Celebrated Dance Company to perform at UWP

October 29, 2003

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2003_10_29.jpgPLATTEVILLE - Ailey II, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's acclaimed junior ensemble, will perform in the Brodbeck Concert Hall at 8 p.m. on Nov. 5 as part of the 2003-2004 UWP Center for the Arts Performing Arts Series.

Ailey II is an exceptional company that merges the spirit and energy of the country's best young dance talent with the passion and creative vision of today's most outstanding emerging choreographers. Ailey II began in 1974 as the Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble, when Alvin Ailey initiated a workshop composed of the most promising scholarship students from The Ailey School. Mr. Ailey handpicked the original members of the company from among that group.

Ailey II, which emphasizes a balance of repertoire, technique and performance, has become one of the most popular dance companies in the United States.

Under the direction of Sylvia Waters, Ailey II invigorates the American dance scene by offering unique opportunities for artists. Ailey II members have each completed advanced programs at The Ailey School and refine their technique while gaining invaluable performing and teaching experience during their tenure with the company (usually two years). Throughout its history, more than 50 Ailey II members have been selected to join the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Many others have gone on to pursue successful careers as dancers, teachers and choreographers with other professional dance companies, on Broadway and in schools.

In recent years, Ailey II's distinctive repertory has included works by dance masters Alvin Ailey, Talley Beatty and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Artistic Director Judith Jamison and such innovative choreographers as Donald Byrd, Shapiro & Smith, Shen Wei, Avila/Weeks, Lar Lubovitch, Kevin Wynn and Ulysses Dove. The company's 2003-04 tour consists of performances in approximately 40 United States cities.

Ailey II continues to win unmatched critical praise for its residencies at major colleges and universities and its visits to elementary, middle and high schools throughout the country. The company has received numerous honors, awards and proclamations in recognition of its community outreach programs. Showcasing the talent of the country's best young dancers, Ailey's critically acclaimed junior company brings exciting dance and innovative outreach programs to diverse communities throughout the country.

As with all events in the 2003-2004 UWP Center for the Arts Performing Arts Series, there will be a pre-show dinner as well as a free pre-show discussion with members of the ensemble. The discussion will take place in the Center for the Arts beginning at 7 p.m. The pre-show dinner will begin at 6 p.m. in the Velzy Commons of the Ullsvik Center and will feature an Italian themed meal for $12 per person. Dinner tickets should be purchased three days in advance of the show by calling the university box office at 608-342-1298.

All Performing Arts Series performances begin at 8 p.m. and tickets are available through the university box office in the Center for the Arts. Ticket prices for Ailey II are: UWP students $8; under 18 $11; senior citizens $21; UWP faculty/staff $21; general admission $23.

The university box office is open Monday - Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and can be reached by calling 608-342-1298. The university box office is located in the lobby of the Center for the Arts on the campus of the University of Wisconsin - Platteville at 700 West Main St. More information on the Performing Arts Series can be found at http://www.uwplatt.edu/arts/cfa.

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