Event Name: Tu Dance

Date: Oct 20, 2019
Start Time: 02:00 am
Event Type:
Cost: Tickets: $24-$34 (discounts for students, seniors, military, MPR)
Contact Person: The O’Shaughnessy Box Office
Contact Phone: (651) 690-6700
Address: The O'Shaughnessy at St. Catherine University 2004 Randolph Avenue, Saint Paul, MN
Event Website: http://theoshaughnessy.com
Contact Email: anne@aquamn.com

Friday & Saturday, October 18-19 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, October 20 @ 2 PM
ASL- Friday, October 18
The O’Shaughnessy at St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Avenue, Saint Paul
Tickets: $24-$34 (discounts for students, seniors, military, MPR)
Box Office: theoshaughnessy.com or 651-690-6700

TU Dance, a leading voice for contemporary dance and acclaimed for its diverse and versatile artists, returns to The O’Shaughnessy for its 16th Season fall concert with two Twin Cities premieres by Artistic Director Uri Sands, who deftly translates ideas about art and human experience into choreographic portraits through an integration of modern dance, classical ballet, African-based and urban vernacular movements. TU Dance will be on stage Friday and Saturday, October 18-19 at 7:30 PM, and Sunday, October 20 at 2 PM.

Something Amber, originally commissioned by Alonzo King LINES Ballet Training Program, is a full company work inspired by an illustrious string composition by neoclassical composer Vladimir Martynov. Its world premiere was performed in San Francisco in 2012.

Tracks (2018), a full company work set to the legendary sounds of R&B music’s The O’Jays, references history’s embedded markings, wounds and scars, life’s pathways created or followed, and the regimen of building the railroad; manual labor and persevering despite life’s challenges, in an effort to create better tomorrows. Tracks, originally commissioned by Ailey II, premiered in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, and was also performed in New York.

The program includes a reprisal of Sands’s Salve (2017), originally commissioned by Ballet Memphis and set to the music of Gavin Bryars. A meditative work for eight dancers created by weaving together interactions and exchanges between performers, Salve illustrates the idea of healing through the simple action of coming together.

Repertory favorite Clear as Tear Water (2005), a solo by Ronald K. Brown originally created for Toni Pierce-Sands, will also be performed. The piece explores the balance of a woman’s vulnerability and strength as she is supported by generations of women before her.

TU Dance’s fall concert is part of The O’Shaughnessy Presents series. Tickets are $24-$34 with discounts for students, seniors, military, MPR, TPT and groups of 10 and more. For more information and tickets, contact The O’Shaughnessy Ticket Office at 651-690-6700 or online at theoshaughnessy.com. The O’Shaughnessy at St. Catherine University is located at 2004 Randolph Ave. in Saint Paul.

TU Dance
Toni Pierce-Sands, Artistic Director
Uri Sands, Artistic Director and Resident Choreographer

Kaitlin Bell, Taylor Collier, DaJuan Johnson, Jacob Lewis, MerSadies McCoy, Samantha Meryhew (Apprentice), Alexander Pham, Randall Riley, Amanda Sachs, Alexis Staley, Christian Warner

TU Dance Company Showing
Friday, October 4, 5:30-6:30pm
TU Dance Center
2121 University Ave West, Saint Paul 55114

Founded in 2004 by Toni Pierce-Sands and Uri Sands, TU Dance has garnered audience and critical acclaim for its diverse repertory, versatile artists, and for performances that are engaging, dynamic and generous. Modern dance, classical ballet, African based and urban vernacular movements are combined in inventive and unpredictable ways to provide opportunities to experience the connective power of dance.

In its 16-year history, TU Dance has consistently performed to enthusiastic and sold out audiences, including the 1,900-seat Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in Saint Paul. The company has also enjoyed local and national recognition, including Star Tribune’s Artists of the Year, the inaugural Princess Grace Award in Choreography, DANCE Magazine’s “25 to Watch,” City Pages’ 2011 Artists of the Year, “Best Dance Company 2014” by Minnesota Monthly and multiple Sage awards for outstanding performance. TU Dance was awarded the 2011 Sally Ordway Irvine Award for Initiative and was named as “Best Dance Company of 2016” by the Star Tribune, and “Best Dance Company” by City Pages-Best of the Twin Cities 2019. In 2017, TU Dance began a collaboration with Grammy-Award winner Justin Vernon and Bon Iver, creating Come Through, an evening-length work featuring new music from Justin Vernon and new choreography by TU Dance Artistic Director Uri Sands that premiered with sold-out performances at the Palace Theatre in St. Paul followed by performances at the prestigious Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles and the Paramount Theatre in Seattle. Come Through was commissioned and produced by The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Liquid Music Series for its April 2018 world premiere, with additional project support from The City of Saint Paul Cultural STAR Program and the Knight Foundation Arts Challenge – Saint Paul.

2011 saw the opening of TU Dance Center, realizing a vital part of Toni and Uri’s vision to establish a welcoming hub for rehearsals, dance education and training in Saint Paul. Now in its ninth year, TU Dance Center offers year-round educational programming for dance students of various ages and levels of experience. http://www.tudance.org

Toni Pierce-Sands (Artistic Director) Prior to co-founding TU Dance, Minnesota native Toni Pierce-Sands performed with Minnesota Dance Theatre, Tanz Forum in Germany, Rick Odums in Paris, and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, where she was a featured soloist in such signature pieces as Revelations, Cry and Rainbow Round My Shoulder. Her command of the Horton Technique has led to teaching posts throughout the United States and Europe. Toni directs programming and teaches classes at TU Dance Center in Saint Paul. She was a full-time core faculty member at the University of Minnesota for twenty years and also served as Director of University Dance Theatre. Toni has been featured in COSMOPOLITAN Germany and GQ publications, the American Express Alvin Ailey commercial and the Lester Horton Technique instructional DVD series. She has written columns for Dance Studio Life magazine on a variety of pedagogical approaches for modern dance. Toni was awarded a 2004 McKnight Artist Fellowship in Dance, named the Sage Awards’ “2011 Outstanding Dance Educator” and recognized with a 2013 Links Emerald Service Award for service in the arts. She was named as a 2015 USA Fellow, receiving the Knight Fellowship in Dance together with TU Dance co-founder Uri Sands. Toni was selected as a mentor for the 2018 Dance/USA Institute for Leadership Training and as a panelist for the 2018 Dance Miami Choreographers’ Program.

Uri Sands (Artistic Director and Resident Choreographer) has received national recognition for choreography that is notable for the fusion of classical elegance with edgy contemporary action, for pulsating intensity with poetic lyricism. A native of Miami, Uri performed as a principal dancer with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater for five years, Philadanco, Minnesota Dance Theatre, James Sewell Ballet, as a guest artist with Complexions under the direction of Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson, and as a principal dancer with North Carolina Dance Theatre. His recent choreographic commissions include, among others, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, Alonzo King LINES Ballet BFA at Dominican University of California, Ballet Memphis, Dance St. Louis, VocalEssence, Zenon Dance, Penumbra Theatre, North Carolina Dance Theatre and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Uri was named City Pages’ 2011 Choreographer of the Year, and was awarded a Princess Grace Award in choreography, a Joyce Foundation Award, a McKnight Artist Fellowship in Choreography and the 2015 USA Knight Fellowship in Dance.

Located on the scenic main campus of St. Catherine University, The O’Shaughnessy is one of the Twin Cities’ premiere venues for showcasing the arts. Since opening in 1970, The O’Shaughnessy has presented a dazzling array of both local and national performing arts companies, including the Minnesota Orchestra, The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, James Sewell Ballet, TU Dance, The Indigo Girls, Joan Baez and countless others. In addition, the venue hosts public events, student and community performances and features multicultural programming with an emphasis on dance, music and theater. Known for its dedication to artistic development and collaboration, the venue has premiered over 400 new works by local and national artists. The O’Shaughnessy is the home of the Women of Substance series, which showcases the artistry and innovative work of women, both prominent and emerging in their fields, whose voices need to be heard. theoshaughnessy.com

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