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'Danceworks 2013' to feature new performance group May 2-4

April 30, 2013

Danceworks2013-webEAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire music and theatre arts department will present "Danceworks 2013" at 7:30 p.m. May 2-4 in Kjer Theatre.

"Danceworks 2013," directed by Julie Fox, assistant professor of dance, will feature the dance minor program's new dance performance group. The group, the Ensemble, will premiere faculty and guest artist works ranging from contemporary African dance, to mixed-media with text and video, to cutting edge contemporary dance and movement theater.

Stafford Berry Jr., an internationally known African American dance artist and assistant professor of dance at Denison University, will premiere "Sensing Rivers." With an original musical composition performed live by Terrence Karn, this work explores the passage of time with rhythmic, full-bodied sensing of self and community. Sophomore Richard Haneman, Lake Geneva, will accompany this piece on percussion.

Elizabeth Sexe, associate lecturer in dance at UW-Madison, will present "Climb," an engaging interdisciplinary work that investigates climbing the social ladder with the dynamic play of dance and film.

F. Reed Brown, assistant professor of theatre, will present "So Full of Dreams," inspired by the life and thoughts of John Merrick, known as the Elephant Man. Closing out this year's lineup are two new contemporary works by Fox: "How to Make a Moon" and "The Other Dance."Starkly different in flavor and energy, "Moon" journeys into the spatial design of chaos and order as a metaphor for the making of a community and "The Other Dance" is an edgy look at how we reveal and conceal our inner selves. The performance also will feature lighting design by Karin Olson, a professional lighting designer from the Twin Cities who specializes in both theater and dance.

The Ensemble, a group of 10 performers chosen by audition, is composed of dance minors and active members of the dance program at UW-Eau Claire. This year's group consists of sophomore Tyler Anderson, Eagan, Minn.; senior Kelly Aspeslet, Marshfield; senior Liana Berlyn, Muskego; junior Calvin Franke, Mayville; senior Claire Kafka Duda, Rolla, Mo.; senior Jolene Mertens, New Holstein; sophomore Britt Neville, Eau Claire; junior Meredith Oates, Brown Deer; senior Sunshinnia Pingel, Clintonville; and freshman Hayden Wilke, Green Bay.

Committed and driven, the Ensemble engages in dance technique courses and 10 hours of rehearsals per week in choreographic residencies with local, state and national professional dance artists. This premiere performance of the Ensemble marks the dawn of a new era for Eau Claire's annual main-stage dance event, catapulting dance in the Chippewa Valley into the contemporary dialogue of dance in performance.

Tickets, available online or at the University Service Center, 715-836-3727 or 800-949-UWEC, are $12 for the public; $10 for those 62 and older and faculty and staff with a university ID, $8 for those 17 and younger; and $5 for students with a university ID.

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