Towson’s Dance On Bones Grapples Issues Of Class, Environment, and Community.

“Dance on Bones” is part of Towson University’s 150th Anniversary Tribute to the Arts and brings together the works of both faculty and students to bring together unity between departments. Dave White is the playwright for “Dance on Bones”, which was chosen over other scripts to be part of Towson University’s 150th anniversary. The play involves collaborations from the departments of Art & Design, Art History, Art Education; Dance; Mass Communication & Communication Studies; Music; Electronic Media & Film; and Theatre Arts.


“Dance on Bones” is a unique story that features jazz elements and uses its music to bond together the protagonist, Gavri, and her followers against the Man of Steel. What is important about the script of the play is that it was abstract enough that it was able to be broken down and a different set of pages was given to each department to contribute to the final play.


“Jazz is seen as music for the oppressed, a way to rebel and fight against those in power,” Dave White said. White was astounded how popular jazz was in St. Petersburg, Russia, where he went as part of a fellowship. This gave him the inspiration to create the story for “Dance on Bones.”


White wanted the play to be poetic and when he wrote it, it didn’t matter the order of the playwright, it still told the same story. This was allowed the pages to be distributed to different departments without having to fully depend on one another, but also encouraged helping one another with their work.


Electronic Media & Film’s television station WMJF-TV was given the task to live stream and record “Dance on Bones” dress rehearsal, preview night, and opening night, March 4th. There would be a three to four person crew that would monitor the camera, check audio levels, and switch between cameras for the livestream.


The audio from the mics of actors were fed into the livestream system, while a shotgun mic was mounted on one of the cameras in order to capture the live instrumentation and mix it together.


The footage may be used to promote other live theater events for Towson and anyone can stream the performance here on March 2nd, 3rd, and 4th. Although there is a stream, the best way to watch the event is to attend the performances. Ticket prices and show times can be found here.