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Nov. 2, 2011 /FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / High-res photo available upon request
Media Contact: Chelsea de Jesus, Manager and Press Contact, UNCSA Production Marketing Office
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UNCSA TO PRESENT FALL DANCE CONCERT

 

Nov 15-19 in Agnes de Mille Theatre

 


WINSTON-SALEM- This year’s annual Fall Dance concert will be unique among the dance concerts performed at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA). It will feature world premiere works choreographed by four alumni of the UNCSA School of Dance.

Fall Dance will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15-19 and at 2 p.m. Nov. 19 in Agnes de Mille Theatre on the UNCSA campus, 1533 S. Main St. in Winston-Salem. Fall Dance is showcased as part of the Six Days in November, the fourth annual celebration of Winston-Salem as a city where arts and innovation thrive.

Trish Casey ‘77, Helen Simoneau ‘02, Grady Bowman ‘05, and Juel Lane ‘02 will premiere works that highlight the subtle but intense power of dance. All of the works are being choreographed in conjunction with the senior dance students during the rehearsal process.

Casey’s piece, entitled From the Angle of an Angel’s Eye, features seven women, with an additional seven women serving as the chorus. The work contemplates feminine strength and tenderness, the wisdom of waiting, and the journey of integrating the visible and the invisible realms of heaven and earth within the physical form of dance.

UNCSA Fall Dance
Photo by Steve Davis

Choreographer Grady Bowman observes as
Christopher Reynolds and Brian Binion rehearse his piece, The Persistence of Perception into Melting Expectation.

Simoneau will present Quelque Chose also featuring 14 seniors. The work explores the contrast between fake and real, exploring the search for genuine experiences, while playing with the idea of cool: questioning how hard one must work to be cool and whether the true self is erased in the process. It will also be performed in New York City in March as part of the Pluck Project, which showcases original choreography by graduating seniors in UNCSA’s School of Dance.

Bowman’s piece, The Persistence of Perception into Melting Expectation, is inspired by themes, aesthetics and subjects of several Salvador Dalí paintings. It will examine the relationship between an artist and his muse, the use and misuse of that relationship and the entanglement that is sometimes intricate and almost always complicated.

Lane will premiere a piece that tackles the issue of sexual identity and how it relates to gender. Divided into three short parts entitled Waiting, Greedy and Yielding, the piece provides a view of same-gender love stories. These stories are meant to expose what can be the elephant in the room and simultaneously express how humans are all the same, no matter their gender or sexual orientation.

Trish Casey has taught contemporary dance at UNCSA since 1990. After earning her Master of Fine Arts degree from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, she danced with the companies of Pauline Koner and Don Redlich. She has directed several creativity-based workshops for teachers, choreographers and dancers in North Carolina, Texas and New Mexico. She initiated “A Dance Gathering,” an annual event that hosts professional works from around the country, in Dallas, Texas. She has served as a guest artist, director, and choreographer at a number of other schools and has choreographed numerous performances at UNCSA and other institutions, including Surrendering in a Champion’s World, which was first performed at UNCSA and later filmed in collaboration with faculty and students from the Schools of Dance, Design & Production, and Filmmaking. The film won “Best in Showcasing North Carolina Filmmaking Potential” at the RiverRun International Film Festival in 2003 and has been shown at other festivals around the country.

Helen Simoneau is a native of Québec, Canada. She currently lives in Winston-Salem and creates with a group of dancers based in both New York City and Winston-Salem. Her choreography has been presented in Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Italy, Greece, Spain, Switzerland, and has toured throughout Germany and the United States. In 2007, she was selected as one of five choreographers for the Swiss International Coaching Project in Zurich, Switzerland. She has created new works for the Bessie Schönberg Residency at The Yard (Mass.), UNCSA, the Eisenhower Dance Ensemble (Mich.) and has restaged her work for The University of Oklahoma, Wake Forest University, and Hollins University (Va.). Holding a Master of Fine Arts degree from Hollins University, she has served as adjunct faculty at the American Dance Festival, UNCSA, and University of North Carolina at Greensboro. This past spring, she was a visiting assistant professor at Hollins University. She has taught at the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain and was an artist-in-residence at Bates Dance Festival in the emerging choreographers program. She is currently a full-time guest faculty member at UNCSA.

Grady Bowman has worked at regional theatres and is best known for his roles on Broadway in The Pirate Queen, South Pacific and Billy Elliot. In South Pacific he also served as assistant dance captain, and in Billy Elliot he served as fight captain.

Juel Lane has worked with the likes of Andrea Woods/Souloworks and Dancers, Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company, Ebony Ruffin, Camille A. Brown and Dancers, Stepp Stewart, and Bridget L. Moore. He recently finished six years of touring nationally and internationally with Ronald K. Brown/Evidence Dance Company. Additionally, he has taught at Tri-Cities Visual and Performing Arts Magnet School, Dekalb School of the Arts, Total Dancial Productions, New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, UNCSA, Evidence Dance Series, DCNS Summer Camp, University of Buffalo, Youth Ensemble of Atlanta, and Harlem’s Perry Studios.

Tickets to Fall Dance are $15 for adults and $13 for students and seniors. For more information or to order tickets, call the UNCSA box office 336-721-1945 or visit www.uncsa.edu/performances.

Six Days in November is a collaborative effort by more than 50 local arts and cultural organizations, educational institutions, galleries, restaurants and entertainment venues. From Nov. 15 to 20, the festival will highlight more than 80 events, including theatre, fine crafts, music, dance, culinary experiences, and children’s activities. For information about Six Days in November, visit www.6DaysInNovember.com www.Intothearts.org.

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts is the first state-supported residential school of its kind in the nation. Established as the North Carolina School of the Arts by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, UNCSA opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. More than 1,100 students from high school through graduate school train for careers in the arts in five professional schools: Dance, Design and Production (including a Visual Arts Program), Drama, Filmmaking, and Music. UNCSA is the state’s only public arts conservatory, dedicated entirely to the professional training of talented students in the performing, visual and moving image arts. UNCSA is located at 1533 S. Main St., Winston-Salem. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.

 

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