Gustavus Dance to Present Pure Movement Plus

Posted on November 20th, 2013 by

Malory Waytashek, dancer; photography by Wayne Schmidt

Malory Waytashek, dancer; photography by Wayne Schmidt


The Gustavus Department of Theatre and Dance is pleased to present the innovative and eclectic Choreographers’ Gallery titled, Pure Movement Plus.  The dance concert, directed by Melissa Rolnick, will feature the work of eight talented, student choreographers and faculty member, Jill Patterson. Performances will be presented in the Anderson Theatre on November 21, 22, and 23 at 8:00 p.m. and November 24 at 2:00p.m.

Pure Movement Plus presents the choreography of dedicated dance students whose work will be specifically created for this main stage production. The selected student choreographers include juniors, Maggie Arndt, and Jordan Bergman, and seniors, Johnny Bates, Kelsey Hanstad, Marlee Lindberg, Rebecca Stewart, Mallory Waytashek and Emileah Zumberg.

The Department’s mission for this production is to provide mentorship and resources enabling the students to fully realize their artistic vision. As part of this commitment, the Department has invited two Twin Cities dance professionals, Camille LeFevre and Christopher Watson to both attend the concert and provide the young artists with a fresh, insightful, critical response to their work. An additional highlight of the concert will be the premiere of Jill Patterson’s, Then.Here.Begin, a provocative, physically demanding piece created for this year’s senior class.

Pure Movement Plus is intended to be a venue for creative research in both choreography and design. The Anderson Theatre, normally a thrust stage, will be reconfigured as a proscenium stage to allow designers to work innovatively with side lighting  Featured student designers include juniors, Bethany Davidson and Kit Baumer supported by the technical expertise of faculty Larissa McConnell in costume design and Terena Wilkens in the area of lighting and sound respectively.

Tickets are available two weeks prior to opening night online at or by calling 507-933-7590.


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