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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Faculty Dance Concert @ SUU (CC: March 3 - 12)

Michael French
Public Information Coordinator
College of Performing and Visual Arts
Southern Utah University
Office: 435-865-8667
Cell: 805-260-8797

Photo credit: Bethany Hess in Journeys 2010. Credit: Karl Hughes.


WHAT: Journeys showcases the stunning choreography created by SUU’s dance faculty. Featuring dynamic new dances as well as a recreation of a classic Burch Mann ballet, the concert showcases SUU dance students performing in a variety of dance styles.

WHO: Southern Utah University, College of Performing and Visual Arts,
Department of Theatre Arts and Dance

WHEN: March 3-5 & 10-12, 2011

TIME: 7:30pm

WHERE: Randall L. Jones Theatre, Southern Utah University, Cedar City, UT

TICKETS: (435) 586-7872, Monday-Friday, 8am-4:30pm, or www.suu.edu/arts.

PRICES: Adults: $10; SUU Faculty & Staff: $8; Student & Youth: $5;
SUU Students: Free with valid I.D.

INFO: Phone: Arts Hotline: (435) 865-8800 or visit: www.suu.edu/arts

MARCH 3-5 & 10-12, 2011

Southern Utah University, Cedar City, Utah: Inspiring students as educators, SUU’s dance faculty showcases its talents as creators when the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance presents Journeys: Faculty Dance Concert. Running March 3-5 and 10-12 at the Randall L. Jones Theatre, the performances begin at 7:30pm. Tickets are General Adult Admission: $10.00; SUU Faculty and staff: $8.00; Student & Youth: $5.00; and SUU students are admitted free with a valid I.D.

Highlights of the concert include a variety of new works created by the dance faculty and performed by the students. Kay Andersen, Interim Dance Chair, has devised Flavor of the Day, a light romantic comic piece dealing with relationships featuring the music of Patrick Bruel. Stephanie Ivers creates a modern work called Desideratum, inspired by the quest for enrichment – performed to “Shambala” by the Beastie Boys. Lise Mills, adjunct faculty and Artistic Director of American Folk Ballet, reproduces one of Burch Mann’s signature ballets Sunday Morning Over on Deep Creek, a popular favorite from the American Folk Ballet repertoire, often referred to as “the head-shaking prairie revival.” Paul C. Ocampo, Associate Professor of Dance, has created an original work that uses bluegrass music, performed live onstage by Stillhouse Road featuring Joe and Paula Ferrario with Ryan Kay and Marsha Bloom Garber, to explore regional themes of community, simplicity and humanity. Drumming is a contemporary jazz dance, choreographed by Heather Sprouse, adjunct faculty, inspired by ‘noise’ that gets into our heads and we cannot seem to get rid of. Backstroke Forward is a contemporary work choreographed by Shannon Vance, Guest Lecturer, that explores first the chaos of aggressive isolation followed by the needed release and submission of companionship danced to the music of Amon Tobin and Muse. Chien-Ying Wang, Assistant Professor of Dance, premieres The Color of Skin Under the Light, which examines the circumstances of the human condition and its complexities in a state of turmoil after a catastrophic event. Wang also choreographs an adaptation of Don Quixote.

The dance ensemble includes Payden Adams, Karyn Allen, Carlie Anderson, Camille Anthian, Aubreanne Bawden, Ashley Blake, Rebecca Boizelle, Adán Bojórquez, Carlie Brockbank, Tony Carter, Tiana Chambers, Jamie Crowther, Kelsi Einfeldt, Ashley Herd, Bethany Hess, Jasha Hinkins, Kirstie Honeycutt, Claire Hyde, Sceri Ivers, Kara Johnson, Jana Kim, Justine Layton, Amy Loveless, Brian Nelson, Heidi Powell, Tara Prince, Taryn Puro, Cierra Reed, Katelin Ruzzamenti, Ariel Smith, Beth Snarr, Eric Waits, Alexandria Wall and Vicki Webb.

The creative team for Journeys: Faculty Dance Concert includes costume designers McKenzie Denison, Miriam Hernandez-Gonzalez, Kaylin James, Kimberlee Kerr, and Wendy Sanders. The lighting designers include Morgan Coutts, Michael M. Harvey, Ryan Orcutt, Holly Pierce, and Bryan Sommer.

SUU’s Theatre Arts and Dance Series continues with Stephen Schwartz’s spirited musical, Godspell in April.

Enjoy the thrill of dance by attending Journeys. For tickets, call the ticket office at (435) 586-7872, Monday-Friday, 8am-4:30pm, or order online at www.suu.edu/arts. For more information, please visit www.suu.edu/arts or call the Arts Hotline at (435) 865-8800.

The Southern Utah University College of Performing and Visual Arts is comprised of nationally accredited departments of Art and Design, Music, Theatre Arts and Dance, as well as a graduate program in Arts Administration. The College offers 16 different degree areas, including liberal arts Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees; professional Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Fine Arts in art and theatre degrees; and a Master of Fine Arts in Arts Administration degree. More than 60 full- and part-time faculty and staff are engaged in teaching and mentoring over 550 majors in the College. Over 1100 students enroll each year in over 195 arts classes on the SUU campus. The College presents 100 performances, lectures, presentations, and exhibitions each year. The College’s affiliate organizations include the Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery, American Folk Ballet, Utah Shakespearean Festival, the performance group Acclamation, and the SUU Ballroom Dance Company. For more information about the College of Performing and Visual Arts, contact the Office of the Dean at (435) 865-8561, or by e-mail at cpvamktg@suu.edu.

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