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'Danceworks 2006' Set for April 6-8 at UW-Eau Claire's Kjer Theatre

RELEASED: March 23, 2006

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Concert Dance Company will present its annual spring concert, "Danceworks 2006," at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, April 6-8, in Kjer Theater on the UW-Eau Claire campus.

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

The first half of the concert will feature six dances performed by various members of the Concert Dance Company.

"Femmenana," one of the pieces UW-Eau Claire took to the American College Dance Festival Association regional conference at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, March 8-11, was choreographed by senior Brianna Ludwigson, Eagan, Minn., to a string quartet's version of "Say it Ain't So," by Weezer. A contemporary ballet piece driven by the ideas of feminism, the piece features 10 young women supporting each other and celebrating their beauty through the shared vocabulary of ballet.

"Breathe," a tap dance that incorporates multiple rhythms being danced at the same time by seven dancers, was choreographed by senior Megan Schultz, Plover, to the song of the same name by Prodigy.

Senior Danielle Larson, Verona, choreographed "Fix You," another AFDA piece, to the song by the same name by Coldplay. Larson said it's a lyrical dance about surrendering to imperfection and holding out the hope of either being "fixed" by God or, for others, finding contentment."

"Hardly Working," a jazz piece set to Bjork's "It's Oh So Quiet," was choreographed by freshman Amanda Timm, Lakeville, Minn.

"This piece was greatly inspired by my desire to never have to grow up and get an actual job but still having to face reality and succumb to conformity," said Timm. "The piece shows business people acting out and throwing fits of rage but being told to keep quiet."

Two pieces from the soundtrack to the film "The Motorcycle Diaries" provide the music for Amy Hoyord's composition, "Tejita," which also was presented at the AFDCA conference. Hoyord is a senior from Apple Valley, Minn.

The first half of the concert will conclude with "Shakin' it Up," a hip-hop piece built around the strong rhythm and beat of "Shake" by the Ying Yang Twins. The piece was choreographed by five students — seniors Shultz and Kathleen Kolodziej, Stevens Point, with assistance from sophomores Kalyn Hanrath, Altoona, and Julie Kalb, Eagan, Minn., and freshman Stephanie Dorn, Eagan, Minn.

The second half of the concert will open with a modern dance drama piece choreographed by Poll-Sorensen.

"'Crossing Over' is the story of change over time: ageing, loss of abilities, the difference in how you look, how others see you, and what you see when you look into the mirror," said Sorensen. "The dance really began with a costuming and prop idea and then the thematic material emerged. The costume and prop have an Asian-space-age feel. The music came last."

The piece is set to " Sacred Mountains" from an album by Anuvida and Nik Tyndall. Costumes for this piece were designed by Luisa Fumagalli.

"Sabrosa" is a jazz piece choreographed by Ludwigson to the song by the same name by the Beastie Boys. Ludwigson said the inspiration for this piece came from a movement study of how to move the body in new and fun ways. It combines traditional jazz with a contemporary twist.

"A Call to Courage," composed by William Ross for the soundtrack to the film "Ladder 49," provided the inspiration for the piece "Tribute to Courage," choreographed by Hoyord and senior Sadie Christianson, Eau Claire. Christianson said the piece is a tribute to the all the service men and women of our country.

Barry Blumenfeld, founder and director of the New York dance company TAPFUSION and artist-in-residence at UW-Eau Claire in November 2005, choreographed the next piece, "Vacancy No," to a Phillip Glass composition, "Meetings Along the Edge." It incorporates a variety of elements not typically associated with tap.

The concert will conclude with "Battles of Society," a jazz piece that deals with fighting adversity. It was choreographed by Hoyord and Schultz to the Van Halen song "Right Now."

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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