November 12, 2004
For More Information, Contact: Kimberly Stark (901) 333-4023
DANCE WORKS HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA ENCOMPASSES A GAMUT OF BALLET TALES
AT SOUTHWEST DECEMBER 10
Release written by Pat O’Brien
Dance Works, Southwest’s resident ballet company and school, will offer
an exciting range of topics December 10 in its Holiday performance at
the College’s theater on the Union Campus Avenue at Manassas and Union.
Students ages 4 to 22 will collaborate with local and international
musicians and dancers to present a divertissement of ballet and free
movement compositions, along with original and traditional ballets and
Students Work and Dances will feature students from all levels of
the program, accompanied by resident pianists Diana Stein Kabakoff, John
Palmer, Matthew Sutton and Blair Seymour and choreographed by Dance
Works executive director Karen J. Zissoff.
Sisterhood of Dreams (Women’s Tales from the Great Depression),
choreographed by international guest artist Judith Davies of Ottawa,
Canada, depicts family life in the depression with the influence of
great modern dance pioneer Martha Graham and her approach to movement.
The music, Aaron Copeland’s Sonata for Piano and Violin,
performed by pianist Lyn Joyner and violinist Kate Ryan. Davies has also
set Sleeping Beauty’s “Pas de Trios,” with variations; music by
Tchaikovsky, with pianist Matthew Sutton.
Spanish Jazz Piece, written and performed by Jeremy Shrader on
percussion and guitar, will feature local jazz choreographer Krysten
Carl, her first jazz work with Dance Works.
Grade I-II junior students have created a piece to Spanish composer
Joaquin Nin Culmell – Tonadas – from their creative movement
composition class. Kabakoff accompanies; Zissoff has guided this piece.
Curtain time is 7 p.m.; admission is $10 adults, $6 children and
students with ID. Reservations are required; call (901) 333-5174. Dance
Works is in its seventeenth season; its eleventh since moving to
Southwest. It is sponsored in part by the Greater Memphis Arts Council,
Tennessee Arts Commission, and Southwest, offering scholarships to dance