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Dancing to different beats

Members of Dance Theatre rehearse in the Davis Theatre at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. The spring concerts are 7:30 p.m. March 13-16.

The University of Wisconsin-River Falls Dance Theatre presents its annual spring concert March 13-16 at 7:30 p.m. in the Davis Theatre of the Kleinpell Fine Arts building.

The concert consists of a blend of faculty, guest and student choreography offering styles ranging from traditional dance of West Africa to contemporary modern dances.

Friday and Saturday performances will be accompanied by professional West African Drummer Fode Bangoura, former lead drummer with the acclaimed ensembles Les Ballets Africains and Les Merveilles de Guinea.

Guest choreographers and Dance Theatre alumni Ric Suarez, Brooke Gusa, Krya Scalan and Rana Kuebker, have created pieces that explore structures and family dynamics.

Mari Kline-Kluck of the UWRF dance faculty has choreographed two dances. "That Which Is Unspoken" incorporates projected animations that seek to connect the audience to the dancers' movement and allows the audience to experience the internal struggle expressed in the piece.

The projections are in collaboration with student dancer and visual artist Samantha Anderson and UWRF alumnus Jeffrey Cady, master projection designer and technician.

The concert also includes the work of professional guest artists Christopher LaPlante and Whitney McClusky.

The concert will include three solos, performed by student choreographers Marcus Dryer, Jacqueline Johnson and Emily Boettcher. The solos originated from individual studies in the dance composition class and have developed into completed dances.

Tickets are available through the University Box Office from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and will also be available each performance evening beginning at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 adults, $8 seniors, and $5 students.

At a glance ...

@brief/summary text:Who: University of Wisconsin-River Falls Dance Theatre

When: 7:30 p.m. March 13-16

Where: Kleinpell Fine Arts Davis Theatre

Cost: $10 adults, $8 seniors and $5 students.

More info: 715-425-3114