Contemporary Dance

SSU Dance Performance Showcases 30 Performers
April 18, 2012
three female dancers in pose

Highlighted by professional choreography by Kristen Daley, Nancy Lyons, Scott Wells and Christine Cali, featuring new music by Jesse Olsen Bay and showcasing 30 dancers - the 2012 Spring Dance Concert will feature four contemporary, physical, athletic and humorous dance works as it explores the pleasure of dance; rituals and desire; human connections; and the technological state of being.

"Moe's Art," By Scott Wells.* Featuring music from Mozart, Smashing Pumpkins and "Amadeus," this dance piece explores speech and deconstruction; games and structured improvisation; chance dances and choreography and expresses dancing for the pleasure of dancing it and watching it.

"Kindle a Home Fire" By Nancy Lyons. Working with a collage of contemporary accordion music, cello and traditional Balinese chanting, "Kindle a Home Fire" explores ritual in our lives; the deep desire to be part of the pack; and how dancing continues to inspire the creation of tribes.

"face to FACE" By Kristen Daley. This dance piece asks "Connecting and re-connecting and staying connected through various virtual sites, are our lives more fulfilled...or less?" Then demonstrates through dance the need, desire and craving for physical embrace, a handshake, a hug and breath. Featuring new music by Jesse Olsen Bay.

"C.O.M.A." By Christine Cali.** This dance work examines the current technological phenomenon: Plugged into a technological state of being, unplugged from ourselves and each other, what happens next? Is it human experience or artificial existence? "C.O.M.A" considers "How do we evolve from here?"

New Dances by Christine Cali, Kristen Daley, Nancy Lyons and Scott Wells. 
New Music by Jesse Olsen Bay

The showtimes are as follows:
April 20 to April 28, 2012
7:30 p.m. Fridays, April 20 & April 27
7:30 p.m. Saturdays, April 21 & April 28
2 p.m. Sunday, April 22 - A performance in honor of musician Tony d'Anna. 
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 24 
6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 26

There will also be a Faculty / Staff Night: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 26 
Sonoma State University Faculty and Staff admitted free to this performance. A pre-show talk begins at 5 p.m. Snacks, wine and soft drinks will be available for purchase in the lobby at 5:30 p.m.

$9 to $16 / Sonoma State University students FREE for all performances
$9 students and seniors; $14 Sonoma State University faculty and staff; $16 general admission.

Pre-order and ticket reservations can be made through the box office at (707) 664-2353. 
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Tickets also sold at the door at Evert B. Person Theatre one hour prior to curtain.
Snacks, wine and soft drinks available for purchase in the lobby at 5:30 p.m.

BOX OFFICE: 707-664-2353
School of Performing Arts Box Office 
Hours: Monday thru Friday 12 to 3 p.m. at Ives Hall on SSU Campus.

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