Friday, October 30, 2015

UofA School of Dance presents Premium Blend

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October 30 – November 8, ,2015


Unbreakable, by Sam Watson and Christina Ernst, was selected to open the very first concert ever performed in Stevie Eller Dance Theatre.  The piece, using 8 dancers to explore the intricacies of glass, is presented again to commemorate the decade of UA Dance performances on the Stevie Eller stage.  Other pieces coming back include Michael Williams HER/HIM  and, to the music of the brilliant composer, Astor Piazzolla,  Amy Ernst’s clever Twisted Tango. 

Also capturing the power of major composers will be a new ballet by James Clouser called Five Studies in Locomotion.  Showcasing music from Mozart to Moon Dog, including Shostakovich, Hough and Glazunov, this piece will keep you at the edge of your seat. 

Not seen since first performed on Mainland China in 1988 will be a moving work called You Again, by Douglas Nielsen. This duet was originally created for identical twin dancers in the Guangdong Dance Company.  To music by Chopin, and with a fresh look at partnering, this work will be re-staged for our UA Dance audience. 

Anchoring the program is Ben Stevenson’s masterwork, Four Last Songs.  Set to Richard Strauss’s poignant, haunting songs of farewell, this work was hailed by The New York Times as “exquisite.” Four Last Songs has been performed by prestigious dance companies across the world including San Francisco Ballet, Chile’s Ballet de Santiago, and London’s English National Ballet.



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