FEB. 27, 2002
CONTACT: Ward Mullens


YPSILANTI - Audiences can view the talent of Eastern Michigan University dance faculty members, guest artists and students March 8-10 in Quirk Theater. Performers will present "Realing! The 50th Annual Faculty and Guest Artist Dance Concert," featuring six original compositions of modern dance and classical ballet.

Performances are March 8 and 9, 8 p.m.; and March 10, 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $8 for EMU students with a current I.D. Tickets are available at the Quirk Theater Box Office (734.487.1221) or at EMU's Convocation Center (734.487.2282).

Compositions include the following:

•The premiere of See Saw Heard, by Julianne O'Brien Pedersen, professor of dance. A student trio explores the shifting balances among three archetypal characters to music by Beethoven.

•Power Shift, by Julianne O'Brien Pedersen and adjunct dance faculty member Timothy Smola. A medieval game of chess is illuminated with the music of Handel, Corelli and Bach to explore shifting powers and patterns.

•To Have and To Hold, by Sherry Jerome, professor of dance. Themes of longing, reaching and finding a relationship with another are explored to music by Vivaldi.

•Fairies Section, Act I, by Sherry Jerome, professor of dance. Fairy variations and finale from Jerome's Cinderella, an original full-length classical ballet presented at EMU in Dec. 2001. This new section was choreographed for this concert.

Guest artist presentations include:

•Pil-e-m-u, an original piece directed by Rebecca Jung, a former member of the Pilobolus Dance Company. Jung, who teaches institute workshops and residencies and performs in galas, benefits, school shows and special projects for Pilobolus, recently completed a weeklong residency at EMU.

•A Time to Love, created by Lourdes Bastos during a six-month residency at EMU. Bastos is an internationally known dancer and choreographer, whose work has been added to the dance collection of the New York Public Library at Lincoln Center. A Time to Love will join the library's collection in March. This new abstract modern dance is based upon deep emotion and set to the music of Samuel Barber.

For additional information, contact Julianne O'Brien Pedersen or Sherry Jerome at 734.487.0090. A portion of the concert proceeds will be donated to the Linda Crum Hemmelgarn Endowed Scholarship Fund.###