November 20, 2009

Fall 2009 Dance Ensemble Concert Steps Into Many Worlds of Movement

falldance.jpegAn incredibly diverse Fall 2009 Dance Ensemble Concert opens at Sonoma State University in December showing an enthusiastic interest in choreographic invention for the annual event.

Staged from December 3 - 6 in Dance Studio Theatre in the Physical Education Building on the Sonoma State campus, the Fall 2009 Dance Ensemble Concert features student choreographers who bring together many kinds of dance expression - from ballet, ballroom, Bollywood, contemporary, lyrical, hip-hop, jazz to salsa.

"Many of these young choreographers have investigated various aspects of human relationships and the challenges and rewards that they bring. Others have explored an attention to the physics of dance - working with specific kinetic ideas such as partnering, contact improvisation, weight sharing and specific choreographic devices," says Dance Professor and Director Kristen Daley.

"You will see dances inspired by social justice issues and the power that comes from seeing the invisible in our society. You will see dances inspired by difficult subjects such as addiction, death and loss. You will see dances inspired by trends in popular culture-music videos, movies and video games. You will see dances inspired by the pure joy created from moving. I think for each choreographer the process has been personal - there exists a very real connection with the material being investigated."

A record number of dance pieces (15 choreographers working on 18 dances) has been divided into two separate and alternating dance programs.

For tickets or more information visit or call (707) 664-2353.

Dance Studio P.E. 1 is located on campus at Sonoma State University. 1801 E. Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park, CA 94928


Program A: Thursday, Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 4, 9:15 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 5, 7:30 p.m.

Program B: Friday, Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 5, 9:15 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 6, 2 p.m.

Ticket prices are: General admission for each program, $8; purchase both for a discounted rate of $12. SSU students are admitted free with a valid student I.D. This performance is free for any SSU faculty or staff and $5 admission for guests. Groups of 10 or more will receive a discount of $2 off each ticket. Families (up to 5 members) get into any performance for a flat rate of $35.

For further information, contact Jenny Juhl, (707) 664-2325.

Jean Wasp
Media Relations Coordinator
University Affairs
(707) 664-2057