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2005.02.09 > For Immediate Release
contact: Teresa Gleason - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: tmgleason@mail.unomaha.edu

Josie Metal-Corbin to Direct "A Modern Spin on the Old Masters: An Evening of Dance" Feb. 22 at the Joslyn

Omaha - Josie Metal-Corbin, director of The Moving Company at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO), will direct "A Modern Spin on the Old Masters:  An Evening of Dance" Tuesday, Feb. 22, at the Joslyn Art Museum.

The event is part of Tuesday Master Pieces, a cultural series featuring local and national scholars and artists that celebrates Renaissance to Rococo, a current special exhibition of Old Master paintings.  It will begin at 6 p.m., followed by a private exhibition viewing and an hors d'oeuvres reception.

All of the dances in the concert draw their inspiration from the Renaissance to Rococo exhibit.

Metal-Corbin is a professor in the UNO School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER).  In addition to directing the concert, Metal-Corbin also choreographed "Ode to the Catalogue," one of six pieces in the concert.  This piece is the dance debut of five UNO physical education majors from Metal-Corbin's pedagogy courses. 

The five students are Brian Masek, quarterback for the UNO Mavericks; Shaun Tevis, who coaches football at Millard South High School; Ryan Petersen, who works in a group home at Girls and Boys Town; and Scott Becker, who will be assisting Metal-Corbin in a presentation at the national conference of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance in Chicago this April.  Nate McCabe, a physical education major and student assistant coach for Maverick baseball, is the understudy for the piece. 

"This dance is an example of our UNO future physical education teachers taking on the challenge of an interdisciplinary project," Metal-Corbin said.  "It's an outcome of a fall semester pedagogy class in which the students were learning ways of integrating dance, language arts, reading and sign language into an elementary school curriculum.  They take a giant leap with this performance at the Joslyn that catapults classroom learning onto the concert stage."

David E. Corbin, a professor in the UNO School of HPER, will sing and play the guitar to accompany "Ode to the Catalogue."  Before joining the UNO faculty, Corbin was a professional musician in nightclubs and on cruise ships.

Other dances featured in the concert are listed below.

"Sensical" is choreographed by Lauren Kotulak, associate director of The Moving Company.  In addition, Kotulak will perform her own choreographed solo titled "Me, Myself and I."

"On the Transmigration of Souls" is choreographed by Mary Waugh-Taylor, associate director of The Moving Company and a part-time UNO faculty member.  The piece integrates images from the exhibition with images from 9/11.

UNO students Kristen Geissinger, Caroline Moore and former UNO students Chi Estes, Kara Gilmore and Stephanie Sinclair will perform in several dances.

Creighton University's dance program will perform two dance pieces choreographed by Susan Dickson-Matsunami and Lisa Carter.  Theresa Catalano, who teaches Italian at UNO, will perform in Dickson-Matsunami's piece.

The cost of the Feb. 22 event is $12 for museum members, $18 for the general public and $8 for college students.  Exhibition admission is included in the ticket price.  To purchase a ticket, call (402) 342-3300, ext. 210.  Tickets also will be available at the door the night of the event.

The Moving Company is UNO's modern dance performing group.  For more information, visit the Web at http://www.unocoe.unomaha.edu/hper/MovingCompany/index.html.

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