All Dance Series (2011-12 Season)

Series Prices: $380.00, $314.00, $191.00 for 11 events | ORDER

Kings of Salsa - Canceled

  • October 1, 2011

Concert Hall

Owing to international travel delays, the cast of the Kings of Salsa is unable to get to the United States in time to perform at the Center for the Arts and the Hylton Center this weekend, and these shows have been canceled.  Unfortunately, their tour schedule does not allow for us to reschedule the performances.

Martha Graham Dance Company

  • October 21, 2011 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

Described by The Washington Post as “one of the seven wonders of the artistic universe” and by The New York Times as “one of the great companies of the world,” Martha Graham Dance Company is one of the oldest and most celebrated contemporary dance companies on the planet. Since it was formed more than eight decades ago by modern dance pioneer Martha Graham, it has produced groundbreaking works that continue to inspire generations of choreographers and captivate audiences. Choreographer and dancer Graham revolutionized dance by expanding the vocabulary of movement and using new, unorthodox techniques to communicate emotional and spiritual themes. Committed to preserving the founder’s legacy, this extraordinary company showcases both masterpieces and newly commissioned works. Featured on this program is Graham’s innovative modern dance masterwork, Appalachian Spring, for which she commissioned Aaron Copland to provide the score. The program also includes Lamentation Variations and Prelude and Revolt which includes a special performance of Graham's Panorama danced by the Mason Dance Company. “[Graham’s choreography] remains a true, living American document.” (The New York Times)

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$44, $36, $22

Compańia Flamenca José Porcel: Gypsy Fire

  • October 28, 2011 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

Gypsy Fire

“Evocative and exciting” (Las Vegas Review-Journal) Spain’s premiere flamenco dancer and choreographer, José Porcel, and his company of gifted dancers and musicians dazzle audiences with an explosion of passionate rhythms, powerful movement, vibrant colors, and breathtaking choreography. In his new production, Gypsy Fire, Porcel presents the purest, oldest, and most fiery forms of flamenco. Porcel has been dancing Andalusian folkloric dances and flamenco since the age of 13, and has spent his life studying in Madrid with the masters of the craft.  Now he brings his extraordinary company to the Center for the Arts to share the customs, the culture, the art and, most of all, the passion of the gypsy people. “Exceptionally well-trained dancers…crisp technique and rhythmically solid.” (The Washington Post)

$44, $36, $22

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Pilobolus Dance Company

  • November 4, 2011 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

Celebrating 40 years of making dance audiences smile, Pilobolus performs an inventive program that features daring physicality, breathtaking gracefulness, and ingenious wit. This award-winning modern dance ensemble is celebrated for its innovative choreography, eye-popping theatrics, and movement so visually striking that it is “closer to sculpture than dance.” (Newsweek) Formed in 1971 to explore an alternative form of contemporary dance, this pioneering company quickly became known for its imaginative choreography and athletic movements. This innovative company has been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show, the Conan O'Brien Show, the Academy Awards, and most recently on America's Got Talent. “A new dance genre.” (Philadelphia Daily News) “Grace meets physical agility to create movement that is as lyrical as it is astonishing,” says the Sunday Oregonian.

Click here to view Pilobolus' YouTube Channel which hosts several videos of this dynamic group.

See Pilobolus in action on a recent episode of NBC's America's Got Talent.

Web Site

$44, $36, $22

National Acrobats of The People’s Republic of China: Direct from Beijing

  • November 18, 2011 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

Direct from Beijing

Audiences alternately gasp, laugh, and hold their breath as they watch the astounding demonstration of flexibility, agility, and talent of these extraordinary acrobats. For more than 50 years, these amazing artists have traveled the world, executing daring feats with common objects such as tables, chairs, ladders, poles, bowls, and plates accompanied by traditional Chinese music. Centuries ago, performers in China combined their dramatic folk arts with their cultural roots, using common household objects as props, to create an acrobatic art wholly unique to their culture. In 1950, the government established the National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China to preserve and carry on this centuries-old art form, and it has since thrived both at home and now abroad. In its inaugural North American tour, this important cultural treasure—every bit as mesmerizing today as it was 3,000 years ago—is packed with fun for families of all ages!

$48, $40, $24

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River North Dance Chicago

  • January 27, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

“River North is easily the best of the many Chicago companies determined to preserve Broadway.” (Chicago Tribune) Founded in 1989 by four visionary dancers/choreographers, this jazz-based contemporary dance ensemble is known for its gifted and emotive dancers, electrifying music, and radiant and dramatic choreography. River North Dance Chicago has established itself as one of Chicago’s leading dance companies and one of the most popular national repertoire companies in the United States and abroad. Under the artistic directorship of Frank Chaves, this brilliant company embodies the true flavor of “Americana” by developing a diverse and eclectic repertoire of work by established and emerging American choreographers. “Jazz dance never looked so...funny, mystical, poignant, inexplicable, sexy.” (The Arizona Republic)

Pre-Performance Discussion: Frank Chaves, Artistic Director, River North Dance Chicago (Jan 27, 2012) Pre-Performance Discussion

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$42, $34, $21

Complexions Contemporary Ballet

  • February 17, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

This groundbreaking company mixes methods, styles, and cultures to create an entirely new and exciting form of dance. Audiences everywhere are captivated by their intensity, passion, technical brilliance, and ability to evoke deep emotion. Choreographer and artistic director Dwight Rhoden and artist-in-residence and artistic director Desmond Richardson are “two of the greatest virtuosos ever to emerge from Ailey land.” (The New York Times) The founders' appreciation for multiculturalism was the inspiration for this innovative company of brilliant classical and contemporary dancers. Committed to transcending cultural and artistic boundaries, they have not only brought their art to great stages of the world, but also to the popular entertainment world, like E! and the hit television show So You Think You Can Dance. “Beware: the energy and spirit of this dance company are contagious.” (Holland Dance Festival)

Pre-Performance Discussion: Jae Man Joo, Associate Artistic Dir., & Michael Moore, Company Mgr., from Complexions (Feb 17, 2012) Pre-Performance Discussion

$42, $34, $21

Ballet Folklórico De Antioquia, Colombia

  • March 3, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

There is a concert at the Patriot Center that begins at 8:00 PM, Saturday evening that may cause traffic delays & limited parking for those attending the Ballet Folklorico de Antioquia, Colombia performance.

This impacts most directly those patrons who park in Lot K.  Lot K is also heavily used by Patriot Center patrons.

We encourage you to plan to come to campus early.  Take this opportunity to enjoy the Pre-Performance Discussion at 7:15 PM featuring Lina Botero (a former dancer with the company) on Grand Tier III, or simply enjoy a pre-performance beverage from our concessions bars in the Concert Hall lobby.

Embarking on its first U.S. tour, this gifted ensemble shares the richness and diversity of the Colombian culture through its spectacular performances of dance and music. The performances feature authentic music, ritualistic dance, and physical theater accentuated with brilliantly-colored and scintillating costumes. Ballet Folklórico De Antioquia, Colombia is recognized for its elegance, excellence, and breathtaking artistry in folkloric music and dance as well as contemporary music and dance. Founded two decades ago by Albeiro Roldán Penagos, the ensemble promotes the richness and cultural identities of its homeland and was honored in 2008 with an invitation to represent Colombia at the Beijing Olympic Games. Don’t miss the stunning beauty and intense passion of these amazing Colombian dancers!

Pre-Performance Discussion: Lina Botero, PR & Marketing Director, Former Dancer, Ballet Folklorico (Mar 3, 2012) Pre-Performance Discussion

$46, $38, $23

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Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet

  • March 10, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

This cutting-edge New York-based company explores the infinite possibilities found in the marriage of movement and multimedia. Their daring, athletic movements and integration of classical ballet with contemporary and popular dance forms has garnered this 16-member ensemble a great deal of attention. “Dancing that pulls viewers right out of their seats,” raves The New York Times. The Artistic Director Benoit-Swan Pouffer—celebrated dancer/choreographer and installation artist—has commissioned emerging contemporary choreographers, like Crystal Pite, Jacopo Godani, and Edwaard Liang, to create groundbreaking new works. This wide-ranging spectrum of repertory has helped to distinguish this unique company, which was founded in 2003, as an important, new creative force. “Cedar Lake’s dancers go from zero to 60 with an ease you or I cannot fathom.” (The New York Times)

Pre-Performance Discussion: Benoit Swan, Cedar Lake Dance Company (Mar 10, 2012) Pre-Performance Discussion

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$42, $34, $21

Moscow Festival Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty

  • April 13, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

The Sleeping Beauty

Audiences are transported to a world of fairy tale princesses, malevolent witches, storybook kingdoms, and true love’s kiss in this most cherished ballet. Considered the crowning jewel of Petipa’s career, The Sleeping Beauty is the magical tale of a beautiful princess who waits in slumber to be awakened by the kiss of her prince. Opulent costumes and sets, Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score—which he thought was perhaps his best piece of music—and the elegant movements of these extraordinary dancers result in an evening of breathtaking artistry. Wishing to bring together the best of Russian ballet, Sergei Radchenko, legendary principal dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet, founded this esteemed company of leading Russian dancers in 1989. “The dancers of the Moscow Festival Ballet spoke to the soul through the body.” (Post and Courier)

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Pre-Performance Discussion: Member(s) of the Company (Apr 13, 2012) Pre-Performance Discussion

$54, $46, $27

Moscow Festival Ballet: Cinderella

  • April 14, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Concert Hall

Cinderella

The timeless fairy tale ballet comes to the Center this season to delight the young and not so young alike. Its exquisite costumes, lush scenery, comical evil stepsisters and, of course, Prokofiev’s exuberant score make this one of the most beloved ballets of all time. The jubilant production is the work of one of Russia’s most esteemed ballet companies. “This was an afternoon that deserved ‘bravos’ within minutes of the opening steps.” (Las Vegas Review-Journal) Sergei Radchenko, legendary principal dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet, founded the company in 1989 to create an ensemble that would bring together the highest classical elements of the great Bolshoi and Kirov Ballet companies. Under his direction, leading dancers from across Russia now stage exciting new productions of timeless classics.

View our Mason Student Ticket Policy.

Pre-Performance Discussion: Member(s) of the Company (Apr 14, 2012) Pre-Performance Discussion

$54, $46, $27