Texas State University's Department of Theatre and Dance, together with the Opening Door Dance Theatre, will present "Welcome Home," an alumni dance concert Sept. 12 and 13.

The performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Patti Strickel Harrison Theatre at the new Performing Arts Center on campus.

Featuring a different line-up each night, the division of dance "welcomes home" accomplished dance alumni spanning the past 35 years. The alumni will be featured as choreographers and/or performers in two eclectic evenings of dance, projected images and multi-disciplinary performances.

Texas State professor, choreographer, and alumnus, Shay Ishii will showcase "Topographies of Grace" both evenings. Collaborating with sculptor Catherine Lee, Ishii and other faculty/alumni dancers create an ever-changing visual landscape of movement and architecture. Friday’s performance will include alumni Alaina Flores and Orlando Moreno--both currently dancing professionally in Los Angeles--as well as a commissioned dance from alumnus Matthew Cumbie, who dances with Dance Exchange in Washington, D.C.

Featured in Saturday’s performance is another faculty/alumnus collaboration, "Capricious Aplomb," choreographed by Kaysie Seitz Brown and Ana Baer, with original music by Texas State professor Richard Hall. The dance showcases Brown’s dancing, accompanied by Baer’s video projections and Hall’s haunting score. Saturday also highlights the innovative performing duo, ARTheism, comprised of alumni Samantha Beasley and Topher Sipes. Together they have presented interactive visual art, projections and dance in many festivals and venues across the U.S. 

Tickets are available online at or at the box office, opening at 6:15 p.m. prior to the show. Student tickets are $8 while general admission is $13. An additional $2 processing fee will be added to each purchase. Audience members may purchase admission to both nights at a 25 percent discount.

For more information, contact Texas State Presents at (512) 245-6500.