The UC Riverside Department of Dance Showcases Original Choreography: UCR is Dancing 2011
RIVERSIDE, CA – The UC Riverside Department of Dance Showcases Original Choreography: UCR is Dancing 2011
March 3 & 4, Thursday & Friday, 8:00pm
March 5 Saturday, 5:00pm
UC Riverside University Theatre
Under the artistic direction of Visiting Assistant Professor Joel Smith, fourteen undergraduate dance majors will present original choreography that reflects five quarters of study in dance composition. The students have been working with distinguished faculty and guest artists Susan Rose, Wendy Rogers and Neil Greenberg since the fall of 2009, and will be guided to the stage by LA-based choreographer and director Joel Smith.
The choreographers of 2011 are focusing conceptually on a variety of choreographic structures and themes, specifically challenging conventional notions of dance-making, examining political ideologies, and delving deep into emotional spheres of heart ache, loneliness, friendship, racism, and tragedy.
UCR is Dancing allows the viewer to gain insight into the labor and dedication required to compose dances and is a forum to educate and entertain students and members of the Riverside community.
The choreographers include: Bryanna Forinash, Sandra Schmid, Alfonso Cervera, Luis Lopez-Maldonado, Brooke Rafferty, Gina Lee, Latasha Johnson, Lilly Jimoh, Renee Rotberg, Amanda Alvarado, Yanelly Jimenez, Alexander Gabrielli and Rachel Holt.
Artistic Director Joel Smith received his Master of Fine Arts degree in experimental choreography from UC Riverside in 2004. Based in Los Angeles, he is the co-artistic director of casebolt and smith, a duet dance theater company, with artistic partner Liz Casebolt. Withcasebolt and smith his performances around the country and abroad include: Joyce SoHo New York City; Southern Theater Minneapolis; Vancouver International Dance Festival Canada; Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival Belfast, Northern Ireland; Dance Theater of Ireland Dublin; Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego; CounterPulse San Francisco; and at Highways Performance Space Los Angeles. Joel has danced on film and television, worked with pop stars Ricky Martin and Thalia, and appeared in two national commercials. He is also on faculty at Scripps College, UCLA, Rio Hondo College and El Camino College.
Advance Tickets: available at the University Theatre Fine Arts Ticket Office, Monday – Friday 10:00am 4:00pm
Walk-Up Tickets: available one hour before each performance.
Ticketmaster: (213) 480-3232, (714) 740-2000, www.ticketmaster.com