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2007.04.20 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@mail.unomaha.edu

The Moving Company Set to Perform Twice in Upcoming Weeks

Omaha - The Moving Company, the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s (UNO) modern dance group, will be performing twice in upcoming weeks and premiering new works.

The company’s first performance will be at the “Day of the Arts” at the Holland Center for Performing Arts on Sunday, April 29.   Dancers will be on stage at 12:45 p.m. and will premier two etudes from the American Dance Legacy Project, including Donald McKayle’s “Rainbow ‘Round My Shoulder” and Anna Sokolow's “Rooms.”

“This is a wonderful and exciting venue for us,” said Josie Metal-Corbin, director for the Moving Company.  “We’re very pleased to be part of the ‘Day of the Arts’ and to bring dance to that stage.”

The American Dance Legacy Institute at Brown University provided both etudes.  The institute is dedicated to enabling all individuals to participate, as primary collaborators, in the creation and perpetuation of America’s dance heritage. 

“Rainbow Etude,” created by African-American choreographer Donald McKayle, is based on his 1959 classic, “Rainbow ‘Round My Shoulder.”  Members of The Moving Company traveled to the University of California at Long Beach to learn the piece from McKayle.  The solo contains quintessential elements of the larger work and includes specific gestures, steps and images from the dance, Metal-Corbin said.

“Rooms Etude” is a six-minute piece based on choreographer Anna Sokolow’s “Rooms” and has been arranged by Lorry May.  Metal-Corbin said it is a study in character and intention.  Sokolow was a social activist and a distinguished Jewish-American.

Day of the Arts is free and runs from 1 to 5 p.m.  In addition to dance, the day features painting, origami, costumes and chalk drawing.  More information is available at www.omahaperformingarts.org.

The group’s second performance will be The Moving Company’s 2007 Spring Showcase on May 6 at 4 p.m.  The American Dance Legacy Project works will again be featured, along with works by Mary Waugh-Taylor, Fritha Pengelly, David E. Corbin, and Anna Monardo and Kyan Unstad with J.B. Ferguson.

Monardo, chair of the UNO Writer’s Workshop, will be present and will read from her novel, Falling in Love with Natassia, during the performance.

“Selected text from Anna’s book about modern dancers has been set to dance and percussion, and the piece will add an exciting dimension to the Spring Showcase,” Corbin said.  “Having her unique voice present with us has been a great experience for our dancers.”

The May 6 performance will be held in the UNO Dance Lab, Room 231 Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building.  General admission tickets cost $5 and will be sold at the door.

For more information about The Moving Company, contact Metal-Corbin at (402) 554-3239.

The Moving Company, UNO’s modern dance performing group, operates under the auspices of the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation in the UNO College of Education. The company was established in 1935 and is committed to preserving historical dance, as well as creating new, contemporary works. For more information, contact Metal-Corbin at (402) 554-3239, or visit the Web at http://www.unomaha.edu/themovingcompany.

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