Springfield College showcased an evening of contemporary dance works, including a reconstruction of Doug Elkins’ Last Train to Philly, from Dec. 5 through Dec. 7, at the Appleton Auditorium in the Fuller Arts Center. The performance was part of the 2014 William Simpson Fine Arts Series.
Elkins is a well-known innovator in the genre of contemporary dance and has received multiple accolades for his pioneering work. His performance of Last Train to Philly is set to pop music from the Philadelphia music scene.
Joining Elkins during the performance was Springfield College Dance alumna Anna Seagrave ’07, who premiered some new dance works from her dance company Larkspur. Dance performer James Morrow rounded out the scheduled entertainers with a postmodern, hip-hop Africanist work for the dancers.
The 2014 Springfield College William Simpson Fine Arts Series features a variety of art exhibitions, theater performances, film events, concerts, readings, and dance performances.
Founded in 1885, Springfield College is known worldwide for the guiding principles of its Humanics philosophy—educating students in spirit, mind and body for leadership in service to others. With its foundation of academic excellence and rich athletic heritage, Springfield College prepares students with real-world leadership skills for careers that transform lives and communities. The college offers a range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the fields of health sciences, human and social services, sport management and movement studies, education, business, and the arts and sciences. It also offers doctoral programs in physical education, physical therapy, and counseling psychology. The college is ranked in the 2015 edition of “Best Colleges” in the top tier of “Best Regional Universities – North Region” by U.S.News & World Report, and is designated as a premier Leadership Development Center by the YMCA of the USA. More than 5,000 traditional, nontraditional and international students study at its main campus in Springfield, Mass., and at its School of Human Services campuses across the country.