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DanSynergy VII Original Eclectic Dance Explores Poignant Human Emotions

February 06, 2015 | Press Releases

Ballet Spartanburg’s DanSynergy VII will present original and eclectic dance performances Friday and Saturday evenings, February 20 and 21, at Chapman Cultural Center that will explore poignant subjects. Shows start at 8 p.m., and ticket prices range from $15 to $25.
 
The evening will consist of three unique statements of humanity through dance. The first will be a piece danced to music by African-English composer Samuel Coleridge Taylor and based on the works of African-American writers W. E. B. Dubois and Paul Lawrence Dunbar. Second in the program will be a dance work by Cuban choreographer Nelson Reyes, based on the stories of Cubans trying to immigrate to America. Last on the program will be a dance piece inspired by courageous stories of cancer survivors.
 
An annual event, DanSynergy was created and inspired by Carlos Agudelo, Ballet Spartanburg’s Artistic Director. Agudelo’s vision of collaborating with local visual artists and musicians to create a synergy of eclectic dance has become the most eclectic, versatile, and cutting-edge dance event in the Upstate. DanSynergy is an eclectic fusion of dance styles featuring collaborations with regional and national artists, creating unique, compelling, and powerful messages through contemporary dance.
 
“This season, DanSynergy VII explores the journey of cancer from the moment a patient is diagnosed, to the powerful new technologies available in healthcare, to the triumph of hope and survival,” Agudelo said. Inspired by stories and conversations with cancer survivors, Agudelo has found a connection with those who have shared their experiences. "The creation of a dance work that explores the trajectory of cancer survivors is one of the unique ways in which Ballet Spartanburg stays relevant to today's society. Part of our vision is to create transformative experiences for both artists and Spartanburg audiences."
 
DanSynergy will be videotaped and made available to patients with cancer. “The video of the piece we hope to share with patients and families at the Gibbs Cancer Center and Research Institute while receiving treatment will add a sense of calm and beauty to the environment,” Tom Jennings, Executive Director of Ballet Spartanburg, said. “Dance is a healing art form and this is a remarkable collaboration with technology and art.”
 
“We are thrilled that this particular production will be accessible to those who are survivors, to those who may recognize their journey through the beauty of ballet,” Teresa Hough, Development Director, said. “The emotion and the choreography are exquisite. What is most important in this particular production is the uplifting power of unconditional love between a husband and wife in the time of need. Gibbs Cancer Center and Research Institute is honored to provided 200 tickets to cancer survivors to attend the performance.”
 
In addition to using the dance talent of Ballet Spartanburg’s professional ballet company and its students, 2015 Hub-Bub artist-in-residence theater artist Anna Abhau Elliott is collaborating on the evening’s performance.
 
DanSynergy VII is sponsored by J M Smith Foundation, PhiferJohnson Foundation, Susu and George Dean Johnson, Cynthia Moseley in remembrance of Carlos Moseley, and Kurt and Nelli Zimmerli.
 
For tickets, call 864.542.ARTS or go online: ChapmanCulturalCenter.org.

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