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George Mason University’s School of Dance Announces 2015 Mason Dance Company Gala Concert

February 3, 2015
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George Mason University’s School of Dance

Announces 2015 Mason Dance Company Gala Concert

 

FAIRFAX and MANASSAS, Va., Feb. 3, 2015 – George Mason University’s Dance Company presents its 2015 Dance Gala Concert, which comes to George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax on Friday, March 27 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, March 28 at 8 p.m. with a special pre-performance Gala Dinner Celebration on March 28 with the Gala Concert’s honorary chair, renowned dancer and choreographer Jacques d’Amboise. For the first time ever, the Gala Concert will also be performed at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas on Sunday, March 29 at 4 p.m.

This eagerly anticipated annual event showcases an extraordinary repertory company of dancers at the beginning of their professional careers, performing a program of contemporary choreographic masterpieces. Recent alumni of the Mason Dance Company have been invited to join some of the world’s most prestigious dance companies, including Mark Morris Dance Group, Limón Dance, Elisa Monte Dance and Pascal Rioult’s company, RIOULT.

The program includes an exhilarating piece titled “Pupil Suite” by Andrea Miller set to music of the Israeli band Balkan Beat Box, and the sophisticated partnering of Alejandro Cerrudo's “Lickety Split,” set to the music of singer-songwriter Devendra Banhart. Ulysses Dove’s profound “Vespers” will close the performance. Technically demanding and intensely driven, this work showcases the strength and poise of the Mason dancers.

Tickets for the performance alone are $25 for adults, and $15 for seniors and Mason students. To purchase tickets, please visit cfa.gmu.edu, call 888-945-2468 or visit the Center for the Arts ticket office, open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Tickets for the Gala Concert and Dinner on March 28 start at $150 per person. For information regarding Gala sponsorships or tickets for the Gala Dinner Celebration, please contact Kara Huneycutt at (703) 993-4749 or khuneycu@gmu.edu.

For more information about George Mason University’s School of Dance, please call (703) 993-1114 or visit dance.gmu.edu. Like George Mason University School of Dance on Facebook and follow on Twitter at @GMUDance.

 

 

About the Choreographers

 

Andrea Miller is the founder, artistic director and choreographer of the New York-based company Gallim Dance. She is the recipient of a 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship, Sadler’s Wells Jerwood Fellowships, Princess Grace Foundation Awards and Fellowships and a New York City Center Choreography Fellowship; she is also a Joyce Theater Artist in Residence and has been named one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch.” Miller has been commissioned by Nederlands Dans Theater 2, Ballet Bern and Phantom Limb Company for Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival. Her commercial and art direction work includes an installation for Hermès in Paris, movement work for VOGUE Diaries, choreography for the 2014 film “The Life and Death of Mick Rock” with original music by The Flaming Lips and an installation for Fabergé.

 

Alejandro Cerrudo has been associated with Hubbard Street Dance since 2005, having previously danced with Victor Ullate Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet and Nederlands Dans Theater 2. He became Hubbard Street Dance’s first-ever resident choreographer in 2009, creating several works for the company, including for Hubbard Street Dance’s collaborations with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Nederlands Dans Theater. Cerrudo received a Hubbard Street Choreographic Fellowship in 2008 and an award from the Boomerang Fund for Artists in 2011.

 

Ulysses Dove began his professional career with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, where he quickly ascended to the role of principal dancer; he also appeared in the companies of Merce Cunningham and Mary Anthony, and in Anna Sokolow’s “Rooms.” Dove was encouraged by Alvin Ailey to explore choreography, and made his professional choreographic debut in 1979 with “I See The Moon … and The Moon Sees Me,” followed by “Inside,” a solo for Judith Jamison. Dove was the assistant director of the Groupe de recherche choréographique de l’Opéra de Paris before becoming a freelance choreographer, creating works for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Dutch National Ballet, Basel Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Ballet West, Pacific Northwest Ballet, London Festival Ballet and others. Hailed by The New York Times as a “choreographer with a bold new voice,” Dove was the recipient of two National Endowment of the Arts choreographic grants, a Bessie Award and a primetime Emmy Award for Best Choreography for PBS’s “Dance in America” special, “Two by Dove.” Dove passed away on June 11, 1996 and his brother, Alfred Dove, maintains his balletic estate.

 

 

Gala Concert and Dinner Schedule

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Reception: 5:30 p.m.

Dinner & Program: 6:00 p.m.

Gala Performance: 8:00 p.m.

Meet the Mason Dance Company and champagne toast: following the performance

 

School of Dance Partnership Council

LuAnn Bennett, Gala Dinner Co-Chair

Victoria N. Salmon, Gala Dinner Co-Chair

Mary Frances Bartemes

Gary Bottorff

Michael Brown

Dianne Dulicai

Lloyd Griffiths

Donna Kidd

Russell Lamb

Evans Mandes

Trish Mandes

Carol Mattusch

 

About George Mason University’s School of Dance

Strong dance technique, intensive theory, guest artist residencies, abundant performance opportunities – these are the trademarks of our degree. The School of Dance at Mason is increasingly acknowledged as one of the premier institutions offering professional preparation for a career in dance as a performer, teacher, creative artist or administrator. Rigorous conservatory training combined with a liberal arts education provides the perfect setting for developing young artists.

 

About George Mason University

George Mason University is Virginia’s largest public research university. Located near Washington, D.C., Mason enrolls more than 33,000 students from 130 countries and all 50 states. Mason has grown rapidly over the past half-century and is recognized for its innovation and entrepreneurship, remarkable diversity and commitment to accessibility. Mason is also one of the best values in higher education, producing graduates who lead all Virginia schools with the highest annual salaries.