Fall Dance Concert ▪ October 18-20, 2019
TU Dance’s 16th season opens at The O’Shaughnessy with an evening featuring two company premieres by Uri Sands. Something Amber (2012), originally commissioned by Alonzo King LINES Ballet Training Program, is a full company work inspired by an illustrious string composition by neoclassical composer Vladimir Martynov. Tracks (2018), a full company work set to the legendary sounds of R&B music’s The O’Jays and originally commissioned by Ailey II, references the markings, wounds, and scars that our history leaves on us, pathways created or followed in life, and the regimen of building railroad tracks; manual labor and the arduousness of continuing on despite life’s challenges, in an effort to create better tomorrows. The program also includes Ronald K. Brown’s Clear as Tear Water (2005), a solo originally created for Toni Pierce-Sands that explores the balance of a woman’s vulnerability and strength as she is supported by generations of women before her, and a reprisal of Sands’s Salve (2017), originally commissioned by Ballet Memphis and set to the music of Gavin Bryars, a meditative work for eight dancers that illustrates the idea of healing through the simple action of coming together.
Spring Dance Concert ▪ May 1-3, 2020
TU Dance’s 16th season spring concert, a riveting evening of dance features a new choreographic platform for the next generation of creative voices alongside a new work by acclaimed New York City native choreographer and founder of The Dash Ensemble, Gregory Dolbashian. Esteemed dancer, educator and choreographer Yusha-Marie Sorzano will premiere a new work that explores the process of finding harmony among the many selves and many distinct languages that make up each of us. Vanity Fare, a world premiere by City Pages 2018 “Best Choreographer” awardee Marcus Jarrell Willis, explores the struggle between the mannequin-like existence we self-assemble in life and our realistic need for human connections. Unhinged Realities (2018), a choreographic collaboration between TU Dance company member Christian Warner and Jerome Hill Artist Fellow Darrius Strong, is the study of a moment in an individual’s life where their efforts of repression and suppression fail and they must decide how to engage their life after the facades have shattered. Gregory Dolbashian’s new work utilizes fiercely energetic movement and intricate exchanges of support to demonstrate the immense power that lies within all of us when we use physical connection to transcend barriers that otherwise separate us in everyday life.