GREAT PERFORMANCES SERIES 2016 - 2017
REJOICE! Diaspora Dance Theatre: September 23, 2016, 7:30pm, Jones Theatre at Daggy Hall
Part of the fourth Annual Humanitas Festival! An ensemble of multi dimensional dancers and muscians, presenting a unique blend between the dances of Africa, the African Diaspora and Modern dance. Rejoice! looks at tradition through a contemporary lens bridging our vast history with our complex present. Using folkloric movement as a basis of communication to our immediate surroundings, Rejoice! weaves stories from music and movements of the past and present. Rejoice! is deeply involved in dance in its home base of Portland and throughout the northwest.
Eugene Ballet's "THE NUTCRACKER": December 11, 2016, 3:00pm, Beasley Coliseum
“...delight in the splendor of classical variations and magical characters!” One of the world's most popular ballets presents a magical holiday experience including dancing snowflakes, waltzing flowers, the Sugarplum Fairy and her Cavalier, and many surprises to delight all ages. Eugene Ballet's production is known for its exquisite choreography and stunning dancing, with a cast of more than 50 dancers. Colorful, magical sets by Don Carson, formerly of Disney Productions, meld perfectly with Tchaikovsky's soaring music.
LORITA LEUNG DANCE COMPANY: JANUARY 21, 2017, 7:30pm, University of Idaho Administration Building Auditorium
“A breathtaking journey through Chinese Dance.” The Lorita Leung Dance Company has a rich and diverse repertoire that ranges from Classical to Folk, Ethnic and Contemporary Chinese Dance. With almost forty years of performing experience, this group continues to enrich the cultural life of North Americans by creating a greater awareness and appreciation for Chinese Dance. The group is known for its work in preserving, promoting and enhancing Chinese dance culture in Canada. Festival Dance is pleased to bring you this culturally rich production in partnership with the University of Idaho Confucius Institute.
KAHA:WI DANCE THEATRE: April 21, 2017, 7:30pm, Jones Theatre at Daggy Hall
“The Honouring” Kaha:wi Dance Theatre is one of Canada's leading contemporary dance companies, recognized for its seamless fusing of indigienous and contemporary dance into a compelling signature choreographic vision. Internationally renowned for artistic excellence, innovation and collaboration, Kaha:wi electrifies audiences around the globe. The performance is visually stunning, deeply symbolic, spiritually stirring and entertaining. The company is a dynamic force in contemporary dance, a center for creativity, innovation, artistry and Aboriginal expression that reflects, honors and celebrates culture.