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UNLV Dance Announces 2017-18 Season —"The In Crowd"

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Arts & Culture  |  Aug 16, 2017  |  By Jennifer Vaughan
Media Contact: Jennifer Vaughan, 702-895-1575
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UNLV Dance's fall 2017 season opens Oct. 20. (Josh Hawkins/UNLV Creative Services)

UNLV Dance announces its 2017-18 season. For tickets, visit the UNLV Performing Arts Center box office or call 702-895-ARTS (2787). Season subscriptions with a savings of up to 20 percent are available, as well as individual tickets. Discounts are available.

In Orchestra 3
Oct. 20-21

The first concert of the year resumes the UNLV Dance and the UNLV Orchestra “In Orchestra” series. UNLV Dance will team with the UNLV Orchestra to present Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet. Rather than simply reconstruct the original ballet, the goal of the work is to collect a group of choreographers and tell the traditional story though the lens of numerous dance styles and genres, including ballet, modern dance, jazz, contemporary dance, hip hop, and folk dance. “In Orchestra 3” also will bring members of the UNLV department of theatre into the mix by reciting some of Shakespeare’s original text throughout piece. “In Orchestra 3” will be presented in the Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall.

Performance highlights:

  • Features Dance and Full Orchestra.
  • This is a new version of the classic ballet Romeo and Juliet. A mixing of dance styles, genres, and forms, with choreography by UNLV Dance faculty (Cathy Allen, Victoria Dale, Margot Mink Colbert, Richard Havey, Louis Kavouras, and Dolly Kelepecz-Momot) and guest artists (James Jeon, choreographer in residence at Seoul Ballet Theatre; Jiyeon Kim, dance faculty at Korea National Sport University; and Jaesun Lee, dance faculty at Korea National Sport University).
  • Music by Prokofiev performed by the UNLV Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Taras Krysa.
  • Lighting by Elizabeth Kline, with video projections by Beth Mehocic.
  • The production also will bring UNLV department of theatre into the mix reciting some of Shakespeare's original text throughout the piece.

In Between
Nov. 16-19

November promises an exciting collection of dances from the bachelor of fine arts dance majors. “In Between” presents these works in the Alta Ham Fine Arts Dance Studio One, HFA, Room 111.

Performance Highlights:

  • Bachelor of fine arts majors choreograph this series of pieces. UNLV has been recognized by Backstage Magazine for its high-caliber choreography program.
  • Victoria Dale also will present a work in this concert that later will represent UNLV at the International Association of Blacks in Dance International Conference.
  • Dance artist-in-residence Kristine Keppel will present a modern dance work in this concert.

In Composition
March 2-3

UNLV Dance always has had a deep respect for original music composition. This is reflected in the department's having a music composer-in-residence on its full-time faculty. Professor Beth Mehocic will collaborate with UNLV School of Music composition faculty members Jennifer Bellor, Charles Halka, Diego Vega, and Cynthia Wong, along with dance faculty choreographers Cathy Allen, Margot Mink Colbert, Victoria Dale, Richard Havey, Dolly Kelepecz-Momot, and Louis Kavouras to create the concert “In Composition."

"Interactions," a new work written by Mehocic, will feature a performance by Nancy Uscher, dean of the College of Fine Arts, with choreography by Louis Kavouras. “In Composition” will be presented in the Judy Bayley Theatre.

In Stride
April 26-29

The season ends with “In Stride," a collection of works choreographed by the bachelor of fine arts majors in dance performance and choreography. This show will be presented in the Alta Ham Fine Arts Dance Studio One, HFA, Room 111.

Season tickets are now on sale for $15 per performance at the UNLV Performing Arts Center box office, conveniently located on the northeast end of campus attached to the south face of the parking garage. Maps and directions are available online. Individual show tickets also may be purchased for $18 over the phone by calling (702) 895-ARTS (2787) or online at the PAC box office website. Discount tickets are available to seniors, military members, all students, UNLV faculty and staff, and UNLV alumni. Discounted season tickets are priced at $8 per performance and individual performance tickets are available for $10.

Also:

Oct. 6: Louis Kavouras will present excerpts from Erick Hawkins' work "Plains Daybreak" as part of the Barrick Museum Celebration of the Arts event. The department of dance also will present a movement improvisation at this event.

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