NCPTT to host Modern in Motion V dance program Nov. 10-12


Northwestern State University’s Theatre and Dance program will present Modern in Motion V on Nov. 10-12 at Lee H. Nelson Hall, the headquarters of the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training at 645 University Parkway on the NSU campus. Performance time is Nov. 10-11 at 6:30 p.m. and Nov. 12 at 2 p.m.

Tickets for the Nov. 10 Gala performance is $50 with a $10 discount for veterans. Gala tickets include a reception at Maglieaux’s on the Cane after the performance. Admission on Nov. 11-12 is $5. For ticket information contact Brett Garfinkel at (318) 357-5788 or at

Modern in Motion V will be performed in the oldest building on Northwestern State’s campus. Nelson Hall was constructed in 1923 and was used as a women’s gymnasium for many years until the facility was closed in 1970. The building was entered into the National Register of Historic Places in 1984. Nelson Hall was renovated in the late 1990s and became the NCPTT headquarters in 2001.

“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,” said Garfinkel. “This the first time many of the students have performed a site specific work. They are understanding the process and rising to the occasion.”

Choreography is by Garfinkel, Kirstin Riehl and Cher Anabo.

“This is the first time the three of us have worked together,” said Garfinkel. “We are choreographing based on the space at the NCPTT. The choreographers are working separately, then will bring it all together for the performance.”

The cast of Modern in Motion V is DeAngelo Renard, Emily Ricalde, Anna Birbiglia, Taylor Young and Dwight Robinette of New Orleans, Asher Van Meter and Thomas Hadzeriga of Edmond, Oklahoma, Katherine Langlois of Baton Rouge, Luther Brooks and Adele Hebert of Lafayette and Cathleen Oviedo of Covington.

The cast also includes Alphonse Engram of DeRidder, Skilynn Fontenot of Eunice. C.J. Anderson of Pineville, Vilma Patricia Castro of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Madi Wood and Brittany Davis of Houston, Elaina Guerrero of Shreveport, Alexz Hattier and Ashley Henry of Slidell, Sidney Gilder of Crowley, Alex Hood of Leesville and Tara Lane of Little Rock, Arkansas.