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MEDIA CONTACT:   Polly Burks
561-297-2595, pburks@fau.edu

FAU Dance Theatre Ensemble in Premiere Performance

            BOCA RATON, FL (January 15, 2009) The Florida Atlantic University department of theatre and dance announces the debut of the FAU Dance Theatre Ensemble with its production of “L'Histoire du Soldat and Other Dances.”  The production, which features artistic contributions from faculty in dance, theatre, music, visual arts and art history, and communications and multimedia studies, will take place on Friday, January 30 at 8 p.m., Saturday, January 31 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday, February 1 at 2 p.m. in the University Theatre on FAU’s Boca Raton campus, 777 Glades Road. General admission is $16 and group tickets may be purchased for $12. Tickets can be purchased by calling 800-564-9539 or by visiting www.fauevents.com.

            “L'Histoire du Soldat” (A Soldier's Tale) is a 1918 theatrical work that is based on music by Igor Stravinsky. Stravinsky wrote the piece based on Russian folk tales about a soldier on furlough who sells his fiddle to the devil for a book that tells him things before they happen. Former Elliot Feld dancer and Dreyfoos School of the Arts faculty Jeff Satinoff’s 50-minute ballet of this Faustian tale features Richard Gamble and Clarence Brooks (department of theatre, dance chair and dance faculty, respectively) in the principle roles of the narrator and the soldier.

“Other Dances” is comprised of several short pieces in a half-hour of dance. The first, “Cradle Song,” was created by Boston-based choreographer Marcus Schulkind, who describes the dance as “the last waltz that a person is going to have: part memory, part tactile muscle memory, part return to past, part kinetic imagery for the future.”  “Cradle Song,” the solo, becomes a duet as Clarence Brooks dances and Heather Coltman, chair of the department of music, plays a caprice for piano by Louis Moreau Gottschalk. 

The second dance in the series is performed by the adagio team of Rome Saladino and Marina Putane who extend the physical range of the body with a Romeo and Juliet romance and a theatrically comedic duet with a chair. In another short dance, emerging choreographer Andrea Ollarvide’s hauntingly stark solo echoes the universal fear of being left alone. 

Isolation and loneliness is also the theme of “Rooms Etude,” based on Anna Sokolow's groundbreaking dance “Rooms.”   Joey Bargsten, a professor in the school of communications and multimedia studies, composed the music and the text for this dance-film using Clarence Brooks’ choreography to tweak space and reality in an Escher-like fashion.  Finally, “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?” the quintessential Depression Era song and the title of Schulkind's contemporary work, showcases the indomitable spirit of man dealing with the challenges of living raging against the machine.

            For further information, call 561-297-0266.

-FAU-

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