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Catch a sneak peek of KU Dance Company’s online spring concert, streaming this weekend

The University of Kansas Dance Company will hold its spring concert virtually, and that means you’ll have all weekend to watch it.

From 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 9, through 10 p.m. Sunday, April 11, the show — whose theme is Information Overload — will be available via the dance department’s website. The show will highlight “the many stimuli people experience as they move physically and virtually through the world” in contemporary, ballet and hip-hop dance styles, according to a news release.

The department sent the Times some photos from one of the numbers, “Cubic.” Choreographed by James Moreno, associate professor of dance, “Cubic” explores the relationship between humans and objects. Get a sneak peek of it below.

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The show will pay tribute to Patrick Suzeau, professor of dance, who will retire in the summer after a 31-year career with KU.

“He (Suzeau) will present ‘Be Still… And Feel,’ a mixture of choreography and videography that explores isolation, from descent into darkness to ecstasy, and reflects the realities of the pandemic,” according to the release.

Among other pieces featured in the show will be Michelle Heffner Hayes’ work, “Currents,” inspired by concepts from traditional Chinese medicine and qi gong; Ashley Brittingham’s ballet, “Fragmented,” inspired by the complicated emotions of an unprecedented era; Waeli Wang’s “When, Where Does It End?” which highlights the need to always be informed and have eyes glued to the screen; and Maya Tillman-Rayton’s up-tempo hip-hop work, “Messaging,” a commentary of current events.

“Also presented is ‘Rosas Remix,’ an ensemble-based contemporary work choreographed by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, adapted by Waeli Wang through ‘The fABULEUS Rosas Remix Project,'” according to the release.

Read more about the pieces and the people behind them in KU’s release; you can also follow the department on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The show is free to view.

Here are some photos from “Cubic,” courtesy of UDC and videographer Bryce Heesacker:

Bryce Heesacker Photo shows a rehearsal for “Cubic,” a work by University of Kansas Associate Professor James Moreno, staged in the Crafton-Preyer Theatre at KU’s Murphy Hall. Scenic and costume design for this piece is by Rana Esfandiary, assistant professor of scenography, and lighting design by Devan Ryan, MFA student in scenography from Lawrence.
Bryce Heesacker Photo shows a rehearsal for “Cubic,” a work by University of Kansas Associate Professor James Moreno, staged in the Crafton-Preyer Theatre at KU’s Murphy Hall.
Bryce Heesacker Photos shows a rehearsal for “Cubic,” a work by University of Kansas Associate Professor James Moreno, staged in the Crafton-Preyer Theatre at KU’s Murphy Hall.
University Dance Company’s spring concert will be on the theme of information overload. It will debut online at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 9, and remain online for viewing until 10 p.m. April 11.
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