HAYS - Dance then, wherever you may be. A night of progressive, cutting-edge works will be presented by the North Carolina Dance Theatre for one performance as part of the Fort Hays State University Encore Series. The production begins at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 26, in the FHSU Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center.
According to Carol Brock, coordinator of student activities and special events, "The company will perform a Repertory Program which embraces the humor, finesse and fun of dance."
The numbers the company will perform include the following:
"Who Cares" is a famous collaboration between two 20th century musical geniuses--George Gershwin and George Balanchine. Choreographed in 1970 for Patricia McBride and Jacques d'Amboise, "Who Cares" is a classical ballet set to Broadway show tunes of Gershwin, including "Strike Up the Band," "Somebody Loves Me," "Embraceable You" and "Fascinatin� Rhythm."
"Esplanade," choreographed by Paul Taylor, is set to violin music by J.S. Bach. Taylor translates movements like walking, running, jumping and skipping into a dance vocabulary all his own. The Washington Post describes "Esplanade" as "one of the truly great dance works of this or any other century."
David Parson's "Envelope" adds an element of fun with a dance that involved the chasing of envelopes around the stage. According to Brock, "This witty and crowd-pleasing dance rounds out a great night of dance."
The North Carolina Dance Theatre has established itself as one of America's premier dance companies. Founded in 1970 by Robert Lindgren at North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, Dance Theatre is currently led by internationally acclaimed artistic director Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux with Patricia McBride and Jerri Kumery serving as associate artistic directors. With performances ranging from full-length classical ballets to bold contemporary works, the North Carolina Dance Theatre has become one of America's most successful dance companies.
Tickets for the North Carolina Dance Theatre concert will be available beginning Jan. 12, at the Student Service Center in the FHSU Memorial Union, (785) 628-5306. Reserved seat tickets are $16-general public, $14-senior citizens and children 18 and under, $12-FHSU students. The unreserved tickets are $12-general public, $10-senior citizens and children 18 and under, $7-FHSU students. For additional information, please call the Student Service Center at the number above or Brock at (785) 628-5801.