Dance Theater at Indiana University of Pennsylvania will present a new work titled The Collector of Beauty. This theatrical dance piece features an original score by Derek Cooper and choreography by Holly Boda-Sutton. The performances run October 23–24, 2009, at 7:00 p.m. and October 25, 2009, at 2:00 p.m. in the Zink Hall Dance Theater, located on Maple Street on the IUP campus.
This production is loosely based on the film Perfume and follows the life of John Beringer, a man who realizes he has the ability to extract the souls of beautiful women to keep for himself.
On the differences between the film and the dance production, choreographer Holly Boda-Sutton explains, “We have moved it into a later time and different place from the film. Our version is set in England during the Victorian period. We have also made changes in the story to make it more audience accessible. The original film is quite dark and brutal. Our version is dark, but in a more romantic way.”
Composer Derek Cooper stated, “Most of the original ideas for the score were based on the movie. Things throughout the plot and other aspects changed during the planning process, but a lot of the basic themes and ideas are still present. My original inspiration was purely based on the film and the thoughts that it provokes.”
This production contains situations and subject matter to which some audiences may object. It is not recommended for younger children.
Tickets for The Collector of Beauty are available at the Hadley Union Building, located on Pratt Drive of the IUP campus. Seats remaining will be sold at the door starting forty-five minutes before the performance. Tickets are priced at $14 for regular admission, $12 for senior citizens and groups of 15 or more, and $8 with a university I-card.
IUP Dance Theater is produced by the Department of Theater and Dance and the College of Fine Arts at IUP. It is funded, in part, by the IUP Student Cooperative Association.