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Danceworks 2005 Presentation, 'Our World,' to Run April 28-30

RELEASED: April 18, 2005

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Concert Dance Company will present its annual spring concert, Danceworks 2005: "Our World," at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, April 28-30, in Kjer Theatre on the UW-Eau Claire campus.

Under the direction of Dr. Toni Poll-Sorensen, professor of dance in the department of music and theatre arts, the Concert Dance Company will present twelve works showcasing the traditions of ballet, tap, jazz, modern and Indian dance.

Guests attending this year's show will be greeted by the sight of a large, stretch-fabric staging structure flanking the stage. This new addition to the production was made possible in part by a gracious agreement with Reid Dalland Tension Fabric Structures Inc. of Stone Ridge, N.Y.

The first piece on the program, "Chaos," choreographed by sophomore Julie Haskins, Lakeville, Minn., utilizes unique props and tap sounds to express its out-of-control message.

The first half of the concert also will feature "Crimson Beauty," choreographed by freshman Amanda Timm, Lakeville, Minn.; "Walk With Me," co-choreographed by senior Crystal Pelletier, Hugo, Minn., and junior Danielle Larson, Verona; "Running Out of Breath," choreographed and staged by Poll-Sorensen; "Ninnade," choreographed by junior Anna Nummelin, Stevens Point; and "Street Chic," by guest choreographer Aretese Honiotes. "Crimson Beauty" explores pain endured in relationships and the end result of lasting beauty. "Running Out of Breath" explores a chorale resuscitation of a narrative originally written for a solo performer in the 1970s by Tom Johnson.

The second half of the concert will feature "Moxie," choreographed by sophomore Julie Haskins, Lakeville, Minn.; "Summer Days," by guest choreographer Amanda Abrahamson, principal dancer with the Minnesota Ballet; "Portrait of Interpretation," choreographed by senior Amy Hoyord, Menomonie; "Temptation," choreographed by senior Sadie Christianson, Eau Claire; "Bittersweet Ghosts," choreographed by guest Kate Brown, Waupaca, and CDC member Jesus Martinez Jr.; and "Ain't Goin Down," co-choreographed by junior Megan Schultz, Stevens Point, and Hoyord.

"Bittersweet Ghosts" explores a young woman's struggle with past relationships and the "ghosts" that still haunt her.

Tickets, available at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727, are $9 for the public, $7 for those 62 and older, $6 for those 17 and younger and UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff, and $5 for students with a university ID.

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