‘The Current’ puts spotlight on new CU dance faculty works; annual showcase March 7-9

BOULDER, Colo. – The dance faculty and guest artists will present “The Current,” a performance of new work March 7-9 at the University of Colorado Boulder.

This year’s performance will include work by two faculty members and three guest artists: ananya-dance-theatre-pipaashaa40

Assistant Professor Donna Mejia will premier a solo and a group piece with nine students. “Expatriation Orientation of Cryosleep” focuses on complex isolations throughout the body, a technique integral to her form, tribal fusion. In the group piece, “Operation Boomla: A Woman’s Prerogative with the Beat,” Mejia uses intricate rhythms to both embody the music and to show the power of the female body without giving into stereotypes.

“Less,” choreographed by Assistant Professor Erika Randall, is a solo work performed by student Samantha Lysaght. The piece is part of a trilogy Randall has been working on for several years and is dedicated to her Aunt Julie who “survived gracefully with (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) for three years,” the choreographer says.

“The Current” also will include works by three 2013-14 guest residents in the dance program.

Teena Marie Custer, renowned b-girl and faculty member at Slippery Rock University, will present, “Shadow Walk,” an imagined ritualized procession that incorporates multiple street dance styles to eulogize and celebrate the pioneers and participants of Hip-hop culture.

Paige Cunningham Caldarella, Assistant Professor at the Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago, is interested in the disconnect between life in the “cozy United States” and other places where frequent hardship and disaster show up frequently — and remotely — on American news. That interest informs her piece, “Agape,” which features direct and aggressive movement in combination with vulnerability.

Ananya Chatterjea, this year’s CU Theater and Dance Roser Guest Artist, is artistic director of Ananya Dance Theater and professor in the Department of Theater Arts and Dance at University of Minnesota. Chatterjea uses contemporary Indian dance in her work “Neel/Blutopia: dreams, interruptions” to explore a dream-space where each dancer will create their own dream-space and the choreography will show the individuality and difference in each dancer’s journey.

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“The Current”

New dance works by CU-Boulder faculty and guest artists

Where: Irey Theatre, University Theatre building, University of Colorado Boulder

When: 7:30 p.m. March 7-8; 2 p.m. March 8-9.

Tickets: $12 general admission; $10 CU students; $7 under 18

Box Office: 303-492-8181; or go to http://theatredance.colorado.edu

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