JOURNEYS: Faculty Dance Concert

Date: March 03, 2014
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Randall L. Jones Theatre, Southern Utah University, Cedar City, UT
Category: Arts and Entertainment

Suu’s College of Performing and Visual Arts
Presents Journeys: A Faculty Dance Concert
February 26-28, March 1 & 3, 2014

Heather Childs in an SUU Dance Concert
Photo credit: Heather Childs in an SUU Dance Concert. Photo: Karl Hugh

Southern Utah University, Cedar City, Utah: It is an evening of spellbinding dance that entertains, engages and challenges. SUU’s Department of Theatre Arts and Dance presents Journeys: A Faculty Dance Concert. Running February 26-28 and March 1 and 3, 2014 at the Randall L. Jones Theatre, the performances begin at 7:30pm. Tickets are General Adult Admission: $10.00; SUU Faculty and staff: $8.00; Student & Youth: $5.00; and SUU students are admitted free with a valid I.D.

The concert includes a variety of new works created by Kay Andersen, Paul C. Ocampo, Denise Purvis and Chien-Ying Wang, members of the dance faculty and performed by the students. A special highlight of this year’s Journeys is a performance of Loose Change, a piece created by the renowned Joan Woodbury for the renowned Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company. Inclusion of Loose Change in Journeys celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company. Ms. Woodbury herself has worked with SUU dancers on the piece which is also supervised by Kay Andersen, Associate Professor of Dance. This dance was originally sponsored in part by the Utah Arts Council UPAT program.

Another guest choreographer for Journeys is Nicholas Cendese, Artistic Coordinator for Repertory Dance Theatre of Salt Lake City. The SUU dance students perform Cendese’s Gamut. A highlight of the performance has choreographer Lise Mills reconstructing Burch Mann’s acclaimed The Daughters of Michael Dongarven from the American Folk Ballet repertoire.

The SUU dance faculty provides a unique spectrum of dance for the concert. One Not Involved, One Alone, One With All is choreographed by Kay Andersen and features music by Rene Aubry. Paul C. Ocampo, Associate Professor of Dance, has devised a piece loosely based on the concept of relationships we develop and the ones we lose. Tentatively titled Fritz, Joshua & Paul, the dance features music by Fritz Kreisler that is performed by Joshua Bell.  Denise Purvis, Assistant Professor of Dance, has created Grasp a dance about what we choose to hold on to in our lives, what we let go, what we push away, and why we make these choices. The piece features music by Meredith Monk and original music by Michael Wall. The Tipping Point merges music, video and Chinese calligraphy in a vibrant work created by Chien-Ying Wang, Assistant Professor of Dance. The piece features such music as Yi Feng for solo cello by Ge Gan-Ru, Chinese Music by James Fei and Prélude In D Flat Major Op.28 No.15 by Frederic Chopin. The video component showcases the art of YiDan Guo, visiting Professor of Art, who created the stunning calligraphy. In addition, Wang has also choreographed an adaptation of Paquita featuring the music of Léon Minkus.

For the concert, Orchesis, the SUU Student Dance Club, has created Comfort Zone choreographed by Heidi Hertig. Featuring the music “Remember Me as The Day” by Explosions in the Sky, the work is described as “sometimes we have to step out of comfort zones. We have to break the rules. And we have to discover the sensuality of fear. We need to face it, challenge it, dance with it.” (Kyra Davis)    

Kay Andersen is highly enthusiast about this year’s faculty dance concert, “audiences will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in a variety of dance experiences created by the SUU faculty and our guest artists.”  

In April, SUU’s Theatre Arts and Dance Series continues with two theatre works performed in repertory. Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones’ classic romantic musical The Fantasticks! and Oscar Wilde’s scathing comedy of manners An Ideal Husband.   

Enjoy the thrill of dance by attending Journeys. For tickets, call the ticket office at (435) 586-7872, Monday-Friday, 8am-4:30pm, visit the Centrum Ticket Office or order online at Tickets may also be purchased at the door. Journeys is a CPVA Flex Pass event.