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Annual 'Danceworks' concert set for March 29-31

March 27, 2012

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire music and theatre arts department will present its spring concert, "Danceworks 2012: Convergence," featuring the Concert Dance Company at 7:30 p.m. March 29-31 in Kjer Theatre.

Under the direction of Julie Fox, assistant professor of dance, "Danceworks" will showcase 11 faculty and student dance works featuring the eclectic mix of modern dance, interdisciplinary works with text and original compositions, post-modern movement theatre and tap.

The concert will begin with "Morning Circumference," choreographed by Caitlin Rathburn, White Bear Lake, Minn., and set to the song "The Winter" by Balmorhea. The piece, which will feature six female performers, will take the audience on a journey of vicious circles by exploring the spherical surprises and addictions that spiral through a community every waking moment.

"Order of (dis)array," choreographed by senior Emily Desorcy, Plover, will demonstrate through movement and verbal communication the power of chaos in college life, which can burn and build bridges. It will include eight performers, with a sound score arranged by Desorcy.

Next will be "HEAR.TEAR," choreographed by junior Josie Balk, Rothschild, which will emulate the inside and outside struggles people go through when battling a fatal illness. It will feature music by Max Richter and will include six performers.

"Oceana Dentata ala Dada," a movement theater work by F. Reed Brown, assistant professor of theatre, will feature 10 dancers. Originally choreographed in New York City under the tutelage of Claire Porter and Ann Carlson, the piece was conceived long ago on a beach and re-imagined in a dentist chair. It evokes chaotic Dada-ist ideas in rejection of traditional aesthetic norms and is juxtaposed by imagery, time and popular culture. The sound score was arranged by Brown and includes text by Brown, Dr. Gonzales of Columbia Presbyterian Dental Hospital of New York and Wendy (Walter) Carlos, The Turtles.

"Skin," choreographed by senior Katelyn Derricott, Apple Valley, Minn., and senior Ally Frosch, Prairie du Sac, will be next. It will include a composition by Apparat as well as Derricott and Frosch's voices. It will explore the meaning of being feminine and the challenges of living in one's own skin. The all-female cast will include seven performers.

Next will be "A Spoke in the Wheel," choreographed by junior Madeline Bires, Burnsville, Minn. The piece, set to "Fly" by Ludovico Einaudi, will include six dancers. It will demonstrate the desire for independence and the realization that sometimes people need human connection.

"An Edison Unplugged," choreographed by Steph Schneider, will be set to "Porcelain" by Moby. The seven performers will show why they love tap dance through challenging and strong rhythms, and show how tap can provide an escape from their day-to-day stresses.

The second half of the concert will begin with Fox's work "Fruit in the Downstage Right Corner." The piece, which features an original composition by Terrence Karn and six dancers, will explore the decisions choreographers make to convey meaning through movement.

"Currents of the Heart," choreographed by junior Amanda Chase, Prior Lake, Minn., will follow. Featuring seven performers and music by David Wingo, Jeff McIlwain and James Newton Howard, it will focus on how people see and react to others in their lives in everyday experiences, focusing on selflessness, empathy and impulses.

"The Air Between Us," choreographed by Frosch, includes music by Richter and seven dancers. This contemporary work was inspired by the unspoken conflicts that accumulate within an intimate relationship.

The show will end with a piece by Frosch and Rathburn in collaboration with other performers. "Disconnected," set to music by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, is a tongue-in-cheek piece about the bombardment of technology in the world today and its power to send us into artificial conversation. Nine dancers will be featured.

Three pieces will represent the UW-Eau Claire dance program at the Northwest Regional American College Dance Festival Association conference this month in Utah. They are Balk's "HEAR.TEAR," Derricott and Frosch's "Skin," and Frosch's "The Air Between Us."

"Danceworks" tickets, available online and at the University Service Center, 715-836-3727 or 800-949-UWEC, are $10 for the general public; $8 for UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff, and those 62 and older; $6 for those 17 and younger; and $5 for students with a university ID.

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