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Nobember 9, 2010
An extraordinary evening is in store for you at the Fall Dance Concert. CSU dance faculty, students, and guest artists will perform pieces that explore life issues through dance; a work inspired by the Chinese lunar calendar; a choreographic version of Tchaikovsky's 'Waltz of the Flowers' from the Nutcracker; and six original pieces by CSU students.
Six original student-choreographed pieces were selected to be included in the Fall Dance Concert. Image by CSU Photography.
Colorado State University School of the Arts presents the 2010 Fall Dance Concert on Friday, November 12, 8 p.m., and Saturday, November 13, 2 p.m., and 8 p.m. in the University Dance Theatre at the University Center for the Arts, 1400 Remington St.
Tickets are available at the new University Center for the Arts (UCA) Ticket Office in the UCA Griffin Lobby, by phone at (970) 491-2787, or online. Advance purchase is recommended to avoid at-the-door ticket fees.
Enjoy an extraordinary evening of innovative and original contemporary and classical dance presented by dance faculty, students, and guest artists.
Award-winning choreographer, Judy Bejarano, artistic director of IMPACT Dance Company, premieres Circus Diaries/Clown Dreams with a cast of 13 dance division students. IMPACT is known for its innovative exploration of life issues through dance by combining dynamic movement, video and original text.
CSU dance professor Chung-Fu Chang presents two pieces, including part two of his work In the Private Rooms, commissioned by Ballet Nouveau Colorado in 2005; Room II has been favorably received by audiences and critics:
Associate Professor Chung-Fu Chang, M.F.A., will perform two pieces from his work, In the Private Rooms. Image by CSU Photography.
“The standout was a dreamily evocative pas de trios by Taiwanese dance maker Chung-Fu Chang, now teaching at Colorado State. His In the Private Rooms (Room II) is part of a proposed four-"room" work exploring the inner sanctum of the human soul.
"[The piece] depicts a woman haunted by a pair of alter-egos who embrace her mysteriously or move in parallel, just a slight distance away. Wonderful stuff. Chang is someone to watch." ~ Marc Shulgold of the Rocky Mountain News (Feb. 24, 2005)
"The standout piece of the evening, however, is the work-in-progress offering from Colorado State University faculty member Chung-Fu Chang.
"Room II — from Chang's larger vision, In the Private Rooms — is a haunting trio…progressing from simple, yet exquisite gestures for the hands and arms to larger, sweeping movement that consumes the intimate space…Room II is clearly part of a larger tableau and demonstrates Chang's maturity in movement invention." ~ Cari Cunningham, The Daily Camera (February 25, 2005)
Chang also dances one movement of his work in-progress, Reflected Seasons. The new solo piece is inspired by the Chinese lunar calendar where the 24 “Jechi” that associate seasonal changes reflected in agriculture and social life, are used as a metaphor for contemporary living. Original music by Heinrich Ignaz, Franz Von Biber, and CSU dance accompanist David Jacoby complements the piece.
The CSU Ballet Repertory Ensemble, directed by CSU ballet professor Carol Roderick, present Roderick’s own choreographic version of Tchaikovsky’s Waltz of the Flowers, from The Nutcracker.
Additionally, six original CSU student pieces were selected for inclusion in the Fall Dance Concert with choreography by Kim Norberg, Thomas Phelan, Anna Roehr, Jenna Spengler, Annessa Kohlhardt, and Mallory Hochwender.
“All the choreography shown in the 2010 Fall Dance Concert is “original,” in the sense that none of the pieces are re-stagings of the work of other choreographers, said Roderick. “That’s pretty unusual, and we are proud to present this unique concert.”
The School of the Arts at Colorado State University provides an enriched venue in which the study and practice of Art, Dance, Music and Theatre are nurtured and sustained by building the skills and knowledge needed by future generations of arts professionals to become contributors to the essential vitality of our culture and society.
Note: The image that accompanies this story's intro was taken by CSU Photography.
Contact: Jennifer Clary
Phone: (970) 491-3603