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Music to My Feet: Ballet and Jazz Performance at SUU

Published: January 24, 2008 | Category: Arts

Widely acclaimed choreographer Susan Hadley will join critically acclaimed recording artist Bradley Sowash in presenting WEDUNIT! Making a Jazz Mystery Ballet: American Culture Reflected in Dance and Music as part of Southern Utah University’s Convocation Lecture Series on Tuesday, January 29 at 11:30 AM in the SUU Auditorium. This innovative collaboration of artistic genres will both fascinate and entertain.

Susan Hadley has choreographed new work for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Repertory Dance Theatre, American Repertory Ballet, BalletMet Columbus, Ballet Pacifica, Ballet Memphis, OSUDance, Drums Downtown, and Contemporary American Theatre Company. Hadley is a professor in the renowned Department of Dance at The Ohio State University, where she received the 2002 Colleges of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teaching Award and the 2006 OSU Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching.

Composer, critically-acclaimed recording artist and concert jazz pianist Bradley Sowash has delighted listeners of all ages in concert halls and churches throughout the United States and Europe for over two decades. His broadcast credits include national radio airplay on NPR’s "Morning Edition" and he has been a regular guest on the PBS-TV series The Piano Guy since its inception. His publications include jazz hymn arrangements published by Augsburg Fortress Press and educational jazz piano books published by the Neil A. Kjos Music Company and Houston Enterprises.

Hadley and Sowash began collaborating in 1984 at Dance Theatre Workshop in NYC, and their latest work is WhoDunIt? for BalletMet, where pink tulle meets film noir.

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