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Danceworks 2007 Set for March 29-31
at UW-Eau Claire Kjer Theatre

RELEASED: March 14, 2007

Danceworks 2006EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Concert Dance Company will present its annual spring concert, "Danceworks 2007," at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, March 29-31, 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 thirteen works showcasing the traditions of ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical and modern dance.

The first half of the concert will open with a jazz piece, "Faster," set to the music "Faster, Faster" by Bree Sharp. The piece was choreographed by sophomore Lani Lutz, Prior Lake, Minn., and features eleven dancers, including Lutz.

"Keep Singing," a lyrical dance set to music of the same name by Mercy Me, will follow. The piece was choreographed by senior Becky O'Brien and sophomore Sarah Ott, both of Duluth, Minn. They join nine other dancers in performing this piece.

"The Voyeur," a modern dance choreographed by David Appel in collaboration with the dancers who perform, will feature six students dancing to "Lascaux" from the album "On the Leopard Altar" by David Lentz. Appel was artist in residence in the department of music and theatre arts last fall, and Poll-Sorensen said she and the dancers gave the piece its name after they had rehearsed it for some time.

"It seemed to us that the work was very visceral and a little creepy " Poll-Sorensen said. "We developed the story line of a woman or women in general being stalked by a voyeur. The piece does have a bit of a feminist thread running through it as well, so I hope the movement content will be communicated to the audience."

Another modern piece will follow:"What is and What Should Never Be," choreographed to the Led Zeppelin song of the same name by juniors Sarah Chmielewski and Rachael Bejin, both of Eau Claire.

Three students, including choreographer Ganna Kotenko, a sophomore originally from Ukraine, now in Altoona, will perform a ballet piece, "Dying Swan," set to the music "Composition about Dying Swan," by Sen-Sans.

The first half of the program will close with "Lacrymosa," a jazz piece choreographed by junior Kirsten Byron, New Richmond, to music of the same name by Evanescence, followed by a Hip-Hop number, "Show Off that Body," featuring 10 students dancing to Petey Pablo's "Show Me the Money." The final piece was choreographed by senior Kate Siebers, and junior Christie Cleaves, both of Appleton.

The second half will open with the first tap piece of the evening, "Best Got Better," choreographed by senior Julie Haskins, Lakeville, Minn., to music of the same name by the Dub Pistols.

"Track," a modern piece, was choreographed by Rina Saito of Japan to music by the same name by Kobukuro. Seven dancers will perform, including Saito.

A lyrical piece that UW-Eau Claire Concert Dance Company presented at the American College Dance Festival Association conference will follow. "Wishing" choreographed by Julie Haskins, is set to "Gavin's Song" by Marc Broussard and features six dancers, including Haskins.

Poll-Sorensen choreographed the next modern piece, "Ice Fishing in America Shorty," set to a medley of music by various artists and featuring eight dancers. Poll-Sorensen said the piece is a comedic one that she's been thinking about for a long time.

"The ice fishing women are sassy!" said Poll-Sorensen. "My purpose was to poke fun at the idea of ice fishing. Our movement vocabulary includes fishing, skating, making snow angels, getting caught in a snow storm, the movements of fish and worms, and just simply passing the time out on the ice."

Another dance, also presented at the ACDFA, will follow. "Unknown Journeys," set to "Hide and Seek" by Imogen Heap, was choreographed by Kari Sederstrom, a senior from Rosemount, Minn.

Danceworks will close with a jazz piece titled "I Believe in a Thing Called Love," set to music of the same name by The Darkness. It features twenty dancers and was choreographed by Lutz and sophomore Kara Meitzen, Verona.

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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