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Events

Spring Dance Concert

April 18, 2013

Enjoy an extraordinary evening of innovative contemporary and classical dance presented by dance faculty, students, and guest artists. The concert also features the work of guest choreographer in residence, Kun-Chen Shih.

University Dance Theatre
University Center of the Arts

Colorado State's 2013 Spring Dance Concert presents international residency work in an extraordinary and innovative season finale.

The 2013 Spring Dance Concert on Friday, April 19, at 8 p.m. and on Saturday, April 20, at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. in the University Dance Theatre at the University Center of the Arts, 1400 Remington St.

Tickets

  • $18/public
  • $11/CSU students
  • $10/youth (under 18)

Tickets are available at the University Center for the Arts (UCA) ticket office in the Griffin lobby, by phone at (970) 491-ARTS (2787) or online. Youth tickets must be purchased in person at the Ticket Office. Advance purchase is recommended to avoid at-the-door fees.

Faculty, students, and guest artists

Enjoy an extraordinary evening of innovative contemporary and classical dance presented by dance faculty, students, and guest artists. The concert also features the work of guest choreographer in residence, Kun-Chen Shih.

“This major and innovative cultural event marks this year's culmination of dance, performance, and passion for dance faculty,” said Jane Slusarski-Harris, director of dance at CSU. “Our artists are given a venue for creative expression and the opportunity to showcase the accumulation of their skills and demonstrate their expertise.”

Taipei choreographer in residence to perform

Each semester for the Spring and Fall dance concerts, a guest artist is brought into residency at CSU to work with students and choreograph pieces for the concert. This semester, CSU’s dance program hosted a special international residency through the Taipei Artist Village Artists-in-Residency Exchange Program, bringing in renowned choreographer, dancer, master teacher, and singer,  Kun-Chen Shih.

In 2011 while freelancing with a dance company in Taiwan, Shih met Chung-Fu Chang, associate professor of the dance at CSU and director of CSU Tour Dance Company. When the opportunity arose, Chang invited Shih to do a residency at CSU.

Guest choreographer in residence Kun-Chen Shih. 'I teach in a way students aren't used to,' Shih says. 'Students often think in terms of pleasing the teacher, but I want them to learn that this is for them, not for me.'While these residencies typically last for a week or two, Mr. Shih’s residency at CSU runs throughout March and April. In addition to choreographing for the Spring Dance Concert, he is also teaching dance classes at CSU.

European and Asian styles

“Shih brings a spectrum of contemporary dance experiences, fusing European and Asian styles, and a unique artistic discipline for our program,” said Chang. “We are so honored to have a performer of his caliber share his deep knowledge of dance with our faculty and students.”

The goal of Shih’s residency is to let students experience his techniques and artistry. He says he wants students to explore and discover various ways to initiate movement that help them access tools for experiential/concept-driven performance.

“I teach in a way students aren’t used to,” Shih said. “I really encourage the students to try combinations, thinking through their movements and difficulties. I observe and help them along only after they continue to struggle. Students often think in terms of pleasing the teacher, but I want them to learn that this is for them, not for me.”

'Dance studio one of the finest I've seen'

Shih says he has already seen significant growth and development in the classes he is teaching and is very impressed with what CSU has to offer.

“I really like the atmosphere here at CSU,” he said. “I have a lot of freedom to teach new and different choreography and the students are very motivated to learn. The facilities here allow for inspiration and creativity; the dance studio is one of the finest I have seen at a university.”

This international residency has been made possible through the generosity of Colorado College Dance Professor and Former Director of Asian Studies Program Yunyu Wang, Former Director of Asian Studies Program, Professor Joan Ericson, and the Taipei Artists Village Artists-in-Residency Exchange Programs of Taiwan.

Read more about Kun-Chen Shih and the CSU Residency

About Taipei Artists Village Artists-in-Residency Exchange Program

Artist-in-Residence Taipei (AIR Taipei) provides a platform for diverse cultural collaboration across artistic disciplines throughout the globe. The capital of Taiwan, Taipei is AIR’S base encouraging professional artists exchanges between Taiwanese and international artists. These interactions help create intercultural and interdisciplinary dialogues that resonate between communities and individuals long after the artist’s residence is completed. Read more.


Contact: Carrie Care
E-mail: Carrie.Care@colostate.edu
Phone: (970) 491-5891