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Wake Forest presents Fall Faculty/Guest Artist Dance Concert

November 3, 2009

The Wake Forest University Fall Faculty/Guest Artist Dance Concert will be held Nov. 19-21 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 22 at 2 p.m. in the Mainstage Theatre of the university’s Scales Fine Arts Center.  The concert will feature work by guest artists Juel Lane, Larry Lavender, Sean Sullivan and Gyula Pandi.

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:  Brantly Bright Shapiro, Tina Yarborough Liggins, Christina Tsoules Soriano and Nina Lucas.

The dance company will provide a variety of works, including Lane’s piece titled “What He Left Us,” which celebrates the creativity of Michael Jackson.  Lucas’ “Ghosts” is a dance in three sections dealing with the anxiety of breaking up and the quest to find comfort and move on.  The first section of “Ghosts” features the music of Maroon 5, while the second and third section features the music of Dirty Vegas, a British house music group.

“Get Up” by Liggins is an upbeat number exhibiting the technical and physical traits of a dancer.  The piece starts out jazzy with a little bit of fun.  Then, high-energy, hard-hitting stepping movements stir the audience to “Get Up” out of their seats. 

Shapiro will present three movements from the ballet “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” all featuring fairies dancing in the woods on a moonlit night.  In Soriano’s new quartet, dancers investigate the different movement qualities that emerge when dancing through the negative space that is created around their bodies versus what happens when they dance on each other’s body surfaces.

The concert will also include:

  • Sullivan’s “Without,” described as being created in the place left utterly empty by the departing of a loved one.
  • Lavender’s “Give/Take (a dance that makes itself)”
  • Pandi’s “Gossip,” featuring the music of Johann Strauss Jr.

Lane recently finished six years of touring nationally and internationally with Ronald K. Brown’s Evidence dance company.  A graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Lane made his choreographic debut at UNCSA.  In New York, he worked with Souloworks/Andrea E. Woods & Dancers, Ebony Ruffin, Camille A. Brown, Bridget L. Moore and others.  He has taught at Tri-Cities Visual and Performing Arts Magnet School, Dekalb School of the Arts, Total Dance/Dancical Productions, UNCSA, and elsewhere. 

Lavender is a dancer, choreographer, writer and teacher. In addition to teaching in the dance department at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Lavender teaches creativity courses in the Grogan College learning community program, the Lloyd International Honors College, and the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program at UNC-G.  His main areas of teaching are choreography, dance criticism, aesthetics, performance art, writing, and creativity theories and practices.

Pandi trained and performed with the Hungarian National Ballet and was a member of the faculty at UNCSA for 37 years.  A number of his students have become internationally acclaimed teachers. Since his retirement in 2003, Pandi has remained a much-sought guest teacher in many schools and companies throughout the country.

Sullivan has been a faculty member of UNCSA’s contemporary dance program since 1998.  A former dancer with the Limón Dance Company, Sullivan performed and taught in nine different countries and 18 states in the 1990s.  He continues to serve the Limón Foundation as a guest teacher and reconstructor of Limón repertory.  At UNCSA, Sean has choreographed 10 dances for main-stage concerts and served as set director for two of Limón’s masterworks.  He will stage another Limon work in the spring.  Sullivan has served the North Carolina Arts Council as a dance panelist and site evaluator.  He was a board member and vice president of the North Carolina Dance Alliance for four years.  

Admission to the concert is $10 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens. Advance tickets are available beginning Nov. 9 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:

Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237

Cheryl Walker
(336) 758-5237

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