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'Danceworks 2009' Set for March 26-28

RELEASED: March 16, 2009

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Concert Dance Company will present its annual spring concert, "Danceworks 2009," at 7:30 p.m. March 26-28 in Kjer Theatre.

Under the direction of Toni Poll-Sorensen, professor of dance in the department of music and theatre arts, the Concert Dance Company will present 12 works featuring the traditions of ballet, tap, jazz and modern dance.

The first half of the concert will open with "Never Alone." The modern dance piece, set to the song of the same title performed by Pedro the Lion and composed by Ginny Owens, is about finding your identity. The piece, which incorporates elements of modern, jazz and tap dance, was choreographed by senior Lani Lutz, Prior Lake, Minn., and will feature six dancers.

"Love Ridden" will follow, set to the song by Fiona Apple. Choreographed by senior Chelsey Dahm, Middleton, and Ashley Dahm, it features seven dancers. The piece is a story of love lost and concludes that sometimes you are better off being alone.

"An Eye for an Eye," set to music by Craig Armstrong and choreographed by senior Brent Bergstrom, Green Bay, has an apocalyptic theme and will feature seven dancers.

"Maniac," set to the music of Michael Sembello, will feature 15 dancers and was choreographed by senior Chris Goltz, Marinette.

Following will be "Suite Journey" choreographed by Toni Poll-Sorensen. This modern dance piece centers around the theme of struggle and the burdens people carry, the help they provide one another, and the prayer forms they use to make sense of the world. The piece will feature the music of Yo-Yo Ma and others. Seven dancers will perform.

The first half will conclude with "Jammix," choreographed by New York choreographer Cat Manturuck. The piece, according to Toni Poll-Sorensen, has "a very urban feel, focused on bringing hip hop to the concert stage." Jammix will feature six dancers.

The second half of the performance will begin with "Bar Close" set to music by Ne-Yo, N.E.R.D and Madonna, featuring Justin Timberlake. The piece uses hip hop, modern and stomp to convey the events that occur during the course of an evening at a bar. The dance begins inside the bar, moves to the bathroom, returns to the bar and ends with everyone pouring onto the street at bar close. The piece is choreographed by senior Tarrah Irussi, Brookfield, and will feature 24 dancers, making it the largest of the show.

"Distortion" will follow, set to the music of Brian Smith. The contemporary ballet piece was choreographed by Chelsey Dahm and will feature six dancers. The piece focuses on a young woman who takes an introspective look at herself. The other dancers in the piece represent her different personalities. As the dance progresses, she must learn how to deal with the burdens each personality carries and must then face herself.

"Cold Feet" is set to the music of A Perfect Circle. Senior Sam Michaelson, Arbor Vitae, was the choreographer. The piece will feature 10 dancers. This modern dance piece centers on a woman who cannot decide if she is ready for marriage.

"Second Floor, Ward B" is next, set to music by Stevie Ray Vaughan. Senior Kari Sederstrom, Rosemount, Minn. choreographed the piece, which features five dancers and was performed at the February 2009 American College Dance Festival Association in Maine.

Next will be "Pin Me Up," set to the music of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. Freshman Allysa Geyen, Eagan, Minn., sophomore Steph Schneider, Eagan, Minn., and Darci Lundsten choreographed this Broadway-style tap number. Seven dancers will perform.

The final piece will be "The Hunger," set to the music of Philip Glass and choreographed by Chelsey Dahm. It is about the Irish potato famine and a family that is suffering from starvation. The modern dance piece, presented at the ACDFA in February, will feature nine dancers.

Tickets, available at the University Service Center, 715-836-3727, are $10 for the general public, $8 for UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff, $6 for those 62 and older and younger, and $5 for students with a university ID. Tickets for all campus events are also on sale at the Service Center's ticket office in the main lobby of Haas Fine Arts Center. The ticket outlet is open from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and is closed during holidays and academic breaks.



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