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 Artistic Director 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 returns to The Cowles Center for its 16th season spring concert as Artistic Directors Toni Pierce-Sands and Uri Sands launch a new choreographic platform for the next generation of creative voices. The program will feature new works by four such creative voices: Yusha-Marie Sorzano, Marcus Jarrell Willis, and a collaboration between Darrius Strong and Christian Warner.