FEED THE ARTS | Scholarship Luncheon


Utah Valley University’s Contemporary Dance Ensemble presents “Structures,” March 4-6, 2010 at 7:30pm in the Ragan Theater, featuring works of artistic director Doris Hudson de Trujillo, and nationally and internationally acclaimed guest choreographers: Todd Allen, Charlotte Boye-Christensen, Monica Campbell, Heather Colledge Gray, Stephen Koester, and Titos Sompa.
“Structures” relates to the physical and abstract aspects of human life and interaction. The works within the concert reflect each choreographer’s unique point of view and connections to the concept. Founded in 2006 by Associate Professor of Dance Doris Hudson de Trujillo, Contemporary Dance Ensemble is a pre-professional level modern dance company at UVU.
Doris Hudson-Trujillo’s new work, “On The Other Side,” explores our propensity as a society to build defensive walls. This work was conceived as the wall between Mexico and the United States was erected, and further informed during CDE’s recent tour to Spain. The work is rich with imagery and dynamic motion.
“Bridge,” choreographed by Ririe-Woodbury’s Artistic Director, Charlotte Boye-Christensen, features guest performances by Joe Blake, Juan Carlos-Claudio and Wilson Domingues. The work creates a frequently crossed line of division between men and women resulting in a variety of physical entanglements.
Stephen Koester, Associate Professor of Dance at the University of Utah and former Co-Artistic Director of Creach/Koester, an all male dance company based in New York City, has choreographed a work set to the music of Robert Mendoza, structured largely around the concept of a tag team duet.
“Untethered,” a new work by Monica Campbell uses a set that defines and structures space. The work is spatially alive with motion that accentuates the framework of the structure. Monica is a former dancer of the Diavalo Dance Company and a current adjunct faculty member at UVU.
Ballet choreographer, Heather Colledge Gray, premieres her first piece, “Sculpting Solidarity,” with an intriguing animal-like movement. Heather was a principal dancer with the Het National Ballet and is currently Ballet Mistress for Utah Regional Ballet.
Founder and Artistic Director of Mbongi Dance Theater Project, Titos Sompa, choreographed “Kisingu,” a piece that celebrates life through the traditional Congolese rhythms and movement of Zebolah Mutwashi, and Ganza. These rhythms, which signify healing, fertility, and rite of passage will be played live by Kaz Spiers, local drummer and artisan, and Kim Strunk, Associate Professor of Dance at UVU.
Todd Allen’s, ”In Between Counts,” is a work that relates the similarities we find in other people as things come together and fall apart. Todd is a former member of RDT and has been dancing in NYC as a performing artist with notable companies such as the Mark Morris Dance Group and Mark Dendy.
Tickets may be purchased at Campus Connection, located in the Sorenson Student Center, 801.863.8797. Prices are $10.00 for students and faculty and $12.00 for the general public.

Tutus, Triptychs, Timpani and Two-Minute Soliloquies

Join us for the Second Annual School of the Arts Concert!


In recognition of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, UVU President Matthew Holland and Associate Dean Dan Fairbanks will give a unique lecture on the life and perceptions of the United States’ 16th president. President Holland, a renowned scholar on early American political development, will deliver thoughts on historical perceptions of Lincoln while Fairbanks, a skilled artist, simultaneously sculpts a life-size portrait bust of the former commander-in-chief.
The one-hour lecture will be held at noon Friday, Feb. 12 in UVU’s Ragan Theater. Following the lecture, a reception honoring Lincoln will be held at UVU’s Woodbury Art Museum, which is located at the University Mall in Orem. Both events are free and open to the public.
During the lecture, President Holland will share insights on Lincoln from the perspective of a lifelong student of early America. Fairbanks, who comes from a long line of artists, will join him on the stage to sculpt a bust of Lincoln throughout the lecture. Afterward, the reception at the Woodbury Art Museum will highlight a collection of historically important statues of Abraham Lincoln, including works by American sculptors Augustus St. Gaudens and Avard T. Fairbanks.
“These depictions of Abraham Lincoln have special historical significance, and we are delighted to share them with the community on a day when we remember the nation’s 16th president,” Fairbanks said.
Lincoln was born on Feb. 12, 1809, in rural Kentucky. He served as president from March 1861 until he was assassinated in April 1865. Perhaps his most notable accomplishment was preserving the union in the face of unprecedented political divisiveness and civil war. As a scholar, Holland has argued that Lincoln’s blend of Puritan and democratic insights helped him pursue an agenda of civic charity in spite of the considerable challenges he faced while in office.
“Abraham Lincoln is one of the transcendent figures in American history,” Holland said. “He understood the importance of civic bonds, and he dedicated his presidency to preserving that ideal. He eschewed individualism, insisting instead on charity for all. Without his dedication and perseverance, this country would be considerably different today.”