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Dance Revolutions opens Dec.6 features works by Byrd, Jones, Shapiro & Smith, and Zane

Minneapolis, MN - University Dance Theatre's Dance Revolutions presents some of the most stunning work by celebrated American choreographers of the '80s and'90s: Donald Byrd, Bill T. Jones, Shapiro and Smith, and Arnie Zane. Dance Revolutions takes center stage December 6-9 at the Rarig Center's grand Whiting Proscenium Theatre on the University of Minnesota's West Bank campus. The program features four powerful pieces performed by students under the guidance of director Toni Pierce-Sands and Cowles Visiting Artists Rosalynde LeBlanc Loo, Germaul Barnes and Brian Harlan Brooks. Opening Thursday, December 6, Dance Revolutions continues December 7 and 8 nightly at 7:30pm and concludes on Sunday, December 9 with a 2:00 pm matinee performance. A question and answer session with special guest Donald Byrd and U of M's Director of Dance Ananya Chatterjea immediately follows the opening night performance.

What can audiences expect? "An evening of engaging, inspired and breath-taking pieces by
masters of modern choreography," says Dance Revolutions director Toni Pierce-Sands, "Donald Byrd's finger popping, totally hip Jazz 1 (1997) with musical accompaniment by legendary Max Roach invites you in with its beat, then Shaprio and Smith's Family (1988) explores life in and around your living room's favorite armchair-- amusing, and touching. The evening concludes with Arnie Zanes' powerful The Gift/No God Logic (1987) paired with Bill T. Jones' joyous D-Man in the Waters, Part 1 (1989)." The four-part fully produced program has been shaped and set according to the rigorous standards of the original choreographic creators by their chosen professional representatives. Through these Visiting Cowles guest artists and their exacting attention to form, content and spirit, the piece is recreated. As these artists teach, choreograph, rehearse repertory and lecture in the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance and the Twin Cities community at large, the Cowles Land Grant Chair provides support.

For tickets and information about Dance Revolutions call the U of M Arts Ticket Office at 612-624-2345 or visit dance.umn.edu Customer parking is available at the 21st Ave Parking Ramp is located across the street from the Rarig Center, on the University of Minnesota West Bank Campus.

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