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Location:  Stevie Eller Dance Theatre (University of Arizona campus)
Address:  1713 E. University Blvd. Tucson, AZ 85721
Purchase Tickets:  College of Fine Arts Box Office 520.621.1162 or tickets.arizona.edu

Three’s a Crowd

Two weekends of showtimes

February 13-23, 2014 7:30pm and 1:30pm Sunday matinees

Ticket prices:  Adult: $29, Senior/Military: $26, UA Employee: $26, Student: $12

Fine Arts Box Office: (520) 621-1162

Guest choreography featured in Three’s a Crowd includes the UA Dance premiere of Evolution of a Dream by guest Sherry Zunker, who created this piece in 2009 for River North Dance Chicago.

Another work set originally on a professional company is James Clouser’s Three Trios, first presented by Houston Ballet.  This piece, in which three is definitely a crowd, will be newly crafted to the music of Chick Corea.  Billy Joel’s melancholy ballad from 1990, And So It Goes, provides the musical inspiration for Amy Ernst’s new choreography, a contemplative meditation on love for solo performer. Finally, Melissa Lowe will stage Window in the Woods, a work that that she and Annie Bunker (founding artistic director of Tucson’s OTO Dance Company) co-created and danced in 1999. 

Those who knew and loved the dance numbers for the Carol Burnett Show would no doubt be happy to see, once again, the genius of choreographer Ernie Flatt.  With an Emmy for his work with Burnett, Ernie Flatt was also nominated for two Tony Awards for Sugar Babies: as Best Choreographer and, with Rudy Tronto, Best Director (Musical).  Here’s the surprise — UA Dance will be re-creating a couple of his pieces to be performed during Three’s a Crowd!

Spring Collection

Two weekends of showtimes

April 25-May 4, 2014 7:30 and 1:30pm Sunday matinees

Ticket Prices:  Adult: $27, Senior/Military: $25, UA Employee: $25, Student: $12

At center stage for UA Dance Spring Collection will be Sam Watson’s full length work called Tales and Rhymes.   A project of some three years in the making, Tales and Rhymes brings to life the often dark folk tales made famous by the Brothers Grimm and the sometimes more lighthearted offerings from the Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes.   As in all good tales, what seems hopelessly riddled with tragedy can sometimes turn cheerful, and what may seem outwardly innocent can have an ominous side that takes us into darkness.

Sam Watson explores the opposing forces of good versus evil, often sprinkled with the presence of animal characters, magicians, an innocent maiden, a conniving witch ...From Little Red Riding Hood to Sleeping Beauty, this 45 minute work will illustrate through dance some of the best stories ever told.   In support of the choreography will be video and projections created by Watson and media specialist Dan Howarth.

Rainbow Bound-Student Spotlight

Two weekends of showtimes

April 24-May3, 2014 7:30 and 1:30pm Sunday matinees

Stevie Eller Dance Theatre

Ticket prices:  Adult: $25, Senior/Military: $23, UA Employee: $23, Student: $12

Fine Arts Box Office: (520)-621-1162

In The Discovery Series, we uncover the past but also reveal the future. A new era is about to begin, as the next generation of dance artists breaks from our stage and fans out across the country. The work of our young choreographers and dancers has been seen nationally and internationally, and is sure to leave a mark on you now and in the future.