BFA Dance Concert ‘Redemption’ Oct. 6-8

| September 28, 2011

The Webster University Department of Dance presents Redemption, the senior Bachelor of Fine Arts Dance Concert, featuring eight premiere works by Hope Harl, Isaac Hester, Ashreale McDowell and Jehmela Wilson. These unique pieces showcase each choreographer’s growth, both technically and choreographically. The production investigates personal perspectives on life’s journeys through diverse and eclectic dance.

Dates/Time: Oct. 6, 7 at 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 8 at 2 p.m.
Location: Stage III, Webster Hall, lower level
Admission: Free, however donations are gratefully accepted
Doors open one half hour prior to curtain. For more information, 314-968-7128 or or go to

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About the choreographers:

Hope Harl was born and raised in St. Louis, Mo., where she attended many area dance schools. After starting ballet at an early age, she left dance for a while, returning to the art to explore and discover other styles of dance. She has been to intensives including University of the Arts Summer Program, State Street Ballet Santa Barbara, Ballet Chicago and City Ballet of San Diego. At Webster, she has performed in many BFA concerts, Dancing in the Streets, American College Dance Festival and Webster University Dance Ensemble. Hope’s choreographic influences include George Balanchine, William Forsythe and the faculty at Webster, which can be seen in her pieces. In her piece, Great Expectations, Hope explores the issues of women’s rights and the presumptions put on women today. The Fruit That I’m Eating is Suddenly Tasteless, inspired by ideas of divorce and marriage, uses real fruit to depict the relationships and connections of the couples in the piece.

Isaac Hester was born in Mt. Vernon, Ill., where he attended high school and was active in the arts, including theater, band and orchestra, choir and piano. It was there that he was introduced to dance as an art form. After spending two years in Cape Girardeau at Southeast Missouri State University, he transferred to Webster University to continue pursuing a BFA in Dance. At Webster, he has performed in numerous BFA concerts and the Webster University Dance Ensemble, Dancing in the Streets and has been involved in performances at Satori. He currently teaches modern dance at Patzius Performing Arts in Creve Coeur and has worked with the Dance Center of Kirkwood in their annual Nutcracker production. This past summer Isaac attended The American Dance Festival at Duke University in Durham, N.C., where he gained experience in Forsythe Technologies, Laban-inspired movement, and improvisation, as well as training in ballet and contemporary styles. Drawing from his history in the theater, strong gestures and narrative are placed beside the motion of ballet. Hester’s Associations investigates the family structure imbedded in American tradition, revealing strengths and constrictions of traditional ideals.

Ashreale Deborah McDowell was born in St. Louis, Mo. She started dancing at the age of 16 at Central Visual and Performing Arts High School and the Center of Contemporary Arts (COCA). She had the opportunity to perform in The Muny productions of AIDA and High School Musical. At Webster, she has performed in several BFA concerts and Webster University Dance Ensemble. Through her faith and the study of lineage-based societies, her work Copacetic deals with the celebration of life through hard times. With use of vibratory, free throwing, liturgical and percussive movements, this piece shows a group of people united together through strength and hope as they travel through life’s struggles.

Jehmela Jehnell Wilson was born in St. Louis, Mo., and attended University City High School where she began dancing at the age of 16. Now pursuing her BFA at Webster University, she has performed in numerous BFA Concerts and Webster University Dance Ensemble. Wilson’s work DISCONNECT explores the grieving process of losing a loved one through death or lack of communication. Her movement includes surprising, strong and percussive moments that symbolize the angst and emotions of loss through her personal narrative.

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