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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Performing Dance Company @ U of U (SLC: Oct 21 & 28)

Extraordinary dance takes flight in
Performing Dance Company’s: Soaring to New Heights.

Contact: Tyler Kunz, 801.581.7327, info@dance.utah.edu
What: The University of Utah Department of Modern Dance
Performing Dance Company: Soaring to New Heights

Where: Hayes Christensen Theatre, Marriott Center for Dance

When: Oct. 21 & 28 2010 at 5:30 pm*
*Special promotion for U of U students, faculty and staff: 2 for 1 tickets on Thursday performances, which begin at 5:30

Oct. 22-23, 29-30 2010 at 7:30 pm.

Tickets: $10 general, $7 students/seniors/U of U faculty and staff
(Additional KingTix services charges applied at time of purchase)

Please join us to experience a dance concert bursting with energy and passion with new works and celebrated pieces. Performing Dance Company is known for offering a wide range of choreography twice a year. This fall’s program, Soaring to New Heights, features works by Abby Fiat, Sharee Lane, Juan Carlos Claudio, Emily Terndrup, Patrick Barnes, and Stevan Novakovich. It will also highlight a special collaboration between the Department of Modern Dance and Ballet West performing together in ‘The Line,’ a high energy, athletic work choreographed by Belgian choreographer Marc Bogaerts.

In Matters of the Heart (premiere), Professor Abby Fiat explores relationships in this quintet about connection, struggle, awareness, and awakening. A central theme throughout the piece is the working of the heart- as it quickens, stills, melts, pulsates, flutters, cracks, and breaks. Dancing to the music of Takagi Masakatsu, the performers reveal their individual and collective renderings of what it feels like to be human.

Associate Professor and PDC co-director Sharee Lane premieres a work titled Song of Sentient Beings, with music from Arvo Pärt. She says of the work, “The music of Arvo Pärt contained a message which appealed to my deepest spiritual needs. The textures and patterns within the music inspired the movements. Through out the mystical journey is the sustenance of breath.”

The concert also features an evocative work from Associate Instructor Juan Carlos Claudio titled Blackmail (premiere). The choreography is inspired by a three-week visit to Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, Israel. “My experience was profound at many levels,” Claudio explains. “I wanted to make a work that had to do with the body as a discourse in a system of body politics (pleasure, abjection, contamination, subordination, and persuasion). The work is aggressive in nature, virtuosic and extremely athletic.”

The Line, which premiered in 2007 in Berlin, Germany, is brought to the Hayes Christensen stage by Sharee Lane and features students from the Department of Modern Dance and members from the Ballet West Academy Trainee Program. Choreographed by Marc Bogaerts on the Berlin State Ballet School, The Line is lively and vigorous drawing from Bogearts rich history of professional dance work with the Royal Ballet of Flanders and Merce Cunningham, Trisha Brown and Laura Dean in the United States. From New York City, he moved to Berlin, Germany, where he was the only choreographer to work in all three opera houses in Berlin: Deutsche Oper Berlin, Staatsoper Unter den Linden, and the Komische Oper Berlin.

Where Your Body Lies (2009), choreographed and performed by Department of Modern Dance students Emily Terndrup and Patrick Barnes, is a beautiful duet that explores the ideas of territory and desire – examining what we give and what we take away from our most intimate relationships. A stunning work that shone at the Northwest Regional Conference, Where Your Body Lies was chosen to go to the National Festival representing the Department of Modern Dance at the University of Utah. The American College Dance Festival Association (ACDFA) awarded Emily Terndrup the ADCFA/Dance Magazine Outstanding Student Performer Award for her performance in the piece at the 2010 festival at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C.

Rounding out the evening is a new work from guest artist Stevan Novakovich titled Image Junky with inspiration from William S. Burroughs. “Image Junky explores the influence and fragmentation of text and visual images, and offers yet another observational work of art to be viewed, judged, rejected, accepted or perhaps made into a conversational piece,” Novakovich says. “Everything belongs and is up for grabs to the dedicated thief: the artists, who uses all that he can, not to become original, but simply to make his own creative mark.”

Performances are held at the Hayes-Christensen Theater at the Marriott Center for Dance (U of U campus, 330 South 1500 East, Salt Lake City, just west of the Marriott Library), on October 21-23, 28-30 2010. Thursday performances begin at 5:30 with 2 for 1 tickets for students, faculty and staff, and Friday Saturday performances at 7:30pm. Student tickets are $7 each, and general admission is $10. Tickets are available through the Kingsbury Hall Ticket office at 801.581.7100, online at www.kingtix.com or at the Marriott Center for Dance box office one hour prior to the performance. For more information call 801.581.7327 or visit us at www.dance.utah.edu .


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