The UNLV Department of Dance was one of the first dance institutions in the nation to offer a broad-based dance curriculum with equal-emphasis study in the classical dance forms- ballet, modern dance and jazz dance. The goal is to train diverse dancers who are able to perform in various contemporary dance styles. Nowhere is this fact as evident as it is to the viewers of UNLV’s concert dance season. Cycles of Motion, the first concert of Spring semester, brings together a group of six diverse choreographers from around the world to choreograph works on UNLV Dance Company members.
Modern dance faculty member Cathy Allen will present a piece titled, Strangers in the Street, inspired by the book and internet blog sensation, Humans of New York. The author, Brandon Stanton, captures a photo and short comment by random subjects he meets of which are surprisingly poignant and varied-literally a small window into their soul. Allen’s choreography represents the ebbs and flow of the many strangers we meet along our day, a concept that Allen admits is a common underlying theme in much of her work.
Rachel Berman will draw upon the driving rhythms of the Mexican guitar duo Rodrigo Y Gabriela combined with her background performing the athletic style of legendary modern dance choreographer Paul Taylor. This piece for 17 evokes the hustle and bustle of the big city and the "cogs" that keep the machine running. Berman a long-standing company member of the Paul Taylor Dance Company is the spring 2016 modern dance artist-in-residence.
Margot Mink Colbert, ballet professor and Assistant Chair in the UNLV Dance Department presents a three-movement dance suite Come What May. This work features original musical composition by Dance Department Music Director/Composer-In-Residence, Beth Mehocic.
Richard Havey’s It Don’t Mean a Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing is a combination of Lindy Hop and tap and features performance with the UNLV Ballroom Team. Havey is a member of the UNLV Dance jazz dance faculty.
This concert also features works by ballet artist-in-residence James Jeon and jazz artist-in-residence Jason Parsons. Jeon’s Blow-Out is a relentless contemporary ballet work revealing the pent-up energy that individuals need to identify and release into the world. This work follows the style of his recent work Rage, which received excellent reviews in the Korean world of Dance. Jeon is the artistic director of the Seoul Ballet Theatre as well as a professor of dance at the Korea National Sport University.
Jason Parsons is a choreographer and performer whose works have been showcased on numerous companies around the world. Parsons is on faculty with Nuvo Dance Convention, Steps on Broadway, Peridance and Broadway Dance Center in New York City.
The concert promises to be an exciting and diverse evening of dance.