Danceworks - Celebrating African American Choreographers and Themes

The Dance Division of the Department of Theatre and Dance at Montclair State University presents Danceworks 2010 from April 7 to 11 in the Alexander Kasser Theater as part of Peak Performances @ Montclair. These performances, under the artistic direction of Lori Katterhenry and Nancy Lushington, celebrate African American choreographers and themes featuring students from the Montclair State dance program.

Works selected for this unique program include Games by renowned choreographer Donald McKayle, Helen Tamiris’ poignant Negro Spirituals, Bushasche Etude by Pearl Primus, Robert Battle’s unique Arbitrary Intersection, Thin Line…the journey between creativity and madness by Jay T. Jenkins and “Stomp Dance” an excerpt from Bitter Tongue by Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Artistic Director of the Urban Bush Women.

Of special note is Marino, a piece conceived and choreographed by Montclair State students Carlos Gonzalez and Lisa Greenberg. Out of a field of 50 dances presented at the Northeast Regional American College Dance Festival, Marino was one of two selected for performance at the national festival held at the Kennedy Center in May 2010.

Special Notes
There will be a panel discussion following the April 9th performance: What is “African-American choreography?”

On April 10, join special guest Robert Battle for a post-show discussion.

Tickets for Danceworks 2010 are only $15 and may be purchased at the Alexander Kasser Theater box office, by phone at 973-655-5112, or on the Web at www.peakperfs.org. There is no charge for Montclair State University undergraduate students with Valid ID. Please arrive at least 30 minutes before curtain to claim your PAF ticket.

Performance Dates and Times
April 7, 8, 9 at 7:30 p.m
April 10 at 8:00 p.m.
April 11 at 2:00 p.m.

Media Contact:
Paula Maliandi, Executive Director of Communications
Montclair State University
Paula.Maliandi@montclair.edu
973-655-4333

Released: March 15, 2010