Zodiaque Dance Company 49th Season Fall Program
Friday 20th Oct, 2023 → Sunday 22nd Oct, 2023

UB Center for the Arts
103 Center For The Arts Buffalo, NY 14260
Time: varies, see description
Cost: $7 - $22
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Friday, Oct 20th
Saturday, Oct 21st
Sunday, Oct 22nd

Co-Directed by Kerry Ring and Michael Deeb Weaver

Choreographers: Michael Deeb Weaver, Autumn Eckman, Joshua Ikechukwu, Chanon Judson, Ariel Nereson, Thomas Ralabate, Kerry Ring, Jeff Shade, and Jenna Zavrel

Oct. 20 - 21, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 21, 2023 at 2 p.m. & Oct. 22, 2023 at 2 p.m.*

UB Center for the Arts

Drama Theatre

$22 Adults | $17 Seniors/Veterans/UB Employees

$12 Students | $7 UB Students (Ticketmaster fees apply when purchasing online.)

Tickets: https://www.ticketmaster.com/search?q=ub%2Bcenter%2Bfor%2Bthe%2Barts%2Bzodiaque%2Bfall

The 49th fall program Celebration Rising includes diversified choreography in jazz, tap, African drum and dance ensemble, modern and contemporary dance works performed by current UB dance majors who are members of the pre-professional Zodiaque Dance Company. 

The show is under the co-direction of faculty members Kerry Ring and Michael Deeb Weaver. Choreographers include Ring, Deeb Weaver and dance faculty members Ariel Nereson, Tom Ralabate and Jenna Zavrel. Dance faculty Chanon Judson, in collaboration with UB Music Professor George Caldwell, will restage excerpts of Urban Bush Women’s Walking with Trane. Urban Bush Women Co-Artistic Director Mame Diarra Speis and original cast member Stephanie Mas will also be part of the restaging team.

The concert is punctuated by the contributions of second year MFA candidate Joshua Ikechukwu and guest choreographers Autumn Eckman (former Assistant Artistic Director, Giordano Dance Chicago) and Broadway veteran Jeff Shade (Chicago, Sweet Charity).

*UB Dance Day is Sun. Oct. 22. All standard ticketing options are available plus a special $32 UB Dance Day Ticket, which includes:

·         A participatory pre-show workshop for ages 14 and up in the UB Center for the Arts Dance Studios (Rooms B82 & B82 in the basement of building).  Arrive at noon in the hallway outside of the Dance Studios (rooms B82 and B84) for check-in.

·         A dance class focusing on movement presented in the 2pm performance, and observation of company warm up, plus Q&A with UB dance majors. No specific dancewear required. Come dressed to move!

·         Admission to "Zodiaque Dance Company 49th Season Fall 22 Program" 2 p.m. performance in the Drama Theatre.

·         Questions: Email Professor Kerry Ring: kring2@buffalo.edu

An October 20, 10:30 a.m. performance for students (grades K-12) and senior groups is available by reservation at (716) 645-6921.

WALKING WITH 'TRANE (2015) Created and Co-Choreographed by Urban Bush Women Founder/Visioning Partner Jawole Willa Jo Zollar and veteran UBW dancer Samantha Speis in collaboration with Talvin Wilks and the UBW Company. WALKING WITH 'TRANE offers two unique experiences, SIDE A and SIDE B, inspired by the musical life and spiritual journey of John Coltrane, a composer at the forefront of jazz innovation in a racially-charged America of the 50's and 60's. Informed by the unpredictability of the bandstand, the "Band State," the scary, risky place that potentially extends into "transcendence," this ethereal investigation lives within multiple layers of Coltrane's music, Coltrane's spirituality, Coltrane's life ... Choreography by Jawole Willa Jo Zollar and Samantha Speis in collaboration with The Company.

The UB Arts Collaboratory and the UB Department of Music are contributing sponsors towards Improved Journeys, a transdisciplinary faculty research project that includes the creative activity centered on WALKING WITH 'TRANE.

The UB Theatre and Dance 2023-2024 season is sponsored in part by Fox Run at Orchard Park, celebrating its fifth year in support of THD. www.foxrunorchardpark.com

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