Dance Faculty to Present Trichromatic Dance Concert

Published: October 27, 2022 | Author: Kol Gibson | Read Time: 4 minutes

Trichromatic Dance Concert

The SUU Department of Dance is thrilled to premiere the Trichromatic Faculty Dance Concert on November 4, 5, & 7, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. and a matinee on November 5, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. in the Eileen & Allen Anes Studio Theatre. In addition to the choreography and performances of members of the SUU dance faculty, the concert will feature the talents of guest artists Dr. Jon Paul Yerby and Michael Cusumano, as well as the masterful costuming designs of SUU theatre faculty member Matthew Pedersen.

The title Trichromatic comes from the scientific theory that humans view the world through different ratios of three colors of light: red, blue, and green. Just as varying prescriptions of polarized eyeglasses can alter sight, artists, through their movement and expression, can change and enhance how and what we see. In addition to the different perspectives offered by the dancers and choreographers, the Anes Studio Theatre itself will alter how audiences perceive the show.

“I am excited to see the performers bring these particular dances to life inside such an intimate and three-dimensional performance space,” explains faculty member Alexandra Bradshaw-Yerby. “As a choreographer, it is a unique challenge to craft a live performance that can speak to audience members on all three sides of the stage–a challenge that I find rewarding and refreshing.”

While Trichromatic offers many different perspectives and showcases each choreographer’s difference in style to the audience, it also gives the student dancers opportunities to master different styles of dance. Senior dance major Melanie Allridge from Fountain Green, Utah will perform in two pieces, The Unfinished, by Alexandra Bradshaw-Yerby, and excerpts of Chicago, choreographed by the guest artist Michael Cusumano. “Working with Alex to create her work has been nothing but a positive experience. She truly values each of us as individuals and strives to showcase each of our strengths.” She continues, “The same can be said for working with Mikey. In Chicago, we get to play a more dramatic and playful role, which is just pure fun. The Unfinished is a completely different movement style and we get to see each dancer as an individual performing to their strengths.”

“This performance as a whole offers an exciting breadth of musical styles and dance genres, ranging from large ensemble dances to intimate solos,” says Bradshaw-Yerby. “From Franz Schubert and Natalia Lafourcade to The Beatles and Dave Brubeck, there is really something in this concert for everyone to enjoy. The bold, vivid, and masterful costuming designs of Matthew Pedersen will also add to and complement the colorful display.”

Each performance will be preceded by a 30-minute silent auction. All proceeds from the auction will go towards SUU’s Dance Program events which help to bring guest dance artists to southern Utah, provide training equipment to our students, and enhance the current resources available. The Post-Show Talk Back on the evening of November 5 will give the audience insight into the creation of the works with a Q&A to follow. 

Tickets to Trichromatic can be purchased at the Utah Shakespeare Festival Box Office up to an hour preceding each performance or by calling (435) 586-7878. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for SUU alumni with a valid Alumni Card, and $5 for youth. SUU faculty, staff, and students can attend for free with a valid ID card. For more information about the SUU Theatre & Dance 2022-23 season, please visit


About the College of Performing and Visual Arts

The College of Performing and Visual Arts (CPVA) at Southern Utah University comprises 41 academic programs including liberal arts (BA/BS) and professional (BFA, BM, BMEd) degrees in art, design, dance, filmmaking, music, and theatre. It includes graduate programs in the fields of arts administration (MFA, MA), music education (MME), and music technology (MM). More than 60 full-time faculty and staff are engaged in teaching and mentoring over 900 majors in the College. CPVA presents over 100 performances, lectures, presentations, and exhibitions each year and is affiliated with the Southern Utah Museum of Art (SUMA), Utah Shakespeare Festival, and the Center for Shakespeare Studies. Southern Utah University is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Art & Design (NASAD), National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD), National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), and the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST) making SUU the first public university in the state of Utah to be accredited by all four associations. For more information about the College of Performing and Visual Arts, visit

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