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Modern In Motion at NCPTT

Dancers in motion at Nelson Hall’s upstairs lecture hall. Photo by Bonny Bacoccini

In a celebration of the arts, NCPTT recently collaborated with Northwestern State University’s Theatre and Dance program to present Modern in Motion V at Lee H. Nelson Hall. This site specific work was choreographed by Brett Garfinkel, Kirstin Riehl and Cher Anabo, to highlight both the talents and of the students and the unique features of historic Nelson Hall. This National Register listed building was built as a gymnasium in 1923 and has housed NCPTT since 2001.

At the dress rehearsal Garfinkel said, “The space is so beautiful and we are glad to be able to use it. We will be able to get students in the building and show them what the NCPTT does. This the first time many of the students have performed a site specific work. They are understanding the process and rising to the occasion.”


Cast: C.J. Anderson, Anna Birbiglia, Luther Brooks, Vilma Patricia Castro, Brittany Davis, Alphonse Engram, Skilynn Fontenot, Sidney Gilder, Elaina Guerrero, Thomas Hadzeriga, Alexz Hattier, Adele Hebert, Ashley Henry, Alex Hood, Katherine Langlois, Cathleen Oviedo, DeAngelo Renard, Emily Ricalde, Dwight Robinette, Asher Van Meter, Madi Wood, Tara Lane Taylor Young

Students move in unison at Nelson Hall. Photo by Michael Dick.

The pictures below were captured at the dress rehearsal by Bonny Bacoccini and Michael Dick

For more information about Modern in Motion, contact Brett Garfinkel at

A solo dancer framed by the second story windows at Nelson Hall. Photo by Michael Dick.

A dancer on the exterior staircase behind Nelson Hall is caught in the rain during rehearsal. Photo by Bonny Bacoccini.

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