Wayne State Dance presents 83rd Spring Concert

February 15, 2012

DETROIT (Feb. 15, 2012) - The Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance at Wayne State University celebrates its 83rd year of providing high-quality professional dance training, education and performance opportunities. The department is pleased to announce its 2012 Spring Concert, entitled Merge. There will be two performances, Friday, March 2 and Saturday, March 3, both at 7:30pm at the Bonstelle Theatre in downtown Detroit.

The 2012 Spring Concert, Merge, features ten diverse new dance works choreographed by nationally renowned guest artists, WSU faculty members and WSU students. The Fall 2011 Maggie Allesee Artist in Residence, French choreographer, Julie Bour, brings her poignant rendition of a common fairytale, including captivating digital video projections by French multi-media artist Gilles Papain. The Winter 2012 Allesee Artist in Residence, Nathan Trice, brings the powerful Sketched/Sketching, a group work with dynamic layers of movement and striking individualism. Both sought-after choreographers had extensive performing careers, Bour with Angeline Preljocaj among others and Trice with Momix, Complexions and Donald Byrd.

Faculty works include Jeff Rebudal's vibrant tribute to the 1980's entitled Decade, Meg Paul's playful and touching Entrées and Karen Prall's exciting establishment of WSU's new African Dance Workshop company with her work Introducing. Student works include WSU Dance Workshop students Nicholas Caramagno's Gridlock, Ellisa Marsack's After You, Brandon Richardson's Leggo, Christyn Sherban and Mikayla Hendry's Tactics and dance major Adam McGaw's Distance.

General admission, students and seniors, for the Spring Concert is $12. Tickets will be available for purchase at the Theatre and Dance Box Office, located in the Hillberry Theatre, 4743 Cass Avenue at Hancock Street, and online at Tickets will be available at the door for $15. The box office is open Tuesday through Saturday, 2:00-6:00pm and opens 30 minutes prior to performances. The Bonstelle Theatre is located at 3424 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201.

Wayne State University, located in the heart of Detroit's cultural center, is a premier institution of higher education, offering more than 400 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to nearly 32,000 students. The recently merged Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance is a vital division of Wayne State's College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts and carries on a tradition of leadership in dance education.