Featuring a premiere work by renowned choreographer Robert Moses; dancers from around the country
Santa Fe, N.M.—June 20, 2014—The Greer Garson Theatre at Santa Fe University of Art and Design (SFUAD) will host the culminating performance for the Modas Repertory Workshop on Wednesday, July 2 at 7 p.m. The performance, free and open to the public, features a premiere work by renowned choreographer Robert Moses and highlights dancers ages 16-25 from New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Oregon, Illinois, New York, Florida and Costa Rica. New Mexico native Kelsey Paschichand other professionals will also showcase their works during the performance.
The 2014 Modas Repertory Workshop is co-produced with SFUAD and runs June 25-July 3 with participating faculty Layla Amis and Duncan Cooper of Modas Dance, Michael Rosales of Tae Talent Miami, SFUAD faculty Shannon Elliott, local master teachers Echo Gustafson and Jocelyne Danchick, and Moses as special guest choreographer. Since founding Robert Moses’ Kin in 1995 in San Francisco, choreographer Robert Moses has created numerous works of varying styles and genres for his highly praised dance company. He recently finished setting a world-premiere on Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., which premiered June 12. Moses’ work explores topics ranging from oral traditions in African American culture (Word of Mouth, 2002), the life, times, and work of author James Baldwin (Biography of Baldwin, 2003), and the dark side of contemporary urban culture (Cause, 2004), to the nuanced complexities of parentage and identity (The Cinderella Principle, 2010), and the simple joys of the expressive power of pure movement (Toward September, 2009).
For more information about the free performance, which is general admission, contact Amy Johnson at 1-505-473-6439. No tickets are required, and doors open one hour before showtime.
About Robert Moses
In addition to his work with Robert Moses’ Kin, Moses has choreographed for San Francisco Opera (La Forza del Destino, 2005), Philadanco, Cincinnati Ballet, Eco Arts, Transitions Dance Company of the Laban Center in London, African Cultural Exchange (UK), Bare Bones (UK), Oakland Ballet, Moving People Dance, and Robert Henry Johnson Dance Company, among others. He has choreographed for film, theater and opera, with major productions for the Lorraine Hansberry Theater, New Conservatory Theater, Los Angeles Prime Moves Festival (L.A.C.E.), and Olympic Arts Festival.
Robert Moses’ Kin has received significant funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, New England Foundation for the Arts, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, James Irvine Foundation, Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation, San Francisco Arts Commission, California Arts Council, San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund, and San Francisco Foundation, among others. The company is the recipient of three Isadora Duncan Dance Awards, the Bonnie Bird North American Choreography Award, the SF Weekly Black Box Award for Choreography, and the SF Bay Guardian Goldie Award in Dance. RMK has performed at many nationally esteemed venues such as the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Fall for Dance/City Center, Bates Dance Festival, Colorado Dance Festival and Black Choreographers Moving Toward the 21st Century. The company performs its annual home season at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
About Modas Dance
Modas Dance is new kind of summer intensive designed to promote diversity in young artists and encourage them to explore and discover their modus operandi, or method of operating. Modas brings master teachers from across the country specializing in ballet, contemporary and commercial dance, offering a variety of mediums and resources for young artists to explore and take advantage of while nourishing and cultivating each student’s unique talents. For more information, visit http://www.modasdance.com/.