Performing Arts Series Brings Contemporary Dance to Northern Nevada Communities


The Performing Arts Series at the University of Nevada, Reno, hosts the Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company in northern Nevada for a week of public performances, workshops and master classes in October.

Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, a world-renowned dance troupe, produces innovative, moving and compelling works that challenge the public’s perception of contemporary dance. They will spend a full week in Reno, building on last year’s virtual residency and working with dancers of all ages in a series of free events open to the public.

“We’re thrilled to be able to connect the same students who virtually danced with the company last year, with them again, but this time in person and for a much longer and even more impactful period,” Shoshana Zeldner, Head of program with the School of the Arts, said.

The residency begins with a visit to Natchez Elementary School on the Pyramid Lake Indian Reservation, where the company will perform for the 160 students. They will also hold a series of master classes with university dance students as well as two free dance workshops open to the public.

“We are able to provide free educational dance opportunities to students of all ages during their visit, ranging from the youngest family members to professional dancers of all ages. This is a rare opportunity for our community to interact with a professional dance company in such an immersive way, ”Zeldner said.

On Thursday October 14 at 7:30 p.m., the residency will conclude with a public performance at the Nightingale Concert Hall. The Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company will perform three stunning dance compositions, including the premiere of a work by Keerati Jinakunwiphat, Dance magazine 2021 “25 to Watch”, which shapes the dance world of tomorrow, as well as Student Suite, created by sought-after choreographer and designer Andrea Miller, of GALLIM. This performance will also be broadcast live.

The Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company will conduct Dance to play, Tuesday October 12 at 6 p.m., a free and fun workshop for children and adults to explore together the power of dance and music, through game-like movement prompts. Families and children of all ages and with all ranges of dance experience are encouraged to attend. This event is presented in partnership with Reno Little Theater and the David J. Drakulich Foundation for Freedom of Expression. Places are limited and pre-registration is required.

On Wednesday October 13, in partnership with the Department of Theater and Dance, the dancers and artistic director of the Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company will host a free and energetic master class focused on contemporary dance techniques. This course is suitable for dancers of all experience levels 16 years and older. Space is limited and pre-registration is required on the Performing Arts Series website.

The Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company’s repertoire ranges from minimalist dances to multimedia dances, bringing traditional and non-traditional spaces to life with performances that appeal to contemporary dance enthusiasts, to programs created for families to live together. Tickets are $ 31- $ 36 (adult), $ 16 (youth), and $ 5 (University of Nevada, Reno students). University student tickets must be purchased in person at the Lawlor Events Center or at the box office on the night of the show (at the event venue, opening one hour before the show). Tickets to stream live cost $ 18.

The Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company Residence is one of six artists featured in the 61st season of the Performing Arts Series. The fall performances will conclude with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center performing the full Brandenburg Concertos on Thursday, December 9. And the series will continue in February 2022 with the Irish group. Goitsé, together a cappella Sweet honey in the rock and jazz singer Michael mayo.

In addition to the Performing Arts Series, the School of the Arts presents the Reno Jazz Festival and Lake Tahoe Music Camp as well as world-class visual art exhibits, musical performances, theatrical productions, concerts by dance and public art events presented by the departments of Art, Music, Theater and Dance. The School of the Arts, along with the College of the Liberal Arts, encourage a large campus and community involvement in the arts through numerous performances, lectures, exhibitions, foundation courses and outreach activities that explore diverse cultures and encourage learning. throughout life. The School of the Art’s degree programs provide a solid foundation in a range of artistic disciplines, enabling students to contribute as artists, educators, and academics at the local level and beyond.

The 2021-2022 Performing Arts Series is funded in part by WESTAF (the Western Arts Federation); the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency; the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency; associate students of the University of Nevada and the Graduate Students Association. In-kind support is provided by CLM Design, Advertising, Interactive.

For more information on the School of the Arts, visit the site of the School of Arts, call 775-784-4278 or email [email protected]. Event information, news and photos are also available by following the School of the Arts Instagram, School of the Arts Twitter and School of the Arts Facebook page.

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