Kiana Smith, bottom, Nicole Dlug, left, Brenden Gregory and Katie Leenig are some of the dancers who will be featured in "The 7 Deadly Sins."
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Pride, envy, gluttony, lust, wrath, greed and sloth will take the stage for this year’s student dance show, “7 Deadly Sins.”
The inspiration for the show, choreographed by adjunct theatre lecturer JoEllen Kuhlman, came from the song “Young and Beautiful” by Lana Del Rey.
“The song sounded like pride to me,” Kuhlman said. “From there, I thought of the seven deadly sins.”
Performances of “7 Deadly Sins” are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 14-15, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, in the Anderson Center’s Chamber Hall. Tickets are $10 for general admission, $8 for faculty/staff/seniors and $6 for students with ID.
Seven female dancers will represent each of the sins, and male dancers are featured in some of the segments − such as lust, envy and pride − to help tell each story, Kuhlman said.
Katie Leenig, a sophomore majoring in industrial systems engineering and a dancer who represents “pride” in the show, said “7 Deadly Sins” is unique in that Kuhlman’s choreography presents the sins in a new way.
“It’s a relatable interpretation of the sins,” Leenig said. “It’s not stereotypical pride or stereotypical gluttony. Instead, it’s a more relatable and realistic interpretation of the sins.”
Brenden Gregory, a junior theatre major, agreed: “Jo’s choreography has taken the essence of what each sin is, but presents it in a new way.”
“The motions themselves are equivalent to that of the sin,” added Nicole Dlug, a senior majoring in biology and dance, who represents “wrath” in the show. “The dance moves for wrath are equally as frustrated and angry as one would feel emotionally, and that’s a common theme throughout the show.”
The movements are mainly a mix of modern and jazz, Kuhlman said.
The dancers also emphasized that costume, lighting and stage design will have an impact on the annual show.
Sarah Pogolwitz, a junior majoring in theatre/tech design and the stage manager for “7 Deadly Sins,” said working with dancers was a great experience.
“Dancers don’t stop,” she said.
Leenig said she believes that with the combination of Kuhlman’s choreography, the dancers’ abilities and the technical design, the show is set to be unforgettable.
“The entire show is so visually dynamic and exciting,” she said. “Whether you’re familiar with dance or not, it is so pleasing to the eye. All the elements together create such a spectacular show.”
Gregory wants the audience to leave the Chamber Hall with an understanding and appreciation of how hard each person involved with “7 Deadly Sins” has worked.
“Everyone has put in a tremendous amount of commitment and effort, and it shows,” Gregory said. “This show is not just a show. It’s an experience. We pull you in from moment one − and don’t let you go until the last moment.”