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Female Dance and Percussion Ensemble
to Open this Season's Artists Series

RELEASED: Sept. 11, 2007

¡Retumba!
¡Retumba!

EAU CLAIRE— ¡Retumba! — an all-female, multi-ethnic Afro-Caribbean dance and percussion ensemble — will open this season's Artists Series Thursday, Sept. 20, at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. A high-energy show that demonstrates the similarities and links of our shared cultures, the performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Zorn Arena.

Interweaving traditional rhythms and ancient melodies with its own unique interpretation, ¡Retumba! bases its work on the music and dance of Africa, Europe, and its expressions in the Americas and the Caribbean — Puerto Rico, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Brazil. Founded in 1981 by artistic directors Yvette Martinez and Nancy Friedman, the New York City-based company emphasizes the strengths of women performing together in celebration. Company members are from many different ethnic, cultural and artistic backgrounds, and each has a unique background in music and dance.

"The performers do tend to kick up a powerful storm onstage," wrote Jennifer Dunning in The New York Times.

Notable recent engagements include residencies at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) and the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, a special concert for the United Nations, and performances at Avery Fisher and Alice Tully Halls in New York and The Music Center of Los Angeles.

Tickets are $15 for the public, $13 for those 62 and older and UW System or Chippewa Valley Technical College faculty and staff, and $5 for those 17 and younger and UW System or CVTC students.

Patrons may also charge their tickets to MasterCard or Visa when they order by phone. Call 715-836-3727 — or, outside the immediate Eau Claire area, call toll-free 800-949-UWEC. A $3 handling fee will be added to all telephone charge orders.

¡Retumba! is presented in association with the Center for Traditional Music and Dance. The Artists Series is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the state of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts. Wisconsin Public Radio and Community Television have contributed generous promotional support. Best Western Trail Lodge Hotel & Suites, 715-838-9989, at 3340 Mondovi Road is the exclusive accommodations partner for the Artists Series.

Funded by the students of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, the Artists Series is administered by the Activities and Programs office.

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JS/NW

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