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August 29, 2013
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FAIRFAX, Va., Aug. 29, 2013 – Lar Lubovitch, hailed by The New York Times as “one of the 10 best choreographers in the world,” has been creating breathtaking dance for audiences across the globe for the past 45 years. His stellar troupe, Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, returns to George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax with an exquisite evening of contemporary dance on Friday, Oct. 25, 2013 at 8 p.m. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticketholders, begins 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III, and is sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts.

            Called “a national treasure” by Variety, Lar Lubovitch Dance Company performs pieces by this celebrated choreographer, renowned for his works of stunning lyricism, radiant style and sophisticated formal structures. The program for this evening includes 2011’s “Crisis Variations,” a work that earned Lubovitch the 20th annual prize for Best Choreography by the Prix Benois de la Danse at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow (the first leader of an American dance company to receive this prestigious honor); 2012’s “Transparent Things,” a work inspired by Picasso’s 1905 painting “Family of Saltimbanques”; and the Washington, D.C. area premiere of 2013’s “Vez,” a reimagining of Lubovitch’s 1989 work “Fandango,” performed with a newly commissioned score by Randall Woolf.

            “Lubovitch’s choreography shines … highlighting its organic shapes, detailed-filled construction and sheer beauty,” raves Dance Magazine about Lar Lubovitch, who founded his legendary dance company in 1968. The Chicago-born choreographer received his training at the Juilliard School of the Arts, where he studied with such giants of the dance world as Martha Graham, José Limón, Anna Sokolow and Antony Tudor. After completing his studies, Lubovitch spent the next several years dancing in numerous modern, ballet, jazz and ethnic dance companies. In addition to choreographing more than 100 dances for his own company, Lubovitch did the musical staging for Sondheim’s “Into the Woods,” for which he received a Tony nomination; he also choreographed the Broadway show, “The Red Shoes,” for which he received the 1993-1994 Astaire Award. In addition to his work for stage, screen and television, Lubovitch has also created ice dances for Olympic gold medalists John Curry, Peggy Fleming and Dorothy Hamill. In 2007, Lubovitch founded the Chicago Dancing Festival, which presents free performances by leading American dance companies at venues in his native Chicago; the festival now reaches more than 15,000 audience members annually. In 2011, Lubovitch was named a Ford Fellow by United States Artists and received the Dance/USA Honors, one of the dance field’s highest awards.

The New York-based Lar Lubovitch Dance Company has performed in nearly every U.S. state and in more than 30 countries across the globe since its founding 45 years ago. This talented corps of dancers has been the recipient of countless awards and grants throughout the years, including those by the National Endowment of the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts and the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Fund.


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Tickets for LAR LUBOVITCH DANCE COMPANY are $46, $38 and $23. Youth Discount: tickets are half price for youth through grade 12. Visit the box office (open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) or charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit The Center for the Arts complex is located on George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the Mason Pond Parking Deck adjacent the Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university Lot K. For more information, please visit Like us on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter at @GMU_CFA.


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Great Performances at Mason is a program of George Mason University's Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA). CVPA provides an academic environment in which the arts are explored as individual disciplines and interdisciplinary forms that strengthen one another. The college prepares students for careers as creators, performers, teachers, scholars, arts leaders and arts entrepreneurs. Understanding that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the college, welcomes a variety of professional and world-renowned artists, musicians and actors to its stage. Students have the opportunity to perform, create and exhibit their work in a wide variety of public venues including a 2,000-seat Concert Hall. CVPA is home to the Schools of Music, Dance, Art and Theater, as well as the Computer Game Design, Arts Management and Film and Video Studies programs.


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