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UA DANCE 2016/2017 SEASON

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3 WAYS TO PURCHASE YOUR SEASON SUBSCRIPTION

1 - IN PERSON
The Fine Arts Box Office is located inside the Marroney Theatre on the UA campus near the southeast corner of Park & Speedway. Hours are 12pm-4pm M-F.
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Download the season subscription form and fax it to (520) 626-8052.

3 - MAIL
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P.O Box 210003
Tucson, AZ 85721-0003

JAZZ IN AZ* (*Not part of the season subscription but on your calendar!)
Sept. 27 - 29, 2016
JAZZ in AZ is a One Act and One Hour spectacular of dynamic energy. The repertoire includes jazz, tap and contemporary dances. A Hat, a Chair, a Cane, a Glove, ITZaJAZZthing!, plays with these jazz dance iconic elements in sync with a score by jazz trumpet virtuoso, Winton Marsalis. The humorous Badum Boom begins with a delightful theatric comedy shtick and progressively increases energy to an exhaustive conclusion. A male tap dance duet, CATS in HATS, & this time no spats! is a Suessical exploration with a beat box score and surprising stage antics. JAZZ in AZ closes with Rising, a contemporary jazz dance to the score of the new award winning R&B artist, Andra Day, and the R&B Gospel Soul group, Sounds of Blackness. UA Faculty choreographers Michael Williams, Sam Watson, and Tamara Dyke-Compton, along with Omar Rivera, fill the stage with imagination and invention.

PREMIUM BLEND
Nov. 2 - 6, 2016
Join us for Premium Blend as we present the work of faculty and a Balanchine masterpiece.  New to our stage will be James Clouser’s fresh creation called Cloud Nine, a dance for young men to the music of Peter Lieuwen. Sam Watson’s “tongue in cheek” but brilliantly structured Borrowed Baroque will amuse.  Amy Ernst’s intimate modern dance for eight women, titled Songs of Sanctuary, uses powerful imagery and poetic metaphor to explore human interdependence, support and trust.  A new duet, Forever Fred,  is Michael Williams’ nod to  Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. 

English Suite, last staged for Liaoning Ballet  (China’s third largest ballet company), is a piece by Melissa Lowe and Jory Hancock to the  pastoral music of C. Hubert Parry, whose composition references the Scottish countryside and the exuberance of its people.  Capping off the program is Balanchine’s vivacious Tarantella Pas de Deux, first created in 1964 for the New York City Ballet.  Balanchine designed this explosive dance to showcase the talents of Edward Villella and Patricia McBride. In the decades since its premiere, it has continued to be performed only by ballet virtuosi whose technical prowess illustrates the verve and bravado
required.

Oh …   and by the way -- we’ll treat you to a visit by the effervescent Edward Villella!

HERE & NOW: STUDENT SPOTLIGHT
Dec. 1 - 4, 2016
Let our students lift your spirits as we present an evening of choreography by the best and brightest of our 150 undergraduate and graduates. Here the dance faculty step aside and cheer with you as these young artists step into the spotlight with work that is newly created just for this moment.

“Here and Now ….” refers to both the group of students moving towards graduation but who are still here, and to all young artists who — with their bodies, minds and hearts — continue to create art in spite of the many challenges they face.  They dance because dance is what they are driven to do.

LES NOCES | THE AMERICAN | RECESSES
Feb. 15-19, 2017
The Arizona Choir and the UA Dance Ensemble collaborate for a truly unique series of performances featuring Igor Stravinsky’s ballet-cantata Les Noces. 2017 marks the work’s centennial and these performances will be the first time that the work has been performed in Arizona with the ballet. Scored for four pianos, 12 percussionists,  choir and dancers, this is a fusion of several of the College of Fine Arts’ premiere ensembles.

Also on the bill and performed by the UA Dance Ensemble is Christopher Wheeldon’s The American. The current Broadway run of An American in Paris, directed by Wheeldon, gives you a glimpse of this British choreographer’s genius. And in The American, his 2001 ballet tribute to this country, he creates a sense of space, tranquility, the great plains, and the open sky.

Finally we bring back to the stage Recesses, a powerful  female solo staged and formerly performed by Amy Ernst.  This work will mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of its choreographer, legendary modern dance icon Bella Lewitzky.

STEPPIN’ OUT LIVE with BEN VEREEN* (*Optional Add-on to season subscription)
Mar. 31 - Apr. 2, 2017
Steppin’ Out Live with Ben Vereen has been dazzling audiences around the world! The show highlights this Tony Award winning performer’s unique artistry, combining a tribute to Broadway and Frank Sinatra. Featuring hit songs such as “Defying Gravity,” “Stand By Me” and “My Way,” you’ll be on a contemporary yet timeless journey filled with song and dance, stories of his life, a great deal of humor, and multiple standing ovations.  Ben performed at the opening of the Stevie Eller Dance Theatre in 2003 and holds an honorary degree from the University of Arizona.  For this concert, Ben will once again share the stage with us as the UA Dance Ensemble contributes two works to the evening.

SPRING COLLECTION
April 21 - 30, 2017
As “the closer” of the UA Dance Season, Spring Collection always offers something special. It is the confluence of dancers performing at the top of their game, and faculty and guest choreographers showcasing some of their best work.
 
James Clouser will revive his internationally acclaimed duet Ear to Stone, a study in domesticity danced to the poetry of John Giorno and Giacomo Puccini. From Puccini we move to Prince and a medley of his tunes in Michael Williams’ The Artist: Celebrating PRINCE.  Billy Joel’s music is there as well.  His melancholy ballad from 1990, "And So It Goes," sung by Sara Gazarek, provides the musical inspiration for Amy Ernst’s contemplative dance for solo performer. 

The “Collection” goes on, including a piece for men by Elizabeth George; a piece for women by Tammy Dyke Compton; a new work by Sam Watson; and a processional to Afro-funk created by Barbea Williams.

A full bouquet to dress the stage ….

JUMP START: STUDENT SPOTLIGHT
Apr. 20 - 29, 2017
Jump Start will give you a glimpse into a not too distant future, because a new era is about to begin.  The next generation of dance artists are about to break from our stage and fan out across the country. 

While here as members of UA Dance, our young choreographers and dancers have showcased their work not only in Arizona, but across the country and beyond.  Their “jump start” has been the time spent as a member of the UA Dance Ensemble, and while the faculty has offered one perspective, you, as audience members, have played a role as well.  We thank you for that.

And remember, Jump Start is just the beginning; not the end...