Mexican Folklore Central to Dance Collaboration

Posted on 3/28/2014 10:36:50 AM

IUP’s Department of Music and the Department of Theater and Dance will present The Girl In White in the Zink Hall Dance Theater, April 4-5, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. and April 6 at 2:00 p.m. The performance is part of the IUP Dance Theater and Sound Choices series.

This production will present two stories, The Girl In White and Las Apariencias engañan, and feature the music of noted composer Robert Bradshaw.  Both stories are rooted in Mexican folklore brought to life through dance and live music.

The Girl In White tells the story of a vain young man’s willingness to give up all that is in his life to pursue his passion for a woman, only to find that all is not what it seems.

The original story of Las Apariencias engañan takes place in the “Ages of Darkness.” This performance is a contemporary adaptation that unfolds in the present day office as the workers strive to convince their boss to allow individual creativity into the workplace.

Internationally acclaimed composer Robert Bradshaw’s music is frequently heard in concert halls around the world from Australia to Lincoln Center. Commissions and recordings have been supported by leading arts funders such as the National Endowment for the Arts, Aaron Copland Fund for Music, and New England’s Music Drive U.S. Foundation.

Bradshaw’s music explores and expresses emotions associated with social, historic, and contemporary issues and events. He has written works for opera, ballet, and orchestras along with a long list of chamber and solo compositions.

The Girl in White Directed by dance professor Holly Boda-Sutton and music professor Kevin Eisensmith, this production includes the choreography of guest artists Matt Bebermeyer. Costume design is of Lane Fragomeli, and the lighting design of Brian Jones. The performance promises exceptional music and engaging dance as the two stories unfold.

Tickets for The Girl In White are available at the Hadley Union Building, located on Pratt Drive of the IUP campus, and at the door on the night of performances starting 45 minutes before the show begins. Tickets may also be purchased in advance online, or by calling the HUB Box Office at 724-357-1313.

Tickets are $14 for regular admission, $12 for senior citizens and groups of 15 or more, and $9 with a university I-Card.

For more information, contact the Lively Arts at 724-357-2547 or e-mail us at

Dance Theater is funded, in part, by the IUP Student Cooperative Association. 

Dance Theater

Sound Choices

The Girl in White

The Girl in White

April 4, 2014
April 5, 2014
7:00 p.m.

April 6, 2014
2:00 p.m.

Zink Hall Dance Theater

The Girl in White is a dance production loosely based on Mexican Folklore. The production will be codirected by Holly Boda-Sutton and Kevin Eisensmith in collaboration with the composer Robert J. Bradshaw.

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For more information, visit Girl in White, e-mail , or call 724-357-2787.