FESTIVAL DANCE BRINGS YOU THE WORLD! You can travel the globe seeking outstanding arts experiences, or you can stay here and enjoy music and dance from Brazil and Mexico, dance classics from New York City, and a charming holiday program, all conveniently presented with reduced admission for season subscribers, free parking, and student and children discounts.
Aché Brasil: October 5th, 7:30 pm, Beasley Coliseum
COME TO THE CARNIVAL and experience ACHÉ BRASIL –Equal parts music, dance, and acrobatics, they fuse the culture, traditions and music of Brazil into a dynamic, high energy performance that is exciting to watch and makes it hard to sit still. They have performed to enthusiastic audiences and critical acclaim all over North America and have received a nomination for “Live Performers of the Year” at the West Coast Music Awards for their rare combination of authenticity and excellence, presently unmatched in North America.
The Ballet Folklorico "Quetzalli" de Veracruz: November 17th, 7:00 pm, Beasley Coliseum
IT’S FIESTA TIME - The BALLET FOLKLORICO “QUETZALLI” DE VERACRUZ brings a visual celebration of culture and folklore featuring dances of old Mexico and Afro-Caribbean extravaganzas performed to live music played on authentic stringed instruments. They are known internationally for their meticulous movement, colorful costumes, and perfect pulse. Since 1986 they have given hundreds of performances across Mexico and the United States, South America, Asia, Europe and the Caribbean, proving that they are one of Mexico's most popular exports!
Joy to the World: December 7th, 7:00 pm, UI Administration Auditorium
WELCOME IN THE HOLIDAY SEASON with friends and family at JOY TO THE WORLD, a warm and delightful program of traditional holiday favorites and world music and dance at the UI Auditorium. Talented local artists join together to present a program that is perfect for all ages to enjoy. This is the third annual event that last year featured Sandy and Jay Mauchley, the Palouse Chorale Choir, Gefilte Trout, and Festival Dance performers. A holiday silent auction held during intermission benefits the Festival Dance Scholarship Fund.
Paul Taylor 2: April 6th, 3:00 pm, Beasley Coliseum
EXPERIENCE TIMELESS DANCE with the talented artists of PAUL TAYLOR 2 company performing classics of one of America’s giants of dance. Now celebrating Paul Taylor’s 82nd birthday, the ensemble is touring the country presenting some of the great works from his repertoire including “Company B,” danced to music by the Andrew Sisters, which according to Newsweek “evokes the exuberant rhythms of the '40's as well as the grim and persistent shadow of war …. some of the most glorious dancing to be seen anywhere.”