JIN-WEN YU DANCE & the UW-MADISON DANCE DEPARTMENT present “Transit,” a world contemporary dance concert exploring modes, images, and meanings of movement rarely seen in Madison. The concert includes Yu’s award-winning “Passage,” a video dance choreographed and filmed by renowned dance artist Wendy Woodson, a solo by dance artist Collette Stewart, and new work by Yu.
Tickets are $18 for the general public, $10 for students and seniors. Advance tickets are available through the Wisconsin Theater Box Office: http://uniontheater.wisc.edu; go to the box office at University Theater, Vilas Hall on East Campus Mall, 821 University Avenue; or by phone at (608) 265-2787. Remaining tickets will be available at the door in Lathrop Hall starting one hour before the evening’s performance. All tickets are reserved seating. For press inquiries, please call (608) 262-2353.
“…throughout the concert he demonstrates that he’s achieved mastery. His mastery…give(s) him the right to propose a moral vision…he’s a leader.” –Chicago Reader
After two years traveling in South America, Jin-Wen Yu creates and premieres “Transit,” a four-section contemporary rendition of Astor Piazzolla’s tango music. This 20-minute world contemporary dance combines balletic and contemporary dance with South America dance flavors. Dancers wear socks to explore greater dimensions and possibilities of movement and expression.
“Passage,” an award-winning group piece, is set to the vocal music of the Bulgarian Female Vocal Choir. This dance delivers the ritualistic sensibility of a community of women using stones to symbolize fertility and primary energy. Yu will also present two pieces featuring UW student dance artists—“Fresh Ground” which was shown at last year’s faculty concert and a new dynamic group piece “Repent or Repeat.”
Guest artist Collette Stewart will present “Thirst,” a solo that investigates the balance of quick movement, easy stillness and candid text merging to form a spacious inquiry of individual need and resourcefulness. Yu also choreographs a solo on top Wendy Woodson’s dance video “Transit,” featuring footage of Yu’s journey of inquiry.
This concert is partially supported by the UW-Madison Graduate School, the UW-Madison Dance Department, and Friends of Jin-Wen Yu Dance.