Jan. 7, 2003
CONTACT: Ward Mullens

EMU Dance Concert Celebrates Freedom of Expression Jan. 17-19

Ypsilanti - Danceorations!, a dance concert celebrating freedom of expression, will be presented Jan. 17-29 as part of EMU's week-long celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Danceorations! will feature a variety of dance styles and is dedicated to Mohammed Khordadian, an Iranian-born American dancer currently under house arrest in Iran for teaching dance classes.

Performances are Jan. 17-18, 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Jan. 19, 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $8 for EMU students with a current I.D. Tikets are on sale at the Quirk Theatre Box Office, 734.487.1221.

Compositions will include:

Captured Moment, by Sherry Jerome, professor of dance. A ballet for three dancers based upon the paintings of Degas, in honor of the Detroit Institute of the Arts Degas and the Dance exhibit. Music by Ravel.

The premiere of Interfuse, by Joann McNamara, professor of dance. Inspired by photographer David Leventhal's Barbie collection, this modern dance explores the interfusion of cultural influences upon women.

What happens when a choreographer takes her facorite dances and combines them? See what happens with New Steps Forward, Two Steps Bach, by Julianne O'Brien Pedersen, professor of dance.

Guest artist presentations will include:

O'Brien Pedersen's Losing Sleep will be performed by the MoreDances Contemporary Dance Company, of Troy, Mich. Losing Sleep takes a humorous look at rying to fall asleep.

Steam Heat, an original poiece by Lisa Catrett-Belrose to music of the same title.

Passages, choreographed by Ruth Leney-Midkiff to music by Capercailli, Marshall and Holland Sileas. The dance is based upon an odyssey, prevalent in Celtic folklore.

Unrequited, choreographed by Francesca Pileci to music by Philip Glass and the Kronos Quartet. This modern dance explores life, love and passion in an unreciprocating world.

Regeneration: From the Darkness, choreographed by Michael Woodbury-Means to music by Zap Mama. This modern dance explores the transofrmation of suffering and one's triumph over darkness.

For additional information, contact Joann McNamara, Julianne O'Brien Pedersen or Sherry Jerome at 734.487.0090.