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Zenon to perform in fall dance concert Dec. 2, 3

Faculty, guest artist choreography to be featured Dec. 2, 3.

2011-12-05
Minnesota State Mankato Department of Theatre & Dance News Release [11-23-11]

In addition to pieces choreographed by faculty members Julie Kerr-Berry and Daniel Stark, this year’s Fall Dance Concert will feature a work choreographed by Andreas Guest Artist Jeffrey Peterson and a few presented by Zenon Dance Company of Minneapolis.

The Fall Dance Concert will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, and 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, in Ted Paul Theatre of the Earley Center for Performing Arts.

Peterson will premiere a new work danced by nine Minnesota State University dancers. He creates choreography with the aim to connect with audiences through avenues both intellectual and kinesthetic, while maintaining accessibility and entertainment value. Peterson holds an MFA in dance from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and a BFA in Dance from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. He currently teaches at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter.

Zenon Dance Company, one of the nation’s premier repertory dance companies, entertains audiences with a rare and dynamic blend of modern and jazz. Zenon continually redefines and pushes dance standards in Minnesota through emerging choreographers as well as internationally renowned masters.

One of Stark’s pieces, “Crash,” looks into the memory of a man and his relationship with a woman after he gets into a car crash. The dance shows how our memory gets fuzzy and even though people don’t always remember things in the right order, they are still there in memory.

Tickets for the Fall Dance Concert can be purchased online at http://www.mnsu.edu/dance/ or http://www.mnsu.edu/theatre/ or by calling or visiting the Theatre & Dance Box Office in the lobby of the Earley Center for Performing Arts between 4 and 6 p.m., Monday-Friday. Call 507-389-6661. Cost is $9 regular, $8 discount (senior citizens, youth or groups of 15 or more) and $7 for current Minnesota State Mankato students.

In addition to this concert, a Student Showcase Concert featuring works choreographed by current Minnesota State students will be presented at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4. Tickets are $5 and available at the door only.

Zenon Dance Company appears courtesy of a grant from the Arts Tour Minnesota program which is awarded by the Minnesota State Arts Board with money from the Minnesota Arts and Culture Heritage Fund. The Arts Tour Minnesota program is designed to give Minnesotans greater access to high-quality artists and arts organizations, regardless of geography. Grants support touring performances, exhibitions, and other related arts activities throughout the state.

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