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Spring Dance Concert

March 27, 2014

'This major and innovative cultural event marks the year's culmination of dance, performance, and passion for dance faculty,' said Jane Slusarski-Harris, director of dance at Colorado State.

Friday, April 4, 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 5, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
University Dance Theatre
University Center for the Arts
1400  Remington Street


Tickets are available at the University Center for the Arts (UCA) ticket office in the UCA lobby, by phone at 970-491-ARTS (2787) or online at Youth tickets must be purchased in person at the Ticket Office.

  • $8/CSU students
  • $8 for youth (under 18)
  • $18 for the public

Advance purchase is recommended to avoid at-the-door fees.

Enchantment lives within us

Chung-Fu Chang, associate professor of dance at CSU, will be sharing his new piece, “Angels in Blank Slates,” which he created for the CSU Tour Dance Company.

His inspiration stems from the idea that elements from enchanting fairy tales, myths, and legends are alive in our real world, but live with us in various hidden forms and objects.

“Throughout the piece, dancers rediscover and awake their own beliefs and truths by calling out to these angels of hope in these hidden objects,” said Chang.Chung-Fu Chang won the Best Teacher Award from the CSU Alumni Association in 2009.

Dance production assistant, Emma Kimball, will perform a collaborative piece with poet Noah Kaplan. She intertwines the rhythm, tone, volume, and texture of his poem, “A Love Letter,” with her artistic movements.

This partnership creates a wonderful dance that demonstrates the difference between both forms of communication and expression.

Many of the student dances are beautiful pieces also revolving around the idea of love.

Student choreographer, Lindsay Dighero, creates a thrilling piece, “We Accept the Love We Think We Deserve,” which dancers describe as an adrenaline rush because “it is very dependent on trust and being in the moment.”

Excerpts from Rooms

Special guest artist, Yunyu Wang, is currently a dance professor at Taipei National University of the Arts and the President of the World Dance Alliance.

She was previously Professor and Director of Dance and Asian Studies at Colorado College from 1991-2012. CSU is honored to have her reconstruct excerpts from Rooms (1955), the seminal work of renowned 20th century choreographer, Anna Sokolow.Special guest and certified Labanotation Teacher and Reconstructor, Yunyu Wang.

Anna Sokolow contributed to the world of modern dance for nearly seven decades. She continued to shape contemporary dance with ground-breaking choreography up until her death in March, 2000 at the age of ninety.

Sokolow created works full of dramatic contemporary imagery, revealing the full spectrum of human experience and reflecting the tension and alienation of her time.

Rooms (featuring music composed by Kenyon Hopkins for a jazz ensemble) dealt with urban alienation.

Director of Dance, Professor Jane Slusarski-Harris, says “Leaning an important choreographic work through the reconstruction of a Labanotation Score is fascinating and an excellent experience for our students.

In addition to restaging from the score, Professor Wang worked directly with Anna Sokolow and thus brings firsthand knowledge of Sokolow’s choreographic masterpiece.”

Contact: Carrie Care
Phone: (970) 491-5891