Dancers to perform March 26
The Zenon Dance Company of Minneapolis will perform at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 26, at the Schwan Community Center for the Performing Arts at Marshall High School.
The show will highlight a weeklong residency with the Southwest Minnesota State University dance team and the Southwest School of Dance youth dancers (grades 5-8).
Doors for the performance open at 6 p.m. Tickets are available at the door only. Cost of the show is $5 for adults, $3 for students under age 18 and free to SMSU students with a Mustang ID card.
The Zenon Dance Company is a modern and jazz dance repertory company renowned for its artistic virtuosity, emotional intelligence and inspired excellence. Working with talented emerging choreographers as well as internationally renowned masters, Zenon continually redefines and pushes dance standards in Minnesota.
The concert will feature SMSU and Southwest School of Dance students performing with the dance company in new, original work choreographed by the Zenon dancers and students.
The residency and performance are supported by a Minnesota State Arts Board Arts Tour Minnesota grant. The SMSU dance team is also sponsoring the event.
Under the direction of Linda Andrews, one of the most powerful choreographic voices in Minnesota, Zenon builds its eclectic repertoire by commissioning significant works from acclaimed American choreographers such as Bill T. Jones, Doug Varone, Bebe Miller, Tere O'Connor, Danny Buraczeski and Sean Curran.
In addition to new choreography performed by the students and Zenon dancers, the Zenon Dance Company will perform a trio of vibrant works from its recent repertory, including: "Picnic, Lighting," a black and white world a dramatic interactions; "Not From Texas," a hoedown throwdown; and Elegant Echoes," featuring seven dancers who ooze, glide, jitter and jive in homage to the 1920s jazz era.
The company has received rave reviews from publications like the New York Times, Village Voice, Dance Magazine, Minneapolis Star Tribune, St. Paul Pioneer Press, and City Pages. Zenon has also received the McKnight Excellence in the Arts Award, the Twin Cities Mayors' Public Arts Award and has been deemed the "Best Dance Company" multiple times by City Pages.
Zenon also operates a dance school that welcomes all dancers regardless of age, ability, or experience. Independent instructors teach a wide range of dancers from the nationally renowned to the beginning child or adult.
For more information, contact the SMSU Student Activities Office at 507-537-6394.
African Night Friday at SMSU
Southwest Minnesota State University will host its second annual African Night from 7-9 p.m. Friday in the Conference Center ballroom.
SMSU has 65 African students representing 12 countries and they will present a number of cultural performances, including dancing, singing, poetry, public speaking and a fashion show. SMSU students will give several African dance demonstrations, and a dance party will follow the African Night events.
There will be light snacks available. African Night is free and open to the public.
For further information, call 507-537-6699.