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University Dance Company Performance - Stravinsky Revisited

Sunday, February 3, 2008
12:00 AM
Power Center, 121 Fletcher St.

This performance features the University Dance Company in an evening of modern dance set to new compositions inspired by Igor Stravinsky. Sponsored by the School of Music, Theatre, & Dance. Tickets required. See related events on January 23, 25, and 29.

Igor Stravinsky's music has inspired many of the most innovative choreographers of the 20th Century. Following the success of Viva Stravinsky in 1989, the University Dance Company creates another vivacious concert paying homage to the composer. Jessica Fogel creates a choreographic mosaic of her works set to an original score by Stephen Rush based on a musical fragment from Stravinsky's "Symphony of Psalms." Amy Chavasse premieres a work set to Stravinsky waltzes, polkas and tangos. The dance will combine movement, video, and text to relate historical events of the 1920s and 40s. Village by guest Daniel Gwirtzman is set to seven brief movements from four Stravinsky compositions. Inspired by the folkloric traditions of Eastern European cultures, Village honors the unions of new lovers, the rituals of a cohesive community, and the presence of tragedy among life's joys. Guest Ginger Thatcher explores the idea of light, shadows, the cut out motifs of Matisse, and the realms in between in her work Shadow Dances, set to Stravinsky's "Ebony Concerto."Highlighting the concert is a brand new work by hip-hop dance choreographer Rennie Harris, artistic director of Puremovement based in Philadelphia. Known for his ground-breaking all-male adaptation of Shakespeare's classic story, "Rome & Jewels," Mr. Harris will take a new look at Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring." Photo below: Tomoko Takedani and Thayer Jonutz in "Heaven" by guest choreographer Rennie Harris. Photo by Peter Smith Photography.