Friday, December 01, 2006

Tucson: O-T-O Dance this weekend!


From: Anne at O-T-O Dance []
Sent: Friday, December 01, 2006 12:23 AM
Subject: Fw: O-T-O Dance this weekend!


More Information: Call O-T-O Dance at 624-3799 or e-mail






What: O-T-O Dance presents SHORT STORIES

When: Friday, December 1st, 2006 at 8PM

Saturday, December 2nd, 2006 at 2 and 8PM


The Stevie Eller Dance Theatre on the U A Campus – west of Campbell Ave. and north of McKayle

Tickets:  $10 & $12 advance price $12 & $15 at the door 

Available at:  Antigone Books 411 N 4th Ave. Reserve by email: or call 624-3799.  


Performance Brief:

Moving into its 22nd season as one of the Southwest’s oldest modern/aerial dance companies, O-T-O Dance brings Tucson, SHORT STORIES, an engaging performance of dance, aerial dance, film and live music. The intimate Stevie Eller Dance Theatre will be the backdrop for this presentation of new and historic works. Offerings include premieres by Annie Bunker, Wendy Miller and Danielle Jones together with acclaimed works by Thom Lewis, Beckah Voigt and Jeri McAndrews. Performers in this concert are, Thom Lewis, Wendy Miller, Julia Miller, Sukie Keita, Danielle Jones, Aja Knaub, Renee Blakeley, Jamie Carson, Annie Bunker, Mark Holdaway, Jim gate, Scott Miller and Jordan McGary. O-T-O Dance is dedicating SHORT STORES to their dear friend, fellow dancer, choreographer and teacher of many years Patti Lopez who passed away in late August.

Wendy Miller and Danielle Jones will present the collaborative premiere, Circles, set to an original score by musicians Mark Holdaway, Jordan McGary James Gates and Scott Miller. This delicate duet slips along, entering and emerging from the sculptural essence of the sphere.

Four additional premieres, two of which are aerial dances, by Artistic Director Annie Bunker will be performed.  Beckoned, set to music by R.Carlos Nakai and Amo Chip Dabney is a quartet utilizing the single point trapeze and another hybrid aerial apparatus. Trailings, a duet that was inspired by northern lights, fireflies and wild fireworks is a work that employs the art of POI spinning and aerial dance with unconventional lighting set to the music of Uakti.  Skyward, is a collaborative piece by Bunker and husband   Chuck Koesters. Koesters has created a stunning video of bats spiraling and flooding the early evening sky accompanied by an original score. The images of the Mexican Freetail bats were shot on location in southern Arizona.  Bunker was inspired by how bats cluster, sleeping and nesting in large groups and then become solo entities as they take to the evening sky.

Duello, a duet with a surprise ending is based on the idea of the art of dueling and is performed to the music of Astor Piazolla.


Tom Lewis will present his Frog and Opportunity duet danced with Renee Blakeley. This work set to the music of George Frederic Handel is one of bittersweet demureness together with sad longing that concludes in a fairy tale conclusion. 

A historic favorite will round out the performance. Shaman Call, created by Jeri McAndrews and performed in the opening concert by O-T-O dance in 1985 will return to the stage again. Not seen in Tucson in over 20 years this solo performed by Sukie Keita and set to Balinese Gamelan music is a transformational work of power and grace.


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