Art in Motion

The Berry College Dance Troupe and the Berry College Theatre Company both took to the stage this March.
The dance troupe performed “Passages” at the Rome City Auditorium to celebrate their 21st anniversary. The dance told stories through various forms including the Argentine tango, ballet, contemporary and tap.
“I’m so grateful to be a part of Passages,” said student choreographer Amber Kelley. “It was such a great opportunity for us as choreographers to share our stories and beliefs with the Berry community through the outlet of dance.”
Faculty choreographers include the Artistic Director and founder of the Berry College Dance Company Jeanne Schul, and the owner and Artistic Director of Scenic City Dance in Chattanooga, Tenn., Stacey Perkinson. The student choreographers included Amanda Tomlinson, Emily Zillweger, Amber Kelley, Davidson Mobley, Hannah Barnes, Aubrey Clark and Morgan Weigle.
On the Sisters Theatre stage, students performed the Tony-winning musical “Urinetown” by Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis. The musical, directed by Visiting Assistant Theatre Professor Hannah Hammond and student Assistant Director Sara Arms, portrayed a future with a 20-year drought and water shortage that led to a government ban on private toilets. The ban lead to the creation of Urinetown, the place where the poor who didn’t obey the laws prohibiting free urination were sent.
“I’ve never seen anything like it before,” freshman Hallie Marie McErlain said. “Urinetown was an edgy, slightly political and funny musical. The cast really shined with flawless choreography and singing.”
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Written by Public Relations Assistant Alisa Jordan. Photos by Brant Sanderlin and student photographer Mason Bumgarner