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Monday, May 23, 2011

Internationally Renowned Artists to perform in SaltDanceFest Concert Series (SLC: June 3-4)

Internationally Renowned Artists to perform in SaltDanceFest Concert Series

· Performances by Eiko + Koma, Chris Aiken & Angie Hauser, Teri & Oliver Steele

· SaltDanceFest 2011 Concerts June 3 & 4, 2011 University of Utah Marriott Center for Dance

· Panel discussion and showing from the workshop June 8 & 10

For immediate release
Contact Tyler Kunz
t.kunz@utah.edu 801.581.7327 ****************************************************************************************************************
The University of Utah Department of Modern Dance 1st Annual SaltDanceFest 2011 presents a Concert Series with riveting works in two separate concerts by some of the most innovative, internationally renowned artists working in the field today. Coming out of the festival full of invigorating classes, stimulating workshops and concentrated instructive experiences, esteemed guest artists Chris Aiken & Angie Hauser, Eiko + Koma and STEELDANCE will be performing in the Marriott Center for Dance in two entirely different shows, June 3rd and June 4th, at 8:00pm. These performances are open to the public. Tickets for both shows are available through Kingsbury Hall Ticket Office, kingtix.com, 801.581.7100, or at the door.

On June 3, Chris Aiken and Angie Hauser preview their newest work Sign of the Sparrow, A National Performance Network funded piece co-commissioned by SaltDance Fest. This mesmerizing work is inspired by the work of visual artist Joseph Cornell. Chris Aiken is a leading international dance maker, performer and teacher of dance improvisation and contact improvisation. Over the past two and a half decades his work has evolved through ongoing investigations of performance, composition, movement technique and design. Angie Hauser is a dance maker, performer and teacher. Her work reflects the influences of improvisation, postmodern choreography, contact improvisation, ballet and butoh. Since 2000, Angie has been a member of the Bebe Miller Company, where she contributes to the creation of award winning dance works. In 2006 Angie was awarded a BESSIE (N.Y. Dance and Performance Award) for Creation and Choreography for her work with Bebe Miller Company. Angie and Chris have presented their dance works in the U.S. and Europe.

On June 4, the second evening, A Mesmerizing Stillness: Dances from New York, features work from New York choreographers Eiko + Koma, and Teri and Oliver Steele with an evening of dance, steeped in raw elemental movement and theater.

Internationally renowned Japanese-born choreographers/dancers Eiko + Koma, have been creating a unique and riveting theater of movement out of stillness, shape, light and sound since 1972. Their subjects are elemental; their message pitiless yet humanistic. On this concert they will perform their 2004 Duet to music by Rentaro Taki.

STEELEDANCE was founded in 1995 to support and showcase the unique and imaginative choreography of Teri Lee and Oliver Steele, who utilize fluidity and athleticism and a unique look at today’s culture, to create visually powerful and sensitive work. STEELEDANCE will present their 2002 work Still Waters Run.

In addition to the two concerts June 3rd and 4th, there is a panel discussion with the guest artists on June 8th at 8:00pm, MCD, and a showing of SaltDanceFest new works by guest artists & participants June 10th at 8:00pm, MCD. These are free and open to the public.

Performances are held in the Marriott Center for Dance (MCD) Hayes Christensen Theatre on the U of U Campus, 330 S 1500 E, Salt Lake City, just west of the Marriott Library. Tickets available through Kingsbury Hall Ticket Office, kingtix.com, 801.581.7100, or at the door. $12 general / $8 students, U faculty & staff, seniors. For concert and SaltDanceFest information: info@dance.utah.edu or contact Tyler Kunz at 801.581.7327.

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