Cuban Dance

University of Wisconsin - River Falls

Nov. 15, 1996

Universities Collaborate on Cuban Dance Performance

UW-River Falls Dance Theatre and the E. Gwynn Dance Company from University of North Carolina-Greensboro will come together Nov. 20-23 for a series of rehearsals and lectures on Cuban dance that are open to the public.

Both dance teams have been working independently since September on the choreography of a Cuban-derived dance. It is the result of an intensive field study of African and Cuban dance and the history of the eastern region of Cuba by UW-RF dance Professor Karla Zhe and UNC dance Professor Eleanor Gwynn.

The historically black UNC-Greensboro program and UW-RF have developed a long-standing relationship of exchanges between faculty and staff to explore collaborative multicultural dance performances.

The public is encouraged to attend the group rehearsals in the Dance Studio in Karges Physical Education Center on Nov. 20 from 7:30-10 p.m.; on Nov. 21 from 6:30-8 p.m.; on Nov. 22 from 6:30-9 p.m.; and on Nov. 23 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Lectures also are open to the public from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Nov. 20; and on Nov. 21 from 9:35-10:50 a.m. and 11-11:50 a.m.

Also open to the public are two rehearsals at River Falls Greenwood Elementary School. They are set for 2-3:30 p.m. on both Nov. 21 and Nov. 22.

In January, Zhe and Dance Theatre members will travel to UNC for additional rehearsals, lectures and performances.

Selected members from both groups are applying for permission to travel to Santiago de Cuba in March to intensively study Cuban dance and culture with Cutumba, a professional dance company.

For more information contact Zhe 715\425-3131.

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