ST. GEORGE – On Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Dixie State University Community Education will host the sixth annual Contemporary Dance Concert at the Eccles Mainstage Theater on the DSU campus.
In the past, this innovative evening of modern dance was held at the Tanner Amphitheater in Springdale near the entrance to Zion National Park. This year, the venue is being moved to St. George, primarily due its increase in popularity by both audience members and participants. Tickets cost $5 and can be purchased online, by calling 435-652-7800 or at the door.
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The Contemporary Dance Concert will showcase 11 choreographers and 45 dancers from the area.
“The purpose of the concert is to foster stability and unity in our local dance community bringing together dancers, dance schools and choreographers who have a love for contemporary movement and to provide a venue for these dancers to perform,” said Summer Belnap Robertson, artistic director for the St. George Dance Company and concert coordinator.
The choreographers come from a range of backgrounds, which is evident in their works. Denise Purvis, a dance faculty member of Southern Utah University, will present a duet to musical storyteller Nina Simone’s songs “Ne Me Quitte Pas,” “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” and “You’ve Got to Learn.”
Katherine Call, an adjunct dance faculty member at DSU, created a piece on colleague Jennie Jones entitled “Darlene” which is a portrait essay in movement. It is accompanied with narration of her journal entries from her church mission in Oklahoma. Other choreographers participating include Michelle Brown, Chauntelle Lewis, Anna Lloyd, Shay Myers, Micadyn Sanders, Amber Shakespeare, Rebekah Wainright and Lacey Wallis.
Event details and contact information
Date: June 14 – 15
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Eccles Mainstage Theater, DSU campus
Contact: Summer Belnap Robertson – 435-773-1221
Submitted by: Summer Belnap Robertson
Email: [email protected]