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FAU Presents the Sixth Annual Repertory Dance Theatre Ensemble

    BOCA RATON, Fla. (February 18, 2014) – Florida Atlantic University’s department of theatre and dance in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters presents the 2014 Repertory Dance Theatre Ensemble on Friday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, March 1 at 1 and 7 p.m., in the University Theatre, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus. Single tickets are $20, FAU faculty, staff and alumni are $16, FAU students are $12 and group prices are available. Tickets can be purchased at or 1-800-564-9539.

FAU Repertory Dance Theatre Ensemble is pleased to present an exciting and diverse range of dance for its sixth season, including welcoming Yichun Yang as a featured soloist performing traditional Chinese dance. Crystal Patient also will reprise her multi-award winning solo “During Hours,” a comedic view of the thankless hard work that restaurant servers endure to please us, their customers. Her newest creation for three dancers, “Blue Print,” is an accumulation of past and present work expressing multiple layers of relationships. 

The late Sam Cooke, one of this nation’s most phenomenal chart-topping, singing voices, is the subject of Maria Konrad’s latest work titled “A Change is Gonna Come,” her solo for Clarence Brooks, associate professor of dance at FAU. The work pays homage to the Civil Rights Movement and human rights workers universally and, appropriately for Black History Month, celebrates the life and work of international icons like the late Nelson Mandela, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and many others. 

The 2009 dance/film collaboration between Mr. Brooks and Joey Bargsten, associate professor of communication at FAU, titled "d o w n/s i d e" will have a second airing. This very witty piece twists reality and time in Escher-like perspectives. 

Who better than a dancer-choreographer, someone who is constantly changing clothes, to envision a dance for eight people with abstract, minimalist, repetitive movement based upon putting on or taking off articles of clothing. While no nudity is involved, audience members will experience “Dress Up, Dress Down,” performed to a score by the brilliant composer Philip Glass, as either a deeply meditative or, conversely, vastly invigorating look at a daily activity to which we can all relate.

The program is subject to change. For more information, contact Clarence Brooks at


Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes – marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges – which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit

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