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The U Dance Theatre's Dance Revolution will be presented December 10-12 at Rarig Center in the U's West Bank Arts Quarter.

U Dance Theatre: Transforming ideas into physical beauty

Transforming ideas into physical beauty

By Rick Moore

Published on December 7, 2004

As the fall semester winds down and the winter holiday season approaches, there are ample opportunities to sample the arts on and around the Twin Cities campus. This weekend offers a great chance to check out student dancers as the University Dance Theatre presents its annual concert--Dance Revolutions--December 10-12 at Rarig Center in the U's West Bank Arts Quarter. (And if you have never attended a modern/jazz dance concert, see the tips below, written by a University dance alum, for enjoying dance performances.)

The concert will showcase dozens of University dancers performing pieces by four guest choreographers--Hannah Stilwell, Merce Cunningham, Tere O'Connor, and Carl Flink.

Promotional materials for the concert give a flavor of the individual dances. "Hannah Stilwell's celebration of cross-cultural movements in her world premiere Relished, gives classic jazz dance sizzling Afro-Cuban accents. Inlets 2 by Merce Cunningham combines virtuosic movement with chance operations. Personal identity and social disorder collide with poignant wit in the world premiere of Frozen Mommy As a Boy by Tere O'Connor. And Carl Flink sends dancers flying through space in his lush and sensuous This Bleeding Heart...."

The performances will be at 8 p.m. on December 10 and 11 and at 2 p.m. on December 12. Tickets can be ordered by calling 612-624-2345 or by visiting

Tips for watching and enjoying modern dance

Trying to understand modern dance can be a bit like trying to catch a butterfly on the wing. Unlike with some ballet programs, there are rarely printed story lines accompanying the pieces, which leaves each audience member on his or her own in trying to decipher the dances.

Tamara Ober, a University dance alum and current member of Zenon Dance Company in Minneapolis, has compiled the following tips for watching modern dance.

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