Archive for Sunday, April 30, 2000

Choreographers contribute to University Dance concert

April 30, 2000


The University Dance Company will present its spring concert at 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday in the Lied Center. The concert will feature works of guest choreographers Brian Brooks and Krystyna Jurkowski-Hilding as well as dances by Cohan/Suzeau and other members of the KU dance faculty.

The program will open with Jurkowski-Hilding's "Potpourri," performed by six dancers to "Waldmeister Overture," by Johann Strauss Jr. Jurkowski-Hilding, a former principal dancer with the Joffrey Ballet, teaches advanced and intermediate ballet at Dance Gallery and has taught master classes in Kansas City and Topeka.

Also featured will be "Open," choreographed by Brooks during an intensive nine-day residency with KU dancers while he was on campus with Donald Byrd/The Group as part of the Lied Center's JazzTrain project. The work for 11 dancers is performed to "Section 4" of "The Four Sections," by Steve Reich.

Choreography by Cohan/Suzeau, the duet company in residence at KU, will be showcased in three works:

  • "Now and Forever," choreographed and danced by the duo to "Satie Blues," by Toby Twining.
  • "The Dying Swan," a solo work choreographed by Patrick Suzeau, instructor of dance, to "Carnival of the Animals," by Camille Saint-Saens, and featuring KU senior Shannon Smith.
  • "Sonata," choreographed by Muriel Cohan, associate professor of dance, to "Sonata No. 1," by Alberto Ginastera. Suzeau is the soloist in the work and is accompanied by a troupe of seven dancers.

The remainder of the program includes:

  • "She and the Wallpaper," a work for seven dancers choreographed by Joan Stone, instructor of dance, to "Frescoes: The Caves of Orcus," by William Bolcom. This dance portrays the struggle between madness and sanity, convention and liberation, in the life of Charlotte Perkins Gilman, author of "The Yellow Wallpaper," which was written in 1892.
  • "Feet in the Soil," a work for five performers created by Willie Lenoir, lecturer in dance, and performed to "Ijeilu," by James Asher, and "N'Toum," by Armand Frydman and Dennis Hekimian.

Tickets for the spring concert are available at the Lied Center Box Office, 864-ARTS; Murphy Hall Box Office, 864-3982; and Student Union Activities Box Office, 864-3477.

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