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Dance Department presents faculty concert

January 9, 2012

Take a break from winter to experience a vast and rich array of modern dance artistry as the Dance Department presents the first Arts Night Out event of the season, “Latitudes,” the annual faculty concert.

The concert runs Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 2-4, at 8 p.m., with a matinee showing on Sunday, Feb. 5 at 2:30 p.m., at the Margaret H’Doubler Performance Space, Lathrop Hall, 1050 University Ave.

Guest artist Guy Thorne returns to Madison after performing in Chris Walker’s “Dubwise” last year, a performance after which Isthmus critic Katie Reiser described Thorne as a “superstar” who is “huge on the stage by the sheer force of his talent.” Thorne will present his work “SELAH,” a phrase in Iyaric Rastafarian used to accentuate the magnitude and importance of what has been or is going to be said, essentially meaning, “Listen up! There’s something being said!”

And there is much in “Latitudes” to note: Works sweep from the divine to a palpable human disregard; bodies navigate tightly defined spaces without physical contact or deliver lush, lyric and athletic movement; and nurturing and an allegorical representation of the impact of the broken home is explored.

Faculty artists will cast a wide and diverse set of original contemporary dance works meant to pique our curiosity. Thorne’s piece is one of seven being presented. Others include a contemporary ballet work from the department’s newest faculty member, Assistant Professor Marlene Skog, as well as original works from Department Chair Li Chiao-Ping, Kate Corby, Karen McShane-Hellenbrand, Collette Stewart and Chris Walker.

Tickets for reserved seating, $18 for the general public and $10 for students and seniors, may be purchased in advance through the Campus Arts Ticketing Box Office at; by phone at 608-265-ARTS (265-2787); or in person at the Wisconsin Union Theater Box Office, 800 Langdon St. Remaining tickets will be sold at the door at Lathrop Hall beginning one hour before each performance.

A post-performance reception and discussion with the artists will be held Friday, Feb. 4, in Lathrop Hall’s Virginia Harrison Parlor. Refreshments will be served.

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