Visiting dance and theatre troupe features Gustie grad

Anderson Theatre will play host to nationally acclaimed performances by the Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater Company (SPDTC) this Saturday, Sept. 11 and Sunday, Sept. 12.

These performances are the inaugural events for the 2010-2011 Gustavus Artist Series and will feature four works from the company’s repertoire. Alumnus, Brian Evans ’07, who is now in his third season with Pimsler, will be performing with the group.

“I had a phenomenal time in the theatre and dance program, so being back at Gustavus is definitely a good opportunity,” Evans said.

SPDTC will be working with the department of theatre and dance to teach a January Interim Experience course this coming year. “There will be three company members teaching a collaborative piece to students in the class. We’ll be working to tackle issues both on and off campus,” Evans said.

Founded in 1978, The Pimsler Company is based out of Minneapolis and its works have a strong social justice feel to them.

“My favorite piece to perform is ‘Ways to Behold.’ It’s Pimsler’s take on the war and one of the first pieces that I was involved in the process from start to finish. The student body is in for some provocative material, and I’m excited to have a conversation after the show,” Evans said. “I am excited for [the dances] and think that the show will go well.”

“I don’t really know what to expect, but I love watching any kind of theater and dance, and this is a chance to see some really high quality of both without even having to leave campus,” Senior Religion Major Bethany Ringdal said.