Dance Theatre Presents Annual Concert
By Lisa Stratton
This year's concert will consist of diverse work by faculty, guest, and student choreography and will offer a wide variety of styles ranging from lyrical, classical Japanese, and contemporary modern dances.
The concert will feature the work of two special guest choreographers, Eddie Oroyan, and Bryan Gerber. Oroyan, a member of the Black Label Movement Dance Company from Minneapolis, has been working with students since November to create a high-powered energy piece named "The Redemption of Cal Trask."
Gerber is the artistic director of Aurora Dance Company of St. Paul, Minn. He created an original piece of choreography that explores the question of self-identity.
Brittany Warren, a junior from Crystal, Minn., choreographed a piece that contrasts the movements of classical ballet with modern jazz. Natsumi Kubo, an international student and senior from Kagoshima City, Japan, will perform with River Falls poet Thomas Smith to one of Smith's pieces of poetry entitled "Your Inner Face."
Dance Theatre members will also perform two Japanese dances set by Kubo. In preparation for the performance, Dance Theatre members traveled to Japan in January and studied at the Senju School of Japanese Classical Dance in Osaka, Japan. The concert will also feature a solo by visiting guest artist, Einojo Senju, headmaster of the Senju School.
There will be a reception for Senju immediately following Friday nights performance in the University Center Ballroom.
This year Dance Theatre welcomes back two alumni members, Kari Goodman and Ricardo Suarez, as guest choreographers. Goodman created a fast-moving number while Suarez choreographed a dance called " Élan Vita," a piece that explores the creative forces within oneself.
Faculty members Karla Zhe, Susan Sell, Torrion Amie, and Mari Kline have all choreographed dances for the concert. The concert will conclude with a large group piece danced by 33 members of Dance Theatre, choreographed by director Karla Zhe.
Tickets will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 23-27, at the ticket office in the Kleinpell Fine Arts building. Tickets will also be available each performance evening beginning at 6 p.m. The cost is $5 for students and seniors, and $7 for adults. Wednesday night's performance is a student night with reduced ticket price of $4 for students. For more information regarding tickets, please contact Ticket Information at 715-425-3114.
For all other information regarding Dance Theatre and the concert, please contact Karla Zhe at 715-425-3131.
Thursday, 22-Apr-2010 16:08:11 Central Daylight Time
University of Wisconsin - River Falls