Lily Cai Chinese Dance Company

February 28, 2003

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The UW-Platteville Center for the Arts Performing Arts Series will present the sixth event of the 2002-03 season on March 3 with the elegant, sensual and captivating Lily Cai Chinese Dance Company. From spectacular court dances of Chinese dynasties to contemporary works Lily Cai Chinese Dance Company fuses classical Chinese and ballet all complemented by dazzling costumes, original music, and multi-media designs.

Established in 1988, highlights of the group's performing career include a featured role in the Grateful Dead's concert celebrating the Year of the Dog at the Oakland Coliseum in 1994 and participating in the United Nations 50th anniversary celebration in San Francisco in 1995. The dance company has toured throughout the United States and Europe appearing at festivals, universities and community events including the Asian Pacific Performing Arts Festival and the International Dance Festival in Germany.

In 2003, the company will perform a new work, commissioned by the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, for its 25th anniversary celebration. Artistic Director Lily Cai is a native of Shanghai and former principal dancer with the Shanghai Opera House. Since arriving in California in 1983, Cai has choreographed dozens of new works and expanded traditional Chinese dance forms into contemporary choreographic and theatrical settings. Cai's strengths as a choreographer derive mainly from her ability to combine and integrate Chinese traditional, folk and classical dance with Western ballet aesthetics and American modern dance.

On the same evening of this performance, a pre-show conversation will be held with a member of the ensemble. The conversation will take place at 7 p.m. in the Center for the Arts and is free and open to the public. Reserved seats for this performance are $20 for general public, $18 for UWP faculty, staff and senior citizens, $10 for UWP students and $14 for children under 18. Tickets for this performance and all other Performing Arts Series events are available through the University Box Office in the Center for the Arts.

The University Box Office is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 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 W. Main St. More information on the Performing Arts Series can be found at http://www.uwplatt.edu/arts/cfa .

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