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FAU Presents the Repertory Dance Theatre Ensemble

BOCA RATON, FL (January 24, 2011) – The Florida Atlantic University department of theatre and dance presents the   Repertory Dance Theatre Ensemble on Friday, February 11, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, February 12, at 2 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, February 13, at 2 p.m. The program will feature Clarence Brooks, assistant professor and director of dance at FAU, along with Susan Fulks, formerly of the Charleston Ballet and Nashville Ballet. The event takes place in the University Theatre on FAU’s Boca Raton campus, 777 Glades Road.  Admission is $20, and group tickets may be purchased for $12. FAU students, faculty, staff and alumni, and children under 12 may obtain tickets for $15. Tickets can be purchased by calling 800-564-9539 or by visiting .

Brooks is celebrating his 30th year as a performer. For six years, he was a member of Anna Sokolow’s Players’ Project in New York City, one of more than 50 companies in which he was engaged. In honor of the centennial anniversary of Anna Sokolow’s birth, Brooks is performing the male solo from Anna Sokolow’s “Lyric Suite” (1954). Danced to Alban Berg’s music of the same name, it is considered one of the milestones in the modern dance canon. Louis Horst said “it speaks in abstract and stark simplicity, translating the qualitative moods of the music into penetrating and evocative movement designs.”

Brooks also restaged two etudes.  “Rooms Etude” is based on Anna Sokolow’s work “Rooms,” which deals with the isolation and alienation experienced by individuals in urban environments. In this etude, the dancers scamper around their rooms yearning to feel and be caressed. The second etude, Donald McKayle’s “Rainbow Etude,” was based on his “Rainbow ‘Round My Shoulder.”  It is a physically and rhythmically demanding dance to traditional American folk music built upon his research about prison chain gangs.

The program also features guest choreographers Stacee Lanz, who is presenting her latest work, a dance film exploring the symbiotic (and sometime mimetic) relationship of mankind to nature, and Deborah Kahan, who is presenting a wonderfully, light-hearted take upon a Don Quixote-like character taking on “real” imagined villains. The guest dancers include Haley Grosky, Amber Kirby, Elana Lanczi, Erica Marnell, Matthew Morrell, Stacey Todd and Zainab Turay.

For more information, contact the box office at 1-800-564-9539.

- FAU –

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