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Archive for Saturday, August 16, 2003

KU dancers take on Limón

Missa Brevis’ to include performance, public forum

August 16, 2003

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A familiar face will return this fall to Kansas University to reconstruct a rarely performed Jose Limón masterpiece with the University Dance Company.

Sarah Stackhouse, who is internationally known for restaging Limón works and who last fall taught KU's company Limón's "Choreographic Offerings," will mount the challenging "Missa Brevis," a 40-minute long piece with a strong male soloist and a large chorus of dancers.

Two hundred fifty KU student vocalists, under the direction of choral activities director John Paul Johnson, and an orchestra will provide live accompaniment for the performance.

"Missa Brevis" was inspired by the music of Zoltán Kodaly, which was written during the siege of Budapest, Hungary, at the end of World War II. It's often described as a memento to cities destroyed by war and to the unconquerable spirits of human beings who rise in hope and survive.

The dancers won't be the only ones to benefit from Stackhouse's residency. Community activities -- including a panel discussion on art and war, an open rehearsal, lectures, master classes and several public performances -- also are scheduled.

Here's a look at those and other KU dance events in the coming semester:

  • University Dance Company auditions, 7 p.m. Aug. 27, 242 Robinson Center, KU.
  • School of Fine Arts Collage Concert, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 19, Lied Center, KU.
  • Annual Dance Day, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 20, with master classes for secondary school students from across the Midwest, coinciding with the KU Open House, 240 and 242 Robinson Center, KU.
  • Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4, Lied Center, KU.
  • Miami City Ballet, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8, Lied Center, KU.
  • Open rehearsal, followed by a panel discussion on art and war, 7:30 p.m., Lied Center, KU.
  • University Dance Company, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 21-22, Lied Center, KU.
  • New Dance, Elizabeth Sherbon Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3-5, 240 Robinson Center, KU.

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