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'Danceworks 2010' set for March 18-20

RELEASED: March 12, 2010

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Concert Dance Company members perform during a previous annual production of 'Danceworks." The 2010 production will feature traditions of ballet, tap, jazz and modern dance.

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Concert Dance Company will present its spring concert, "Danceworks 2010," at 7:30 p.m. March 18-20 in Kjer Theatre.

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 12 works featuring traditions of ballet, tap, jazz and modern dance.

The concert will open with "Space Not There," set to the song of the same title by senior Alyssa Severson, Eau Claire. Choreographed by seniors Chelsey Dahm, Middleton, and Lani Lutz, Prior Lake, Minn., it will feature nine dancers. The piece was performed in February at the annual American College Dance Festival Association conference in Erie, Pa.

"1,095 Days" will follow, set to music by the Vitamin String Quartet. The modern dance piece is choreographed by junior Caitlin Rathburn, White Bear Lake, Minn., and features five dancers. It focuses on the idea of people waiting in life whether it is for the bus, in line at the grocery store, for the birth of a child or to fall in love. It centers on the emotions of anxiety, anticipation, annoyance and hopefulness.

"Too Late," choreographed by senior Shane Capaul, Mayer, Minn., is set to songs by Evanescence, Clint Mansell and Michael Giacchino and will feature seven dancers. The modern piece focuses on a suicidal young girl, the struggles and demons that lead to her death and her loved ones who mourn her untimely passing.

The jazz piece "…and boys drool" will follow, set to the song "Heads Will Roll" by The Yeah Yeah Yeahs. The theme is a battle of the sexes with a sassy and playful vibe. The piece is choreographed by sophomore Ally Frosch, Prairie Du Sac, and will feature 12 dancers.

"Bound By Silence," set to music from the film "Requiem for a Dream" will
follow. This modern dance piece has a dark and eerie tone and is about society's pressure on individuals to conform and act a certain way after tragedy. The piece is choreographed by sophomore Katie Derricott, Apple Valley, Minn., and features six dancers.

The next piece will be "The Cootie Dance," featuring 18 dancers. The piece, choreographed by Dahm, is set to music by Antsy Pants, Barry Louis Polisar, Kimya Dawson and others.

The second half of the concert will begin with "Drop, Release, Remember," set to Stephen Scott's "Paisajes: Audible Sounding." Choreographed by Poll-Sorensen, the piece features nine dancers and will be danced to a bowed piano.

"It's about relationships, putting men on pedestals, being dropped, releasing an unfaithful love and remembering love that may or may not have been pure," said Poll-Sorensen.

"Serendipity" will follow, choreographed by Shane Capaul, Ally Frosch and Caitlin Rathburn. Set to Vitamin String Quartet's "Dare You to Move," the 10-dancer piece is a lighthearted, modern dance piece about moments in life that seem to unexpectedly fall into place.

Next will be "Vogliatemi Bene (Love Me, Please)," set to "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," "Desert Capriccio," "Yearning of the Sword" and "Through the Bamboo Forest" by Dun Tan. The piece is choreographed by Dahm and features nine dancers.

"Before I Wake" will follow, choreographed by Lutz. The piece, featuring five dancers, will be danced to Dustin O'Halloran's "Opus 34" and Black Violin's "Gypsy."

"City Rhythm" will be next, choreographed for seven dancers by junior Steph Schneider, Eagan, Minn. The dance takes place in the city at night, with one dancer beginning to drum on a bucket simulating street music. Other dancers slowly begin to take over the drum rhythms, with main beats, poly-rhythms and tap dance.

'Danceworks 2010' will conclude with "Requiem," another piece performed at the ACDFA conference. The piece, choreographed by Dahm and set to Arvo Parte's "Fur Alina" and "Fratres for Cello and Piano," features six 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 and those 62 and older; $6 for those 17 and younger; and $5 for students with a university ID. Tickets also are on sale at the ticket office in the main lobby of Haas Fine Arts Center from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. weekdays.



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