Texas Woman’s Dance department presents DanceMakers Concert Series

Oct. 13, 2017 – DENTON – The Texas Woman’s University Department of Dance presents its Fall DanceMakers Concert Series Nov. 16-18 in the Margo Jones Performance Hall, located on TWU’s Denton campus. The Fall 2017 DanceMakers concert showcases diverse choreographic work including hip-hop, ballet folklórico, dance theatre and contemporary dance.

Performances are at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, and at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 17 and 18. Tickets to the event are $5 for students and seniors, $10 for general admission. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit https://www.twu.edu/dance/events-and-performances/concerts/ or call 940-898-2086.

Opening the DanceMakers concert is ballet folklórico work Veracruz Suite, a dance choreographed by guest artist Daniel Alvarado that encompass traditions both somber and joyous, from a witch trial to a wedding. A long-time dance educator from San Antonio specializing in Mexican ballet folklórico, Alvarado served 20 years as director for the W. E. Greiner Fine Arts Academy Ballet Folklorico in the Dallas Independent School District. His choreography and teaching reflect his training in the style made popular by the Ballet Folklórico de Mexico (BFM). He studied with several pioneers of the BFM including Juan Casados, Carlos Casados, Tizoc Fuentes and the world renowned Rafael Zamarripa.

Following Veracruz Suite, dances choreographed by TWU faculty and students will be performed. Correlation is not Causation, a dance choreographed by undergraduate Brittany Valdez, explores shifts between stillness and fluidity. Graduate student choreographer Ashlea Sovetts’ piece Scars of Solitude was inspired by conversations with members of the Muslim community and their experiences with isolation. Closing the first half of the concert is Within, a work choreographed by undergraduate student Chely Jones, inspired by the biblical passage Matthew 5:4: “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”

Opening the second half of the show is Interference, a work choreographed by Texas Woman’s adjunct professor Erika Record. This dance captures the ever-changing relationships between the performers as they interact, intersect and interfere with each other's pathways. PIT, choreographed by graduate student Tara Baker, demonstrates punk aesthetics through exploring close proximity between the performers. Graduate student Reyna Mondragon choreographed Helen, inspired by the rhythms and vocalization found in the music of Meredith Monk.

Closing the show is Identity Musical Chairs, choreographed by undergraduate student Colby Calhoun. This piece questions the concept of responsibility by juxtaposing comedic movement, technical dance and over-the-top dramatization.

All works will be performed by Texas Woman’s University undergraduate and graduate dance students.

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