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Faculty and Student Dance, Martha Graham’s ‘Steps’

Dance will host its annual Departmental Concert at 8 p.m. April 23-24 with a 2 p.m. matinee April 24.

The concerts in the UNCG Dance Theater will feature works by modern dance pioneer Martha Graham, faculty member John Gamble, guest artist Helen Simoneau and MFA candidate Linda Sabo.

Tickets are $12 for general admission, $9 for children and seniors, and $6 for UNCG students and faculty. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the UNCG Box Office at boxoffice.uncg.edu.

Undergraduate and graduate students will perform a reconstruction of Martha Graham’s historic “Steps in the Street,” part of her larger work “Chronicle.” The seven-minute dance is being restaged by faculty member Duane Cyrus in coordination with Martha Graham School faculty member Elizabeth Auclair.

Supported by a $15,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and university matching funds, the project brought Auclair to campus in February to work with the students in staging the dance. A documentary by graduate student and cast member Melissa Pihos will provide a behind-the-scenes look at the process of reconstructing this historic work.

John Gamble’s piece, “Riverways,” is part of a larger work choreographed in 1976 with Helmut Gottschild for Zero Moving Dance Company. The original version had seven sections danced without accompaniment, using only sounds made by the dancers.

In 1977, Gamble edited and combined sections to make a dance in three parts, which was premiered by Zero at the Akademie der Künste in Berlin, Germany. The piece performed in the Departmental Concert is a structured improvisation based on 5/4 time by students in Gamble’s dance improvisation course.

Adjunct faculty member and guest artist Helen Simoneau will premiere “Glimpse.” The dance will include a film by Jose Bustamante.