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GU Dance Club presents a 60 x 60 concert with student composers | Culture & Leisure

In the span of 60 seconds, the dancers took the stage to show off their artistry and perform in front of an audience of friends and family at Gonzaga’s 60×60 showcase on Friday, which took place at the start. of the fall family weekend.

The concert is based on the international 60 x 60 project which includes performances consisting of 60 pieces of modern and contemporary dance lasting 60 seconds.

Originally launched in London in 2010, the 60 x 60 project was carried out in cities of three different countries and presents thousands of dancers, including more than 500 choreographers, according to the Website 60 x 60.

The production, presented by the Dance Club, involved nearly 100 community members and took place at the Myrtle Woldson Performing Arts Center.

The show’s co-producer, Elisabeth Ehnert, said concert attendance has grown steadily over the years, with this year’s show featuring more than 60 dancers, 37 choreographers and 16 composers.

The nearly sold out show was one of the first Dance Club performances of the season, and one of the first live performances since GU returned to in-person activities.

This year, for the first time, each of the one-minute songs from the concert was produced by one of GU’s 16 student composers.

Students, alumni, faculty and staff came together to host the third annual 60×60 performance at GU. The entire performance, from the musical composition to the staging and lighting, was produced by members of the GU community.

Throughout the hour, audiences watched live performances as well as pre-recorded videos that were projected onto a screen on stage.

“My favorite part of the show was our final piece, it was so exciting to see all of our dancers on stage together close the show,” said Ehnert. “Much of the process is independent, which means the choreographers and dancers work on their own until the week of the show, so having a room with everyone brought us together as a group. “

Experience levels ranged from beginners to professional dancers and a wide variety of topics were covered including COVID-19 and political debates.

A continuous projection of a ticking clock was projected onto the screen for the duration of each dance, showing the organization and timing of each piece.

Preparation for the show began last semester in March with the creation of a management team, which led to the search for student composers and original music. Once the playlist was finalized, the choreographers selected their songs and began to choreograph their routines.

Senior Mia Cretarolo took part in GU’s first 60×60 concert in 2019 and once again as a choreographer and dancer in this year’s show. Cretarolo said his favorite part of this year’s show was the unique addition of music produced entirely by students.

“In previous shows we have used pre-prepared playlists that other schools have also used, and the music was very hit and miss,” Cretarolo said. “If you were stuck with a weird song, it often made you lose fun choreographing the piece because you didn’t love it that much, but this year all the music was beautiful to listen to and fun to dance to.”

With a production as large as 60×60, Cretarolo said one of the challenges was coordinating everyone’s schedules for rehearsals and only being able to practice in a group a few days before the performance.

“I really hope people like that it’s completely student-run; we handled our own meetings, rehearsals, choreography and music, ”Cretarolo said. “The fact that we only got together once in the entire production, just two days before the show, would really surprise me as a member of the audience because I thought everyone looked phenomenal on stage. “

Ehnert and Cretarolo both said they enjoyed seeing the creativity 60×60 brought to his participants.

“The beauty of dancing is that it can be performed in so many different ways,” Ehnert said. “If we produced next year’s show with the same music, just different dancers and choreographers, I could guarantee that our audience will see a whole new show, and that’s pretty special.