ST. PAUL — TU Dance founders Toni Pierce-Sands and Uri Sands have much to celebrate as their company opens its 10th anniversary season with opening concerts on Friday, Nov. 15, and Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013 at 2 p.m. at The Cowles Center for Dance and The Performing Arts Goodale Theater, 528 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403.
The program features world premiere works by New York choreographers Dwight Rhoden and Gregory Dolbashian; the Minnesota premier of Alonzo King’s evocative and shimmering duet Rasa, set to an original score by tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain; and signature work by TU Dance’s own Uri Sands. Company members include Berit Ahlgren, Darwin Black, Kendra Dennard, Hassan Ingraham, Alanna Morris-Van Tassel, David Rue, Duncan Schultz, Katelyn Skelley and Elayna Waxse.
The program especially reflects Toni and Uri’s vision for TU Dance, grounded by Uri’s own signature choreography while also reaching out to new work by renowned voices in dance. Featured are premieres by three celebrated choreographers: the Minnesota premiere of Alonzo King’s evocative and shimmering duet Rasa (2007, Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet, San Francisco) set to an original score by tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain; a world premiere work by Dwight Rhoden, artistic director of Complexions Contemporary Ballet (New York); and “Keep the Edges Wild,” a new commission from New York choreographer Gregory Dolbashian, exploring “a world where great courage and concentration is supported by an uninhibited imagination.” Rounding out the program is Uri Sands’ own January (Part 2), a full-company work examining our perpetual state of transition.
Founded in 2004 by Toni-Pierce Sands and Uri Sands, TU Dance has garnered audience and critical acclaim for its diverse repertory, versatile artists, and for performances that are engaging, dynamic and generous. Modern dance, classical ballet, African based and urban vernacular movements are combined in inventive and unpredictable ways to provide opportunities to experience the connective power of dance.
In its 10 year history, TU Dance has consistently performed to enthusiastic and sold out audiences, including the 1,900-seat Ordway Performing Arts Center in Saint Paul. The company has also enjoyed local and national recognition, including StarTribune’s Artists of the Year, the inaugural Princess Grace Award in Choreography, DANCE Magazine’s “25 to Watch,” City Pages’ 2011 Artists of the Year, and multiple Sage awards for outstanding performance. TU Dance was awarded the 2011 Sally Ordway Irvine Award for Initiative.
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