UA DANCE 2017/2018 SEASON
BECOME A SEASON SUBSCRIBER
- Discounted ticket prices
- Preferred seat selection
- Option for premier parking
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.
Google Map of Fine Arts Box Office and Performance Venue locations.
2 - FAX
Download the season subscription form and fax it to (520) 626-8052.
3 - MAIL
Download the season subscription form and mail to:
Dance Subs/UA – CFA Box Office
P.O Box 210003
Tucson, AZ 85721-0003
CFA BOX OFFICE
Phone: (520) 621 - 1162
Fax: (520) 626 - 8052
In person: Lobby of Marroney Theatre
Hours: Mon. - Fri. 12 - 4pm
- Tuesday, Sept. 26 7:30 PM
- Wednesday, Sept. 27 7:30 PM
- Thursday, Sept. 28 7:30 PM
From jazz dance to tap to contemporary, and from Beethoven to Prince, our one-act JAZZ in AZ will keep you at the edge of your seat.
Guest choreographer, Miguel Perez’s autobiographical work, Before Reality Sets In, offers contemporary dance set to the music of Ryuichi Sakamoto, Alva Noto, and Jóhann Jóhannsson. In a tribute to Fred Astaire, entitled Forever Fred, Michael Williams uses an unusual score by the Klass Brothers and Cuban Percussion’s version of Beethoven’s Pathetique #2, drawing on the ballroom dances from Astaire’s movies, Night and Day, Let’s Face the Music and Dance and Dancing in the Dark.
Three pieces on the program are the result of collaborations. Michael Williams created STEP BACK with co-choreographer Lauren Truby, and Sam Watson and Kenny Comstock together created the
zany WIRED. Celebrating its 30th Anniversary, WIRED has been performed around the world and is in the repertoire of numerous professional companies. In a third collaboration, Skidmore College music director Carl Landa and choreographer Tamara Dyke-Compton produced a work for eleven women titled Dead in the Shell. This piece illustrates the emotional struggle of feeling trapped in one place.
Finally, Williams has created new choreography for 28 dancers to music that captured a generation. The Artist: Celebrating PRINCE utilizes four of Prince’s songs: Let’s Go Crazy, The Dance, It’s About That Walk and 1999.
Stevie Eller Dance Theatre
Sunday, October 22, 2017 3:00 PM
Free and open to the public.
Get a sneak peek at our exciting new season, and hear the inside scoop on UA Dance’s roster of guest artists for the year. Enjoy light refreshments and an opportunity to become a season subscriber.
RSVP recommended: danceRSVP@cfa.arizona.edu or (520) 621-4698
Arrive early for best seating. General seating fills on a first-come first-served basis.
- Wednesday, Nov. 15 7:30 PM
- Thursday, Nov. 16 7:30 PM
- Friday, Nov. 17 7:30 PM
- Saturday, Nov. 18 1:30 PM
- Saturday, Nov. 18 7:30 PM
- Sunday, Nov. 19 1:30 PM
This year, the UA Dance Ensemble takes on Maurice Ravel’s Bolero, choreographed by the former Artistic Director of the Bolshoi Ballet and current Resident Choreographer for American Ballet Theatre, Alexei Ratmansky. See the work of this internationally acclaimed choreographer and MacArthur Fellow, along with a piece by modern dance icon Bella Lewitzky. Lewitzky’s creation, titled Meta4, will be staged by guest artist Walter Kennedy and faculty member Amy Ernst. To the live piano music of Mompou and Nin-Culmell will be a Spanish neo-classical ballet entitled Tonadas, with choreography by Melissa Lowe and Jory Hancock. And finally, in this year’s Premium Blend we welcome our new faculty member, Autumn Eckman, whose choreography and performance will be front and center.
Bolero is made possible through the generous support from the Ballet Masterworks Fund, the Fikkan and Sherwood Artist in Residence Fund, and the following donors:
Marlys Beider, Judy & Jim Brown, Merrily & George Davis, M J Demetras & John Nielsen Umbreit, Mary Jo Ghory, Wes Green, Sandy & Elliott Heiman, Jean & Jordan Nerenberg,
Martha & Terry Perl, Linda & Ken Robin, Jill & Herschel Rosenzweig
(Gifts made between July 1, 2016 - August 15, 2017)
- Thursday, Nov. 30 7:30 PM
- Friday, Dec. 1 7:30 PM
- Saturday, Dec. 2 7:30 PM
- Sunday, Dec. 3 1:30 PM
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 faculty step aside and cheer with you as dancers step into the spotlight with work that is newly produced just for this moment.
Living “in the moment” refers to all young artists who, with their bodies, minds and hearts, continue to create what is precious to us.
IN THE MOMENT - STUDENT SPOTLIGHT is made possible through the generous support from Lori Mackstaller.
- Friday, Jan. 26 7:30 PM
- Sunday, Jan. 28 3:00 PM
"Bernstein was the greatest risk-taker in 20th-century classical music. He thrived on conflict and this is nowhere more evident than in his composition, Mass." – NPR
Featuring Grammy-nominated True Concord and Baritone Jubilant Sykes, Stage Direction and Set Design by James Clouser, Choreography by Tamara Dyke-Compton and Chris Compton for the UA Dance Ensemble, and the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus, conducted by Eric Holtan. Perhaps Bernstein’s most ambitiously scaled work, Mass truly lives up to its name as “A Theatre Piece for
Singers, Players and Dancers.” Considering the tremendous success it has achieved since its premiere in 1971, it’s no wonder that the Washington Post has called it “arguably the best thing Bernstein ever wrote.”
The premiere of Mass, coinciding with the opening of the new John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., was an event to top all others; attendees included Rose Kennedy (the late president’s mother), Edward Kennedy, Henry Kissinger, and Aaron Copland. Mass represents the culmination – the totality – of who Bernstein was as a composer. It combines classical, Broadway, avant-garde, and other styles into one large, cohesive work. Ultimately a work of peace, Mass explores the human condition in social and religious terms.
- Wednesday, Feb. 21 7:30 PM
- Thursday, Feb. 22 7:30 PM
- Friday, Feb. 23 7:30 PM
- Saturday, Feb. 24 1:30 PM
- Saturday, Feb. 24 7:30 PM
- Sunday, Feb. 25 1:30 PM
The world is rich with dance forms, and in Dances Near and Far we hope to bring that richness to the Stevie Eller Dance Theatre. Dances Near and Far will feature African Dance by Barbea Williams, accompanied by drummer Aaron Vereen, a guest artist recently here with his father, Broadway legend Ben Vereen. Live music will grace the stage as well as works by Flamenco artist, Pablo Rodarte. Dance traditions from both Europe and Asia are on the bill, including a celebration of the College of Humanities’ newly established Center for Buddhist Studies. America has its share of original dance forms, including Hip Hop, Tap and from our nearby neighbors, a dance from the Tohono O’odham Nation, and those will be on the bill as well. Finally, we head south to Mexico and its Folkloric Dances, and further south to Argentina, where we present Tango in a robust, ballroom style.
Your chance to travel and dream - all in the comfort of your seat in the Stevie Eller Dance Theatre!
- Thursday, April 19 7:30 PM
- Saturday, April 21 1:30 PM
- Sunday, April 22 6:00 PM
- Wednesday, April 25 7:30 PM
- Saturday, April 28 1:30 PM
At the Edge is where we are in April! We hope you have followed the UA Dance Ensemble through an entire season, and now better understand how ready these young artists are to break from our stage and fan out across the country.
As members of UA Dance, our choreographers and dancers have showcased their work not only in Arizona, but across the country and beyond. You, as audience members, have played a role in supporting them, and now they are “at the edge” and ready to set sail. We thank you for that!
AT THE EDGE - STUDENT SPOTLIGHT is made possible through the generous support from Lori Mackstaller.
- Friday, April 20 7:30 PM
- Saturday, April 21 7:30 PM
- Sunday, April 22 1:30 PM
- Thursday, April 26 7:30 PM
- Friday, April 27 7:30 PM
- Saturday, April 28 7:30 PM
- Sunday, April 29 1:30 PM
Choreography by Watson, George-Fesch, Williams, Eckman, and more… To the music of Vivaldi, Barber, Britten, and an original drumline score… And then, the sizzling work of guest choreographer Darrell Grand Moultrie to music by Kenji Bunch in Boiling Point. That is the bouquet being assembled for Spring Collection.
The UA Dance Ensemble offers, as the center piece for Spring Collection, Moultrie’s Boiling Point, which had its world premiere with Atlanta Ballet in 2009. Moultrie states that his primary inspiration for Boiling Point came from the score bearing the same title. Moultrie goes on to say that the music had “a sort of journey, like when you’re making tea and it starts calm and it climaxes to reach this loud, high-pitched whistle. I wanted to use that idea in movement…” Moultrie is one of America’s very diverse and much sought after choreographers and master teachers, and he has created and staged his work for numerous professional companies, including Dance Theatre of Harlem, Milwaukee Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Ailey II, and others. Most recently Beyoncé selected him as one of her choreographers for her current Mrs. Carter World Tour. His portfolio as a performer is no less impressive; he was most recently cast as a member of the Tony Award winning musical, Billy Elliot. Darrell was born and raised in NYC, and we’re excited he is headed for Tucson!
Boiling Point is made possible through the generous support from Wes Green, the Fikkan and Sherwood Artist in Residence Fund, and the Ballet Masterworks Fund.
*Not part of the season subscription but deserves a spot on your calendar!