New Dances 2015

by Michelle Saport  |   

Photo credit: UAA/Jessica Pervier-Brown

Photo credit: UAA/Jessica Pervier-Brown

Show: New Dances 2015 Location: UAA Harper Studio Theatre (Fine Arts Building, Room 129) Show dates: April 3-12 Show times: Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 6 p.m.

Join us for the 10th Anniversary of New Dances! It has been our pleasure and privilege to premiere all new and all original choreography year after year. New Dances 2015 will be bursting to the edges of the stage in the UAA Harper Studio Theatre. This year's event features a company of 45 performers in nine dance premieres.

Celebrated performer, choreographer and educator Katherine Kramer has created a new work titled "Bubbles" for eight members of UAA Dance Ensemble. Kramer has built a long-standing career performing as a jazz tap dancer and musician, collaborating with many of the finest in both genres and specializing in coaching dancers in musicality and musicians in physicality. A former faculty member of UAA Theatre and Dance, Kramer continues to teach and create work internationally. For the premiere of "Bubbles," Kramer focuses on body percussion techniques to lead the performer's movement vocabulary. Dancers utilize their bodies as percussion instruments with thigh slapping, hand clapping and foot thumping, while navigating their way through complex and dynamic beats. Kramer also evokes images of times past in another premiere, "Simple Pleasures," featuring six tap dancers enjoying friendship, the clarity of a single note, laughter and the spaces between interactions that are all worthy of celebration.

UAA Department of Theatre and Dance faculty Brian Jeffery spins his new work, "Correlation," on the members of UAA Dance Ensemble. "Correlation" is punctuated by dynamic partnering interactions and sketches of movement that challenge the boundaries of the performance space to the slick electronic sounds of Apparat.

UAA Department of Theatre and Dance will present "Bubbles" and "Correlation" by these two veteran choreographers along with the debut of seven other original pieces by UAA Dance Program faculty, students and local choreographers as part of New Dances 2015. Forty-five performers will have the stage bursting at the seams as they showcase diversity in both choreographic styles and ideas in these nine eclectic dance premieres.

Adjunct faculty Melissa Jabaay offers "Genuine Personality" a performance full of serious fun and clever surprises as all aspects of peculiarities and awkwardness are embraced. Gabe Harvey, director of Underground Dance Company, premieres another of his always-popular dances, "Perception of Hip-Hop." Additional work by Dance Program outstanding student choreographers will include Racin Engstrom's "Entropy," Crystal Dosser's "i..solat..i..on," Katie O'Loughlin's "Audio Cephalous" and local choreographer Breezy Berryman's "Split/Divide."

Tickets are $15 for general admission and $12 for UAA students. All tickets are general seating. Tickets are available at or by calling the UAA Fine Arts Box Office at (907) 786-4TIX. 

Note: Seating is very limited for this popular event. Please reserve your tickets in advance.


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