FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Whitney Herr-Buchholz
Manager, Operations and Advancement
School of Dance, University of Arizona
Location: Stevie Eller Dance Theatre
Address: 1737 E. University Blvd. Tucson, AZ 85721
Purchase Tickets: College of Fine Arts Box Office 520.621.1162 or tickets.arizona.edu
Show Dates and Times
Thursday, April 19, 7:30pm
Saturday, April 21, 1:30pm
Sunday, April 22, 6:00pm
Wednesday, April 25, 7:30pm
Saturday, April 28, 1:30pm
Ticket Prices: Adult $25 / Senior, Military, UA Employee $23 / Student $12
Tucson, Arizona ˗ At the Edge – Student Spotlight features thirteen new works created by members of the UA Dance Ensemble and displays their unique versatility and voices.
A number of pieces on the program are the result of choreographic collaboration. Dreams Today, choreographed by undergraduate dancers Ally Hauke and Gracie Plath, began when the two realized the compatibility of their movement sensibilities in an improvisation exercise earlier in the year. This uplifting piece is a reminiscence of childhood memories and the curiosity they had about their futures from the perspective of their younger selves.
Oregano’s, choreographed by best friends Emigdio Arredondo and Natalie Clevenger, is distinctly of Tucson origin. The dance was conceived in the fall of 2017 at the Oregano’s restaurant on Speedway when the two were having a conversation about dance legend Martha Graham and the particulars of the modern technique style over lunch. Arredondo playfully added Samba movement resulting in a fusion of Graham and Samba danced on and around a dinner table.
MFA candidate Kara Madden presents her piece, The Journey, inspired by the poem “Lucy’s Warbler” by Christina Vega-Westhoff about the birds who call the mesquite trees of the Sonoran Desert home for part of the year. The piece itself drawn inspiration from the spring migration season, during which Lucy’s Warblers migrate North from Mexico into Arizona. This piece for nine dancers set to the music of Zoë Keating captures the quirky movements of birds and their intricate flocking patterns.
At the Edge is where we are in April as our young artists are ready to break from our stage and fan out across the country.