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The Theater 14th Street Y & Bearded Ladies Productions Present Y Cabaret

The Theater 14th Street Y & Bearded Ladies Productions present the 4th Y Cabaret, as part of the Theater/Dance Series curated at The Theater at The 14th Street Y, 344 E. 14th Street, NYC on March 24 & 25, 2018 at 8pm.The Y Cabaret is evening of drinks, dance, and food and features choreographers: Nicole Von Arx, Peter Cheng, Mei Yamanaka, Roya Carreras, Kristen Carcone, BAIRA (formerly BS Movement), and Princess Lockerooo, hosted by Clinton Edward.


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Lar Lubovitch: Bringing His Vision To Light

The dancers held their arms in position like those of a T-Rex, their elbows attached to their sides.  Their hands dangling in front of their stomachs, bending at the wrists and swinging back and forth, they ran through the circling sequence. Drops of sweat trickled down their foreheads and backs,  coating their shirts with a visible layer of moisture.  Lar Lubovitch sat at the front of the studio, at the edge of his seat, his heels lifted off of the floor as his toes kept time with the music. He folded his hands together anxiously as he analyzed his dancers moving through the sequence, preparing for the Claire Trevor School of Arts’ annual production, Dance Visions, which these dancers performed Feb. 22 to 25, Thursday through Saturday of last week.

Lubovitch originally choreographed his  piece “Marimba” in 1976. It is a traditional trance dance — rhythmic dancing sequences that are used to reach a new state of consciousness.  This was one of the first dances created with
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Dance Visions 2018 Mixes Art, Technology, and Choreography

DANCE VISIONS 2018 MIXES ART, TECHNOLOGY, AND CHOREOGRAPHY BY DANCE LEGENDS AT THE IRVINE BARCLAY THEATRE 

Irvine, Calif., February 14, 2018 - The University of California, Irvine’s Department of Dance will proudly present thrilling pieces by several prestigious choreographers in the annual event, Dance Visions performing from February 22-24 at the Irvine Barclay Theatre. The event consists of original works by UCI Distinguished Professors Lar Lubovitch, and Donald McKayle, along with Chad Michael Hall, Lisa Naugle, and video direction by John Crawford. Artistic collaborations include a performance by violinist/composer Mari Kimura, set design by Dipu Gupta, and lighting design by Lonnie Alcaraz. The event will also comprise the reconstruction of “The Kingdom of the Shades” a celebrated scene from Marius Petipa’s full-length ballet La Bayadère by Tong Wang and Diane Diefenderfer.

“The event Dance Visions is an opportunity for the
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Alumnus Joshua Romero, A Living Statue

“Sometimes people poke me to see if I’m real,” says Romero, who earned an M.F.A. in dance at UCI last year. Occasionally, he breaks character to surprise viewers. “I’ll open my eyes and wave, then go back to my pose. Or I’ll jump out and scare them,” he says.


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Alumnus Joshua Romero, A Living Statue

“Sometimes people poke me to see if I’m real,” says Romero, who earned an M.F.A. in dance at UCI last year. Occasionally, he breaks character to surprise viewers. “I’ll open my eyes and wave, then go back to my pose. Or I’ll jump out and scare them,” he says.

As a human statue, Joshua Romero gets paid to not move. Slathered in bronze, gold or marble-white body paint, he poses as Zeus, a cowboy, Rodin’s “The Thinker” and other sculptures at celebrity parties and corporate shindigs.

 


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Alumnus Sofia Carreras' Career A Dream Come True Despite Cancer Diagnosis

MFA Alumnus Sofia Carreras has shared the stage with Mikhail Baryshinikov and trained with the Sacramento Ballet, Capitol City Ballet and San Francisco Ballet. 

As a choreographer, Carreras has had work performed at New York's Lincoln Center and a far away as Varna, Bulgaria.

“I didn’t think, ‘I want to be a Prima Ballerina,’ like every other little girl,” she says. “I thought ‘I want to have a ballet school.’ Well now I’m a Professor of Dance at Riverside City College and I have a dance company, so that’s close enough to a dream come true.

In 2006, Carreras was five months into the pregnancy with her now 11 year-old son, Sebastian, when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. After five surgeries, nine months of chemotherapy and weeks of radiation, plus giving birth, Carreras was declared cancer free.

“It was a real battle,” says Carreras. “I was cancer free for about almost 10 years and a year and a half ago, the breast cancer returned, having
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Alumnus Sofia Carreras' Career a Dream Come True Despite Cancer Diagnosis

MFA Alumnus Sofia Carreras has shared the stage with Mikhail Baryshinikov and trained with the Sacramento Ballet, Capitol City Ballet and San Francisco Ballet.

As a choreographer, Carreras has had work performed at New York's Lincoln Center and a far away as Varna, Bulgaria.

“I didn’t think, ‘I want to be a Prima Ballerina,’ like every other little girl,” she says. “I thought ‘I want to have a ballet school.’ Well now I’m a Professor of Dance at Riverside City College and I have a dance company, so that’s close enough to a dream come true.

In 2006, Carreras was five months into the pregnancy with her now 11 year-old son, Sebastian, when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. After five surgeries, nine months of chemotherapy and weeks of radiation, plus giving birth, Carreras was declared cancer free.

“It was a real battle,” says Carreras. “I was cancer free for about almost 10 years and a year and a half ago, the breast cancer returned, having
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UW-Madison to host Performance Architect - Sheron Wray- as the Spring 2018 Arts Institute's Interdisciplinary Artists in Residence

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Arts Institute weclomes Sheron Wray as the Spring 2018 Interdisciplinary Artist in Residence. She will focus on interaction with students and their growth as interdisciplinary scholars, and her guest artists will engage with students and participate in public lectures. This plethora of engagement will challenge collaborators and audiences alike with new levels of awareness, extending beyond the scholarly realm to inspire creative living.


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S. Ama Wray named one of the CIES AD SIG Emerging Scholars

Prof. S. Ama Wray has been named one of the Comparative & International Education Society African Diaspora Special Interest Group’s (CIES AD SIG) Emerging Scholars. The award is given annually to exceptional scholars who are on the cutting edge and have the potential to make a contribution across the African Diaspora. 

The selection committee is comprised of highly accomplished scholars who are members of the CIES AD SIG. One panelist commented on Prof. Wray's works, “This author uses the arts and in particular dance to decolonize the curriculum and challenge traditional western/northern epistemologies. Dance is poorly served by theory that informs how we think about 'race', diaspora and their related politics, yet this scholar not only disrupts the status quo but offers innovative insights and concepts as pedagogical and critical tools.”

The CIES is dedicated to increasing the understanding of educational issues, trends, and policies through comparative, cross-
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Sheron Wray, Artist Residency with Wisconsin-Madison Interdisciplinary

"The Art of Improvisation" with Dr. Sheron Wray at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Spring 2018

This course will reveal how to apply improvisation methodologies to enable productive interdisciplinary collaborations, while also showing how to tap into your personal creativity, bound within everyday life. Students are expected to form an active and integrated web-based community to facilitate group research and sharing of resources. The class will combine practice-based workshops, interdisciplinary guest lectures, fieldwork, journaling, and performance.

Sheron Wray's residency is hosted by the Art Department with Faisal Abdu’Allah as lead faculty. Co-sponsors include the Departments of Art History, Dance, Afro-American Studies, and African Cultural Studies.


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