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April 11, 2014

Expect the unexpected with OU’s Contemporary Dance Oklahoma



Derrick Minter, also a director and choreographer for the show, will be featuring his newest work titled “Radar,” a piece derived from collaborating with sculptor Sohail Shehada. Minter’s second piece for Contemporary Dance Oklahoma is titled “Antiphonal,” another sure surprise.

A highlight of the evening features a piece by special guest choreographer and dancer, Jessica Lang. Lang, a graduate from The Juliard School with a decorated career as a successful choreographer, visited the OU school of dance to teach students her piece Solo of Nine Parts. OU modern performance dance junior, Brenna Adkison, described the experience with Lang as beautiful and enlightening. Adkison is one of the nine dancers that will be performing in Lang’s lengthy piece.

Like any collaborative process, the preparation for Contemporary Dance Oklahoma comes with its ups and downs. Adkison said the dancers can spend up to 12 hours a day in the studios, rehearsing and perfecting the dances for the upcoming production.

“You can’t even understand the discipline of dance until you are in college,” Adkison said. “It is not just part of your life, it is your life and lifestyle. You are a dancer always.”

Tickets are $22 for adults, $18 senior adult, OU faculty and staff, and military, and $14 for students. To purchase tickets call or visit the OU Fine Arts Box Office at 405-325-4101, located at 500 W. Boyd St. in the Catlett Music Center.

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