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2007.08.28 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Relations
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@mail.unomaha.edu

Moving Company Set for Busy September

Omaha - Dance goes everywhere. The Moving Company, the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s (UNO) modern dance group, will perform at Joslyn Art Museum, the Omaha Public Library and the Henry Doorly Zoo during September. 

“We’re keeping a busy schedule, but it’s an exciting time for the company,” said Josie Metal-Corbin, director for The Moving Company.  “Being out in the community and bringing dance to different places is a wonderful experience.”

Mary Waugh-Taylor will choreograph a site-specific work for four dancers at the Henry Doorly Zoo on Friday, Sept. 7, in conjunction with 2007 Zoofari, “Butterflies Are Not Free.”  The event is invitational only.  Zoofari is the zoo’s largest annual fundraiser.

On Sunday, Sept. 9, the company will respond to “Spared from the Storm: Masterworks from the New Orleans Museum of Art,” an exhibition at the Joslyn.  The exhibit features works rescued during Hurricane Katrina.  The Moving Company’s formal 30-minute concert in the Joslyn’s Witherspoon Concert Hall starts at 2 p.m.  The group’s appearance is part of the museum’s Family Fun Day, which is free and open to the public.

Another community celebration – the announcement of this year’s book choice for “Omaha Reads:  O! What a Book” – is Friday, Sept. 14 at 10 a.m. The Moving Company will perform in front of the downtown W. Dale Clark Library.

“We also had a salon in the UNO Dance Lab when ‘Fahrenheit 451’ was the book during the first ‘Omaha Reads’ program in 2004,” Metal-Corbin said.  “Being part of this city-wide celebration shows the connections between literature and dance."

Metal-Corbin will choreograph an intergenerational cast of 14 dancers who will interpret the city’s book selections for both adults and children.  David Corbin, guitarist/vocalist/songwriter, and Christina Allred, cellist, will provide the live accompaniment for a 15-minute dance program that will take place on the steps of the library and in the middle of 14th Street.  Lora Kaup will be the costumer.  The program will also serve as an opening event for the (downtown) lit fest.

In addition, The Moving Company, the (downtown) lit fest, the Friends of Omaha Public Library and Millard Lumber have commissioned Jeff Curtis, to create a dance film connected to “Omaha Reads.”  The film will focus on the ups and downs of romance and relationships.  Curtis’ films have been screened worldwide, most recently at the “Dança em Foco 07 Festival International de video & dança” in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 

The film will be shown at several libraries on the following dates:

* W. Dale Clark on Saturday, Sept., 15, 10 a.m.;

* Millard branch, Saturday, Sept. 22, 2 p.m.;

* Milton R. Abrahams branch, Saturday, Sept. 29, 2 p.m.;

* Milton R. Abrahams branch, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2 p.m.;

* Benson branch, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 7 p.m.; and

* Willa Cather branch, Saturday, Oct. 20, 2 p.m.

For more information, call (402) 554-3502.

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