Contact: Abdo Sayegh Rodriguez
Minneapolis, Apr. 12, 2016 – Join us, as TU Dance returns to The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts for its 2016 spring dance concert—an evening featuring an original commission by celebrated New York choreographer and MacArthur Fellow Kyle Abraham. Commissioned through the generosity of the David & Rosemary Good Family Foundation, Abraham’s new work, Candle, divides the space between solo figure and duet form as a way of focusing on isolation and longing. Created as a 3-part vignette, each section uses songs that Abraham equates with varying aspects of loving and longing.
New work by Uri Sands draws on the choreographer’s recent winter residency in Paris. Starting with the childhood belief that we disappear when closing our eyes, Sands’ No One Will See shifts between dimensions of reality and fantasy, exploring physicality in cycles of life, love and loss.
The evening also includes Sands' Veneers (2006), "a blend of intelligence and beauty, rigorous structure, inventive choreography and integrity of performance so singularly wrought that the work rips your expectations from their moorings” (Camille LeFevre, StarTribune).
About TU Dance
Over its first 10 years, Saint Paul-based TU Dance has conveyed a contemporary vision of dance as a connective power, drawing artists and audiences into a shared theater experience that celebrates, challenges and inspires. Founded in 2004 by Toni-Pierce Sands and Uri Sands, the professional 10-member company is acclaimed for its diverse, versatile artists, performing work that draws together modern dance, classical ballet, African-based and urban vernacular movements. In 2011, the organization opened TU Dance Center in Saint Paul, which provides year-round educational programming for dance students of all ages and levels of experience and also serves as a home studio for the professional company. Most recently, Artistic Directors Toni Pierce-Sands and Uri Sands were named as 2015 USA Fellows, receiving this year’s Knight Fellowship in Dance, an award that recognizes America’s most accomplished and innovative artists.
TU Dance company members: Darwin Black, Tara Cacciatore, Taylor Collier, Youthen Joseph, Alanna Morris-Van Tassel, Randall Riley, Kaitlin Setzke, Alexis Staley, Curtis Thomas, and Elayna Waxse.
May 20-22, 2016
Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts
528 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Tickets: $30-35 (fees included)
Box Office: www.thecowlescenter.org or 612-206-3600
TU Dance Open Rehearsal
with Toni Pierce-Sands and Uri Sands and company members
Thursday, May 5, 5:30-6:30pm, doors open at 5:00pm
TU Dance Center, 2121 University Ave. W., Saint Paul 55114
May 19 @ 10:30am
Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts
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