The Performing Danscompany, advanced performance group of the University of Utah modern dance department, will present a concert on May 6 and 7 at 8 p.m. in Kingsbury Hill, assisted by the U. of U. Percussion Ensemble.
The program is a tribute to Elizabeth R. Hayes, professor and former chair of modern dance.Guest choreographer Douglas Nielsen, a New York dancer, choreographer and teacher, has restaged his duet, "L'Anniversaire," inspired by Marc Chagall's painting "The Birthday," with music of Rossini. Singers Mary Ann Dresher and Dale Griffa will assist, with David Van Alstyne at the piano. Nielsen has choreographed widely in North America, Europe and Australia; he is now teaching at the University of Arizona in Tucson.
From Phyllis Haskell, chair of the modern dance department, comes "Ibis," inspired by the vanishing tropical bird of scarlet plummage. Music by Phil Faini will be played by the Percussion Ensemble.
PDC artistic director Loa B. Clawson will premiere a new work inspired by the astrological signs, with visual media by the Salt Lake Planetarium, costumes by Janet R. Elam, and score, "Forests of the Sun," by Tim Clark for percussion and tape. Also programmed is "Overlay," (Clawson-1974) restaged for this program.
Performing Danscompany regularly represents the Mountain Region of the American College Dance Festival at its national festival in the Kennedy Center. The company will represent the U.S in the International Festival of Dance in Hong Kong in July.
The Percussion Ensemble, conducted by Douglas J. Wolf, is the current winner of the Percussive Arts Society National Competition, and has finished first in the Utah Percussion Festival for the past eight years.
Tickets for the concert are $6, or $3 for students and seniors, and may be purchased in advance at the Kingsbury Hall box office, 581-7100, or at the door.