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'Dancing Uphill' to Highlight Student Performance and Original Choreography

Release Date: 03-22-2010

Author: Lee Ann Cox
Phone: 802-656-1107 Fax: (802) 656-3203

The UVM dance program presents a wide diversity of choreographic approach in "Dancing Uphill," March 25 to 26 at 8 p.m., and March 27 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., in Mann Gymnasium on the Trinity Campus. Tickets are $10 (cash or check only).

Now in its third year, this annual event features performances by students, and the original choreography of faculty, students and guest artists. Artistic Director and Assistant Professor Paul Besaw and Lighting/Technical Director John B. Forbes collaborate with student lighting designers to transform Mann Gymnasium into a functional and intimate performance space.

"'Dancing Uphill 2010,'" says Besaw, "is eclectic, constantly shifting and insightful."

Senior Meghan Burgess performs "Quickie," a bold and visually striking prop investigation that recently received top honors at the American College Dance Festival Association's New England Region Conference (ACDFA) at Boston University. Burgess was selected to perform her solo in a Gala Concert representing the best work of the conference. Erin McGee, also a senior, presents her duet "Compliments," also performed at the ACDFA conference, providing a formalist examination of two distinct, yet complimentary, figures in motion.

Besaw, coordinator of UVM's dance program, presents "To the Earth," a new work for six dancers, set to a "speaking percussionist" score of the same title, performed live by D. Thomas Toner, chair and associate professor of music. Other works by faculty include "Wind May Blow," a quartet by Clare Byrne and a solo from Gregory Ramos, assistant professor of theatre. Guest highlights include a work by Tiffany Rhynard, artist in residence at Middlebury College, setting her "Shiny" on a cast of ten, providing a strong, physically charged closing to the concert.

"Dancing Uphill" continues its creative exchange featuring guest performances by students from the dance program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, accompanied by Nebraska professor and choreographer Susan Levine.

Information: For ticket reservations, (802) 656-2295.