OTC bringing Thai dancers to Gillioz Theater

OTC bringing Thai dancers to Gillioz Theater

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By Steve Koehler

The beauty and precision of Thai dancers will soon grace the Gillioz Theater stage in a performance sponsored by the Fine Arts department of Ozarks Technical Community College.

The Classical Thai Music and Dance Ensemble from the Phrankakhon Rajabhat University of Thailand will perform at 8 p.m. Oct. 26. A one-hour question and answer seminar will begin at 7 p.m. Admission is free.

The 19 dancers and musicians are showcasing Thai culture through music and dance in performances at several Missouri community colleges in addition to OTC, including St. Louis Community College, Crowder College and Mineral Area College.

The dancers will wear the traditional, colorful costumes associated with the Thai-style of dance. They will perform a variety of dances while accompanied by traditional Thai music and songs played with native instruments.

 “The mission of the International Programs Office is to promote an appreciation of how our students, college and community fit into the global community by encouraging cultural diversity through international student exchange, and enriching the academic experience of our students through internationalization of curriculum and enhanced language programs”, said Loren Lundstrom, Assistant Dean for Arts and Letters and Director of International Programs.

 Catherine Clemens, chair of OTC’s Arts and Humanities department, said the performance will be of special interest to many of the arts and humanities students, especially those studying in the areas of music, theater and religion.

 “This presentation applies to our goals by enriching student’s experience by engaging and observing the creative process, learning about the global landscape and different cultures, lessons will be addressed that cover the cultural worldviews, and the interconnectedness of people around the world,” she said.

 Steve Koehler is coordinator of publications at Ozarks Technical Community College. Contact him at koehlers@otc.edu