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November 18, 2010

UW Faculty Dance Concert set for Dec. 2-5

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The Dance Program at the UW presents its second concert of the season Dec. 2-5 in Meany Studio Theater, featuring choreography by its award-winning faculty along with the restaging of works by special guests.

Assistant Professor Jürg Koch presents a restaging of Five-4-Now, a quintet characterized by solo material tightly set within the ensemble along with fast paced partnering sections. A new work by Assistant Professor Juliet McMains is a contemporary take on the Argentine national dance and explores the notion that it often takes more than two to tango. The work also features live bandoneón music.

MFA candidate Brenna Monroe-Cook restages José Limon’s A Choreographic Offering, a tribute to his artistic mentor, Doris Humphrey. Llory Wilson’s wry and bittersweet Davenport Memoirs, a duet for two powerhouse dancers and a sofa is brought to the stage under the rehearsal direction of Hannah Wiley.

These vastly different works highlight not only the skills and versatility of the UW Dance Program undergraduate dancers, but also serve as a snapshot of the different styles of work studied and developed by the faculty.

Betsy Cooper, artistic director for the concert and the Director of the Dance Program is excited about this years eclectic offerings. “From the classic feel of the Limon work to the new work by our faculty, it is easy to see how broad the appeal of modern dance can be,” she said.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2 through Saturday, Dec. 4. The Sunday, Dec. 6 performance is at 2 p.m. All performances are in the Meany Studio Theatre. Tickets are $18, $16 for UW faculty, staff and UWAA members, and $10 for students and seniors. Tickets are available through the UW Arts Ticket Office at 206-543-4880, in person at 3901 University Way NE or on the web.