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Fall Dance Concert features choreography by Maloy, Green and Wake Forest dance faculty

November 4, 2008

The Wake Forest University Fall Faculty/Guest Artist Dance Concert will be held Nov. 20-22 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 23 at 2 p.m. in the MainStage Theater of the university’s Scales Fine Arts Center.  The concert will feature work by guest artists Heather Maloy, artistic director of Terpsicorps Dance Theatre in Asheville, and Kenneth Green, renowned dancer/choreographer and dance faculty member at Spelman College.

Presented by the Wake Forest Dance Company and the university’s theatre and dance department, the concert will also feature choreography by four Wake Forest dance faculty members: Nina Lucas, Brantley Shapiro, Christina Tsoules Soriano and Tina Yarborough Liggins.

The dance company will perform a variety of works, including Maloy’s “Gotan,” a unique twist on the traditional tango that incorporates sharp, angular movements, percussion music and costumes.  Green will present a new piece that combines ballet, modern dance, jazz and African movement and tells a story of each dancer and their iPods. 

The concert will also include:

  • A restaged version of Lucas’ work titled “Imminent” featuring ballet, contemporary and jazz dancers performing to the movie soundtrack from “The Bourne Identity.”  Lucas will also perform a solo choreographed by Gyula Pandi.
  • A restaged version of the classical “Waltz of the Flowers” from Lou Christensen’s “The Nutcracker” by Shapiro. 
  • Two new group pieces by Soriano.  In the first, dancers “tell” the story of a dancer who becomes paralyzed.  The part of the paralyzed dancer will be performed by Wake Forest theatre major Jenny Malarkey.  The second piece is a collaborative work featuring six dancers and Wake Forest student Anthony DeMartino singing songs from Schubert’s “Winterreise.”
  • A modern jazz fusion piece created by Yarborough Liggins that features music by Israel and Newbreed.

Maloy is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA).  At 17, she joined the North Carolina Dance Theatre (NCDT), and over the next 13 years, she danced principal and soloist roles and choreographed six pieces, including “Couch Potatoes.”  She has created several premieres for ballet companies.  She is the founding director and resident choreographer of Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance.

A graduate of the United States International University, Green has appeared with Donny and Marie Osmond, Bob Hope, Donna Summer and Carol Lawrence.  He has taught for Dance America, Dance Olympus, Dance Masters of America, Dance Educators of America and several teaching organizations throughout Canada.  He has choreographed for Vanessa Williams, Adidas, Target Stores, Head Sportswear and Kodak.  His concert work is in repertory with the Atlanta Jazz Theater, Dancers Unlimited in Dallas, TX, and Dance Theater West in New Mexico.  He also produces instructional jazz dance technique and choreography videos for Staler Records and Video.

Admission to the concert is $10 for adults and $5 for students, senior citizens and children.  Advance tickets are available beginning Nov. 10 through the Wake Forest Theatre Box Office at (336) 758-5295 between noon and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Tickets will also be available at the door.

For additional information, call 336-758-5393.

Press Contacts:

Pam Barrett
(336) 758-5237

Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237

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