Pianist Philip Thomson, new work by French choreographer on program for UA Dance Company

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Akron, OH — The University of Akron Dance Company (UADC) presents its Spring 2015 performances April 16 and 17, 7:30 p.m., at E.J. Thomas Hall, 198 Hill St., Akron.

The program will include a piece accompanied by internationally acclaimed pianist Philip Thomson. It also includes the world premiere of a work by guest choreographer Alexandre Munz of France. Munz, known for his SAFE Project — Spine Advanced Functional Empowerment — will be on the UA campus in March to set his new work, “Youth with Caution,” on the UADC dancers.

The piece, says Munz, “pays homage to the immense potential and the promises that lie in our internationally interconnected youth.”

In developing the piece, Munz will work with the UA dancers by using what he calls SAFE Graphysiology, his innovative sensory approach that employs mental imagery to create movement. While on campus, Munz will also teach his SAFE Floor and SAFE Barre techniques to students. For more information, visit www.thesafeproject.net.

The UADC spring performances will also feature original works by UA dance faculty Robin Prichard, Cydney Spohn, and Tom Smith. Prichard has choreographed a piece with the title “Breathe Together, Breathe Apart.” Smith is exploring earth, wind, fire, and rain using the music of J.S. Bach in his modern work “Elements.” Spohn’s piece, a mix of romantic style ballet and contemporary movement, will be accompanied on stage by Thomson, a faculty member in the UA School of Music.

Tickets in advance and at the door are $14 for general admission, $12 for seniors, UA faculty/staff/alumni, and $7 for students. Call the Thomas Hall ticket office at

(330) 972-7570 or visit www.uaevents.com.

PRESS RELEASE From: School of Dance, Theatre, and Arts Administration
The University of Akron
Contact: Lauren Sprowls, (330) 972-7895 or             Administration.arts@gmail.com

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