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UVU’s Contemporary Dance Ensemble To Perform ‘Rendezvous’

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February 25, 2013

For Immediate Release

University Marketing & Communications: Mike Rigert (801) 863-6807

Written by: Karissa Neely (801) 863-6807

Students, faculty, staff and community will be treated to an evening of excellence from the Utah Valley University Department of Dance with the performance of “Rendezvous,” Feb. 28, and March 1-2 at 7:30 p.m. in the Sorensen Student Center’s Ragan Theater.

“Rendezvous” is an evening of captivating contemporary modern dance performed by the Department of Dance’s pre-professional modern performing ensemble, the Contemporary Dance Ensemble.

The concert opens with “Journey,” choreographed by Doris Hudson de Trujillo, UVU associate professor of dance. Members of the cast performed the piece last October in New York City as part of the New Wave Rising Festival.

The evening also will present the premiere of “Happy Come Home,” choreographed by guest artist Keith Johnson, a professor of dance at California State, Long Beach. The piece is a collaboration of Johnson’s dance students and UVU’s Contemporary Dance Ensemble.

The second half of the concert opens with “Commonplace,” a seminal work by Susan Hadley, professor of dance at Ohio State University and former member of the acclaimed Mark Morris Dance Company. Contemporary Dance Ensemble students worked alongside Repertory Dance Theatre professional dancers in learning this dance.

The evening closes with the premiere of “Within the Rocks,” choreographed by Kim Strunk, UVU associate professor of dance, and co-director of the ensemble. The Department of Dance also will perform “Within the Rocks” in March by at the American College Dance Festival.

“The overarching theme of the concert is ‘community,’ and each piece deals with the concept in unique and compelling ways. There are four works in the concert and each one is a masterpiece in its own right,” Strunk said.

Contemporary Dance Ensemble was founded in 1996 by Doris Hudson de Trujillo to provide a professional, creative and performing environment for bachelor’s in fine arts dance students to develop and enrich their artistry as they prepare for careers in dance. It is now managed with Strunk and Angela Banchero-Kelleher, UVU associate professor of dance.

Tickets to the performance are available at Campus Connection and at the Noorda Theatre Box Office. Due to heavy construction north of the Student Center, patrons should allow extra time for parking.  A campus map can be found at uvu.edu/arts.

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About UVU

Utah Valley University is located in Orem, Utah, and is home to more than 30,000 students. UVU began as a vocational school during World War II, and in the seven decades since has evolved into a technical school, community school, state college and, finally, a comprehensive regional teaching university. UVU is one of Utah’s largest institutions of higher learning and offers programs ranging from career training to high-demand master degrees, with emphasis on undergraduate education.

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