Modern contemporary dance meets real-life storytelling in Dance 2015: Based on True Stories, presented by the University of Florida (UF) School of Theatre + Dance and directed by Trent D. Williams Jr. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. March 13-14th and March 17-20th, and at 2 p.m. March 15th in Constans Theatre located in the Nadine M. McGuire Theatre and Dance Pavilion on UF’s campus. Tickets are $13 for UF students, UF faculty and staff and senior citizens, and $17 for the general public.
This year’s production features guest artists and a variety of personal experiences shown through seven pieces, including six ensemble works and one solo. All of the selections represent various themes in life, ranging from school-related issues to unemployment. In addition, the breadth of student performers themselves spans all four years, from freshmen to seniors.
The faculty began choreographing the pieces during the fall 2014 semester with a focus on personal experiences. “There’s no concept or tie-in link to each work, but rather they are based on true stories,” said Williams. “It’s all about these real-life experiences that these choreographers have seen or have researched in detail.”
One piece in particular is special for current seniors, as they began working on the piece as freshmen with choreographers Matt Reeves and Colette Krogol. Reeves and Krogol returned this year to continue crafting the number with the students. Williams says that this form of study is a way to see improvement and progression through the program.
As for the audience, patrons can look forward to reflecting upon and relating their own life situations to what is being presented. Williams hopes that spectators will be able to “reminisce or actually try to see themselves as a part of the concert.”
Tickets are $17 for the general public, and are $13 for students, UF faculty and staff and senior citizens. Group rates are available for parties of eight or more. Tickets are available through the University Box Office located at Gate 1 of the Stephen C. O'Connell Center, by calling 352-392-1653 or at ticketmaster.com. The University Box Office is open Tuesdays through Fridays: 12-5:30 p.m. and Saturdays: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tickets can also be purchased at the Constans Theatre Box Office starting 45 minutes prior to the performance.
The Nadine McGuire Theatre and Dance Pavilion is located at 687 McCarty Drive, Gainesville, FL 32611. Parking is available across the street from the UF Bookstore & Welcome Center on the University of Florida located on Museum Road.
About the School of Theatre + Dance
The School of Theatre + Dance is one of the University of Florida College of the Arts’ institutionally-accredited schools. Undergraduate students can pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in acting, dance, musical theatre, theatre production—including costume design, lighting design and scenic design—or a Bachelor of Arts degree in dance studies or general theatre. Minors are also offered in dance and theatre as well as certificates in arts in medicine and dance in healthcare. Student organizations, showcase programs and other intensives provide students with invaluable professional experiences. UF is home to three School of Theatre + Dance performance venues, including the Constans Theatre, Black Box Theatre and G-6 Studio. To learn more about the School of Theatre + Dance, including upcoming performance dates and ticket information, visit www.arts.ufl.edu/theatreanddance.
About the College of the Arts
The College of the Arts, previously known as the College of Fine Arts, is one of the 16 colleges and more than 150 research centers and institutes at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. The College of the Arts offers baccalaureate, master’s and Ph.D. degree programs in its three institutionally-accredited schools — the School of Art + Art History, School of Music and School of Theatre + Dance. The college is home to the Center for Arts in Medicine, Center for Arts and Public Policy, Center for World Arts, Digital Worlds Institute, University Galleries and the New World School of the Arts in Miami. More than 100 faculty members and approximately than 1,200 students work together daily to engage, inspire and create. The college hosts more than 300 performances, exhibitions and events each year. Faculty and students also exhibit and perform at other local, national and international venues. To learn more, visit www.arts.ufl.edu.
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