Apr 6, 2006    #052
Contact: Wandra Brooks Green

Conservatory dancers perform in honor of Centennial

The UMKC Conservatory Dance Division will present two special concerts celebrating the Conservatory’s 100th Anniversary on April 7th and April 8th at 7:30 p.m. in White Hall at the Performing Arts Center. There will be a reception following the April 7th performance in the Performing Arts Center lobby.

The program includes Michael Fokine’s Les Sylphides, Paul Taylor’s Aureole, George Balanchine’s Serenade, two new pieces by Dance Division assistant professors Sabrina Madison-Cannon and Rodni Williams, and a solo dance by visiting guest professor and alumna Jennifer Medina.

Les Sylphides is a suite of dances set in a moonlit park, creating a romantic mood despite the absence of a plot. It was first performed at the Conservatory under the direction of Professor Emerita Miss Tatiana Dokoudovska in the 1950s. Dokoudovska also founded the Kansas City Ballet in 1957 and was an avid choreographer for such area institutions as the Lyric Opera of Kansas City and the Kansas City Philharmonic. Les Sylphides is set to the music of Frederic Chopin and was choreographed around the turn of the 20th century by Michael Fokine.

Aureole was a significant work in creating the amicable partnership between ballet and modern dance in the 1950s. Choreographer Paul Taylor chose to set Aureole to the music of Handel.

George Balanchine’s Serenade is named after the music to which it is set, Tchaikovsky’s Serenade in C Major for String Orchestra. This performance of Serenade will feature one of the four movements and is Balanchine’s first ballet created in America.

The performance of Aureole has been made possible by the Carlsen Center, under the artistic direction of Charles Rogers, and the Carlsen Center ARTSEducation, under the direction of Angel Mercier, at Johnson County Community College as recognition of the outstanding relationship between the Conservatory Dance Program and the Carlsen Center. Additional funding has been provided by the Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation to promote partnerships in the local dance community.

Tickets cost $8, seniors $6, and students FREE with 24-hour advance reservation. For tickets, call the Central Ticket Office at (816) 235-6222. Order tickets online at People with speech or hearing impairments may call Relay Missouri at (800) 735-2966 (TT) or (800) 735-2466 (voice).

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a three-part mission: visual and performing arts, health sciences, and urban affairs.

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This information is available to people with speech or hearing impairments by calling Relay Missouri at (800) 735-2966 (TT) or (800) 735-2466 (voice).


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