The University of Wisconsin-River Falls Dance Theatre will present its annual spring concert at 7:30 p.m. on April 2-5 in the Blanch Davis Theatre in the Kleinpell Fine Arts building.
UWRF Dance Theatre has been around for more than 30 years and is a modern dance company that brings an artistic dance program to students who love to dance. It strives to provide rich dance experiences and performances for River Falls and surrounding communities.
The 2014 concert will feature the work of two professional guest artists from the Twin Cities.
Marciano Silva dos Santos is the director of Contempo Phyisical Dance, recognized for its dynamic fusion of Afro-Brazilian dance, capoeira, and contemporary dance. The Dance Theatre dancers will perform his piece called Rush at the concert and at the American College Dance Festival in March.
Whitney McClusky is a director of Duniya Drum and Dance that features West African drum and dance. Her piece this year features dances called Yankadi and Yamama from Guinea West Africa. Yankadi is a playful dance of seduction by the soussou ethnic group in Guinea West Africa, and is danced by both young girls and boys at various occasions. Yamama was originally a mask dance from the Samou village that would happen once a year as a moment to ask for help and turn over your problems. It is now played throughout Guinea at various occasions.
Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors (60+) and $5 for students and children. Tickets can be purchased at the University Theatre box office Monday-Friday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in Kleinpell Fine Arts, or by phone at 715-425-3114. The box office is also open one hour prior to all performances.
UW-River Falls to host international bazaar April 1
The University of Wisconsin-River Falls will host its annual international bazaar on Tuesday, April 1, from 6-9 p.m. in the University Center. The event is free and open to the public, but a ticket is needed to reserve your spot.
Enjoy food from around the world, cultural demonstrations and activities, and great entertainment. Food will be served from 6-8 p.m. in the Riverview Ballroom with a show from 8-9 in the Falcon’s Nest, all in the University Center.
Reserve your spot by picking up a ticket from the Information Desk in the University Center. Last year the International Bazaar drew more than 600 guests so be sure to pick up a ticket before they are gone.
Commissioned composer Guy Klucevsek
The University of Wisconsin-River Falls will host Composer Guy Klucevsek for a three-day residency April 1-3. The residency will conclude with a concert on Thursday, April 3, at 7:30 p.m. in the Abbott Concert Hall of the Kleinpell Fine Arts building. The concert, which is free and open to the public, will feature many works by the composer, as well as the world premiere of the commissioned work, “Little Big Top (suite).”
Klucevsek, one of the world’s most versatile and highly-respected accordionists, has performed and/or recorded with Laurie Anderson, Bang On a Can, Brave Combo, Anthony Braxton, Anthony Coleman, Dave Douglas, Bill Frisell, Rahim al Haj, Robin Holcomb, Kepa Junkera, the Kronos Quartet, Natalie Merchant, Present Music, Relâche, Zeitgeist, and John Zorn.
Each year, student members of the Commissioned Composer Project select and commission a composer to write a piece of music for the student body, and arranges for that composer to come to the campus in the spring to interact with the students and take part in the premier performance of that work. The Commissioned Composer Project, which began in 1967 by Professor Emeritus Conrad De Jong, is the longest standing program of its kind within the United States, putting a national spotlight on the UWRF Music Department.
The University of Wisconsin-River Falls is at 410 S. Third St., River Falls, Wis.