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Bill Evans Dance Company Guests with the FAU Dance Theatre Ensemble

BOCA RATON (January 11, 2010) – The Florida Atlantic University department of theatre and dance is pleased to announce the Bill Evans Dance Company as the featured guest dancers for the second annual FAU Dance Theatre Ensemble. The performances, which feature guest artists and contributions from faculty in dance, theatre, music and visual arts and art history, will take place on Friday, February 5 and Saturday, February 6 at 8 pm and Saturday, February 6 and Sunday, February 7 at 2 p.m. in the University Theatre on FAU’s Boca Raton campus, 777 Glades Road.  Admission is $16 and group tickets may be purchased for $12.  Tickets can be purchased by calling 800-564-9539 or by visiting

“We are thrilled that we will have the Bill Evans Dance Company here at FAU,” said Clarence Brooks, director of FAU’s dance program. “This company was at one time the most-booked professional dance troupe in the United States.  To have them here is a real coup.”

Evans has a long history of performance and teaching, and has received many awards. Included among these awards are the Guggenheim Fellowship and several choreography fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The production will include three works by Evans. These are the hauntingly lyrical dance poem “Saintly Passion” to Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Saint Matthew Passion; “Impressions of Willow Bay,” an ode to the mysterious beauty of the Pacific Northwest performed to David Sannella’s commissioned score; and “What’s Your Story, Morning Glory?” a nostalgic, witty solo to the music of Glenn Miller and His Orchestra.

Other performances include Charles Weidman’s tribute to Doris Humphrey entitled “Brahms Waltzes,” which will be danced by a small ensemble, and Clarence Brooks will interpret the late Leni Wylliams’ “Sweet in the Morning” to Bobby McFerrin’s same-titled-composition.  The program includes premieres by choreographer Stacee Cooney, as well as a collaborative effort with the renowned design artist Rick Valicenti.

For further information about the performances, call 561-297-3810 or email

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