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Up Coming Event: PROJECT 2012 - April 19, 20, 21 @ 7:30PM and April 22 @ 2PM

CELEBRATING 35 YEARS OF DANCE: Looking Back; Moving Forward

April 19, 20, 21 @ 7:30PM and April 22 @ 2PM
Tempe Center for the Arts
700 W. Rio Salado Parkway • Tempe, AZ 85281

Known for directly facing off with some of societies more perplexing events, this year’s production is no exception.

Towards that end, A Ludwig Dance Theatre continues collaboration with four diverse and exciting choreographers: Babs Case; Mary Fitzgerald; Kelly Roth; Karen Schupp.

They join Ann Ludwig on CELEBRATING 35 YEARS OF DANCE that examines the environment in which we find ourselves entrenched. Each choreographer has selected a direction from the issues surrounding today’s events. Divided into sections, audience involvement by text messaging determines how the political deck gets stacked for each concert.

Composer Brian Kunnari is creating the sound environment; he has worked with Ludwig on other events: The Cheese Stands Alone; ‘Til Death Do Us Part; Living Room Project: Kids. His work includes concert and commercial offerings and is a perfect fit for PROJECT 2012. Galina Mihaleva, award winning designer, joins the team to bring a challenging and ‘in your face’ production piece.

A Ludwig Dance Theatre is excited to bring to Tempe a solo work choreographed by the great Daniel Nagrin.  "Someone", an improvisational structure, will be performed by David Barker, actor, creator, professor at ASU.  Nagrin left the rights to his wife, artist Phyllis Steele, to reconstruct.

 Concert “Looking Back; Moving Forward” includes several dances taken from past repertoire. Opening with “Ain’t Over ‘Til the Fat Lady Sings” Ludwig recreates a work done in the mid 80’s for a European tour and subsequent performances. Bringing to the dance arena the on going struggle of women and their multiple roles in society with a “vivid, highly developed sense of theatre and a lot of daring”, New York Times.

“Five Poems for Computer, Narrator, Dancers and Bathtub” exudes the mystery and frolic of a stage born twilight zone. Three dancers cavort to the words of William Carlos Williams, Carl Sandburg, and Wallace Stevens read with panache by a narrator perched contentedly in an old claw foot bath tub. This work was first choreographed at ASU and selected for the American Dance Festival national performance in 1982.

The Gulf War, 1991, when US women found themselves on the front line of combat, formed the seed for "Xmas in the Desert". The war’s long lived history is less in the past than anticipated at the time and relevant today some twenty years later.

Arizona’s longest existing dance company has been actively performing internationally in communities and universities, teaching in colleges and high schools, since its inception in California in 1977.

CELEBRATING 35 YEARS OF DANCE is supported, in part, by the City of Tempe; National Endowment for the Arts; Arizona Commission on the Arts; Schwartz Family Foundation; Emeritous College of Arizona State University, and Friends of Tempe Center for the Arts.

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