TU Dance Center 2016 Student Showcase: June 3-5

Artistic Directors Toni Pierce-Sands and Uri Sands, and School Director Laurel Keen invite you to the 2016 TU Dance Center Student Showcase at the University of Minnesota’s Rarig Center in Minneapolis. Dancers from the Children & Teen and Pre-Professional divisions will be featured in several works by TU Dance Center teaching artists. Please join us as we celebrate the 5th anniversary of the school!

Friday, June 3 – 7:00pm
Saturday, June 4 – 7:00pm
Sunday, June 5 – 2:00pm

Rarig Center, Whiting Proscenium Stage
University of Minnesota
330 21st Ave S
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Tickets: $15 (includes a $2 processing fee); click here to purchase tickets online

Click here for Rarig Center directions and parking information

StarTribune Review: TU Dance Spring 2016 Concert

Star Tribune | STAGE & ARTS | May 21, 2016

TU dancers demonstrate passion, power in Uri Sands’ ‘No One Will See’
Review: A second piece by Uri Sands, “Veneers,” is just as eloquent, if gentler.

By SHEILA REGAN Special to the Star Tribune

The TU dancers get into formation for a thrilling new piece by Uri Sands called “No One Will See,” which premiered at the Cowles Center this weekend.

The visceral work, performed by the company dancers as well as students from the University of Minnesota Dance Department, taps into a guttural force that startles in its potency.

The performers in the work wear black hats with veils hanging over their faces, creating an alien look, as designed by Shannon Gauer and Toni Pierce-Sands. The score, with music by Vladimir Martynov, Mike Sheridan and Antony and the Johnsons, also propels the piece into extraordinary realms.

After a prolonged opening section where the dancers wander around the darkly lit stage embracing one another, they form a straight line across the stage, as the tiniest ripple of movement flows from one side of the line to the other before they scurry forward as one organism.

The piece explodes into a Dionysian rite, the dancers summoning energy out of the ground in a wild ritual. In a later section, members of the core group of dancers become like children, erupting in play, their blindness facilitating the expansiveness of their imagination. The piece concludes with a riveting duet of two dancers becoming one creature, ultimately destroying itself in a harrowing final moment.

The piece contrasts starkly with Sands’ other work presented at the Cowles, “Veneers,” from 2006, which, like “No One Will See,” conjures a spirituality, but one that is much more elevated and ethereal than the later work’s raw explosion.

The spirituality in “Veneers” has an ecclesiastical quality. With stark dancing accompanied by classical strings and choral music, the dancers suffocate within the rigidity of the confined movement as they search for validation from outside of themselves.

Created 10 years apart from each other, the two works shown together display the incredible trajectory Sands’ choreography has taken in that time. Where the earlier work embraces a classical aesthetic and extremely structured movement, in his newest work he all but abandons formal modes, instead finding a quality that’s drawn from ancestral instinct.

Besides Sands’ two pieces, TU also presented a world premiere of “Candle,” by guest choreographer Kyle Abraham. The intimate piece, which moves in and out of solo and duet forms, showcases the incredible talent of the TU dancers, who besides their jaw-dropping athleticism, evoke lyrical grace and intense connection with one another.

Sheila Regan is a Twin Cities arts journalist and dance critic.

TU Dance Pre-Professional Summer Intensive, August 2016

The TU Dance Pre-professional Summer Intensive is  an in-depth course of study integrating modern, ballet, African, and repertory work for students ages 12-23. The program has five levels. For level placement, please contact us at education@tudance.org or 612-605-1925. Placement can be done by attending an open class at TU Dance Center (by appointment only), by submitting a video link (modern and ballet phrase), or during the first day of classes of the intensive.

August 1 -20, 2016

Visit www.tudance.org/summer for more information & registration

TU Dance Center Summer Program, July 2016

The TU Dance Center Children & Teen Program, for ages 5-12 introduces the joy of creative movement and beginning dance technique. Classes, divided by age, provide a comprehensive base on which to expand by developing body awareness, coordination, balance, flexibility, strength and musicality.

July 11 – 23, 2016

Visit www.tudance.org/summer for more information & registration


TU Dance Center Offers Classes with HIJACK May 7 & 14

Join us for two special open classes with HIJACK at TU Dance Center
May 7 & 14, 2:00-3:00pm
Cost: $14/class
HIJACK is the choreographic collaboration of Kristin Van Loon & Arwen Wilder. Van Loon & Wilder each grew up in Chicago, met at Colorado College, and established their collaboration in Minneapolis in 1993.
HIJACK has taught and performed in New York (at DTW, PS122, HERE ArtCenter, Catch/Movement Research Festival, La Mama, Dixon Place, Chocolate Factory, Brooklyn Studios for Dance), Japan, Russia, Central America, Ottawa, Chicago, Colorado, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Seattle, San Francisco, Iowa, at Bates Festival and Fuse Box Festival in Austin Texas.  HIJACK teaches Composition/Improvisation/Contact Improvisation at the University of Minnesota and as Guest Artists at St. Olaf College and Colorado College. They have taught Improvisation/Contact Improvisation at Zenon Dance School every Wednesday morning for 16 years.  HIJACK curates and hosts Future Interstates, a bi-monthly showcase for improvisation dance performance, at the Cowles Center for Dance and Performing Arts. In 2013, Walker Art Center celebrated the 20th anniversary of HIJACK by commissioning the full-evening work “redundant, ready, reading, radish, Red Eye”.  In 2014, Contact Quarterly published the chapbook “Passing For Dance — a HIJACK reader”.  HIJACK will be faculty at the 2016 Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation (SFDI).

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