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April 24, 2009

Birmingham-Southern dance students to present original choreography

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The Birmingham-Southern College dance department will present an evening of experimental and traditional works by student and guest choreographers May 2 in the College Theatre Mainstage at 7 p.m. The performance is open to the public with free admission. Seating is limited on a first-come, first-served basis.

The performance, titled “Free At Last: May Dance,” will feature 24 BSC dance majors performing to live and recorded music including a work-in-progress pre-premiere of the new collaborative work of guest artists Karen Bentley Pollick, John Scalici and Teri Weksler. The work by this composition team, all 2008 award winners of grants to individual artists, is a commissioned project by the Cultural Alliance of Greater Birmingham. Their work blends viola, violin, and a variety of percussion instruments along with the use of electronics to create a score that will be performed live onstage with the dancers. The project is also made possible by grants from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Pollick performs a wide range of solo repertoire and styles on violin, viola, piano, and Norwegian hardangerfele.

Scalici is an internationally recognized drum circle facilitator, speaker, musician, clinician, and master teaching artist.

Weksler, on faculty at BSC and the Alabama Ballet, is artistic director of Southern Danceworks.

For more information, contact 205/226-4943.

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