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Chatter among the audience grew as students, faculty and community members trickled into the Doudna Fine Art Center's theater Thursday night for "Unique Sole." As the almost-filled house of the theater grew dark, the audience quieted when Lynn Gearica introduced the performance. When the lights came up, the dancer's sequined costumes sparkled in the stage lights as the EIU Dancers had their first ever performance on the Doudna's stage with their opening number "Forever."
The groups spring performance featured a variety of music ranging from Enya to Whitney Houston. Kaitlin Helms, a junior kinesiology and sports studies major from Roselle, attended the show and enjoyed "The River Sings" for its beauty. "I just liked it because it was really modern," Helms said. The show also had a variety of dance styles and costumes ranging from glimmering dresses to flannel shirts and overalls. Brittney Loucks, a sophomore business major from Edwardsville, said she liked the costumes in the show, but also liked the piece "Tormented."
Audience members may have recognized the song for the dance "Tormented" from the soundtrack of "Twilight." "I felt like it had a good story behind it," Loucks said. The story Loucks said she got out of the dance was that of a man being tormented by the three women in his life. "Tormented," the dance performed to Blue Foundation's song "Eyes on Fire," added flag twirling into the mix of the shows different dance forms. "(Unique Sole) was really well put together," Loucks said The "Can Can't," a humorous piece, performed to Jaques Offenbach's well-known melody, brought laughter to the audience. At the beginning of the performance, the dancers walked in and prepared to dance, followed seconds later by a single dancer walking across the stage, talking on her phone.
The single dancer stumbled to the ground in her cluelessness to the rest of the performers getting ready. As the rest of the dancers put on their tights and started to dance, the latecomer straggled behind, rummaging through her bags. Toward the end of the performance, the dancers did the Can-can; latecomer at the end of the line with her skirt around her head, in a last effort to put the rest of her costume on. Alicia Cook, a sophomore economics major from Decatur, liked the "Can Can't" the best. "I liked how the girl came in and kinda' messed everyone up," Cook said. After the "Finale," Jeanna McFarland, director of the show appeared onstage before the company danced into sight to take their bows.
Sam Bohne can be reached at 581-7942 or at shbohne@eiu.edu