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Monday, April 24, 2000

Spring Dance Concert April 26, 28-29

SALISBURY, MD---A variety of dance styles will be highlighted when the Salisbury State University Dance Company celebrates its 40th anniversary during its annual Spring Concert on Wednesday, April 26, Friday, April 28, and Saturday, April 29. All performances are at 8 p.m. in SSU's Holloway Hall Auditorium.

"To celebrate our 40th anniversary, the one-hour program consists of nine dances featuring highlights from the past 10 years," said Dr. Victoria Hutchinson, the Dance Company's artistic director, who is also celebrating 10 years at SSU.

The opening work, "Can-Can a la Rizzo," which premiered at SSU in 1996, is a Parisian character dance, choreographed by internationally-known jazz teacher Bob Rizzo.

A contemporary ballet en pointe by resident dance faculty Mary Norton is a first for the company. The ballet, a quartet, is set to the music of Ottmar Liebert and Luna Negra.

Hutchinson presents four works that she has presented at SSU since 1990. "Hexentanz (Witch Dance), a recreation of a formative work from early 20th century dance history, uses fragments of the dance found on a 1929 sound film along with a 1933 German text. She performs the solo in collaboration with percussionist Tom Clark.

Also performed will be excerpts from the 1999 "Voices from Heaven," a modern dance set to liturgical and religiously- inspired choral works; "Mindscapes," which pulls together sections of different dances in an environmental suite; and "Never Seal," one section from the popular "Bushwhacker Suite," danced to a New Zealand ballad sung by Big Blow and the Bushwhackers.

Other featured dances include "Nikah," a fusion of hip-hop by graduate Carolyn Hitchcock; "Wounded," choreographed by senior Shannon Rae Zuchowski; and the company's closure, "Djomon (Dialogue of Drums)," set to the music of Liquid Didj, by guest choreographer Linda Hallman-Darr.

Tickets, $8 for adults, $6 seniors (62+) and teens, and free to youth under 12 are available in advance at the Guerrieri University Center Information Desk, and at 7:30 p.m. in the lobby of Holloway Hall on performance nights. Reservations are not required. For more information contact the SSU Information Desk at 410-543-6006.


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