Bridging Bridges: a celebration linking cultures through dance

Published: April 16, 2007 | Read Time: 2 minutes

The SUU College of Performing and Visual Arts presents: Bridging Bridges April 25, 2007, 7:30 pm, in the SUU Multi Purpose Center Dance Studio (MC116). Tickets are available at the door, and are $5 for General Admission and Free for SUU Students with a valid SUU I.D.

Bridging Bridges is an intimate, enriching multi-cultural evening of art, culinary delight, and dance featuring Chien-Ying Wang of Repertory Dance Theatre and Associate Proffessor of Dance Paul C. Ocampo from Southern Utah University. The concert will feature works by Wang and Ocampo as well as commissioned works by acclaimed choreographers Susan Hadley, Professor at Ohio State University; Douglas Nielsen, Professor at University of Arizona; and Brent Schneider, Professor at University of Utah. This unique dance-theatrical performance will treat audience members to a glimpse of the exotic Philippines, stimulating the visual, auditory, gustatory, and olfactory senses. It will also feature Salt Lake City visual artist Mattson McFarland, James Baker, and David Ruhlman. Woven into the fabric of the experience are cords of multiculturalism, gender studies, and revival of folk rituals. These elements are bound together through both live and video performance, displayed both with and on bodies.

CHIEN-YING WANG hails from Taiwan. She is a full-time member of Repertory Dance Theatre. Before coming to the United States, Wang danced professionally with Taipei Ballet Company and Join Dance Company. She has worked with Zvi Gotheiner, Susan Hadley, Tandy Beal, Stephen Koester, Scott Rink, Molissa Fenley, Kathryn Posin, and many others. In 2006, Wang was awarded the Salt Lake City Arts Council Project Support Grant to present Bridging Bridges.

PAUL C. OCAMPO has choreographed and performed with the Ballet Philippines for 7 years and with Singapore Dance Theatre from 1990-1999. He has also performed extensively and participated in numerous international dance festivals. He was awarded the Shell-NAC Young Artist Award and is a recipient of scholarships from National Arts Council (Singapore), Lee Foundation (Singapore) and Howell Dance Fund. In 2007, he was awarded the Utah Arts Council Individual Artist Project Grant and SUU Provost Faculty Development Grant to present Bridging Bridges.

Bridging Bridges is funded in part by Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts & Parks program, the Utah Arts Council, the Salt Lake City Arts Council, and the Southern Utah University Provost

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