RICHARDSON, Texas (Feb. 17, 2006) — Beginning next week, students at The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) and Collin County Community College (Collin) will have the opportunity to work with master teachers from the innovative dance group Pilobolus Too. The joint residency program will conclude with two separate performances by the UTDance Ensemble and the Collin Dance Ensemble, both at 8 p.m., on March 3 and 4 in UTD’s University Theatre.
The groups will be lead by Pilobolus Too master teachers Matt and Emily Kent. UTD and Collin are hosting the residency in conjunction with Pilobolus’ education outreach program. UTD faculty members Monica Saba and Michele Hanlon will work with Collin faculty member Tiffanee Arnold and Pilobolus Too throughout the residency.
Created in 1996, Pilobolus Too has performed throughout the United States and Europe. The creative dance collective has been widely acclaimed for its choreography as well as its sense of humor and invention. According to the New York Times, Pilobolus Too is “a jewel-like distillation of Pilobolus spirit and history.”
UTD’s Hanlon proclaims the group “is world class and has a wonderful and distinct creative voice which the students will experience first-hand as Kent guides them in the development of a new work.” She also said “the opportunity to involve a greater community of students through our collaboration with Collin will enrich the experience for all participants and encourage cooperation in the arts.”
Kent also likes the community aspect of the residency. He noted, “First and foremost in a community project is the sense that we can all work together and make something serious out of play that is improvised. There is a sense of freedom that you can do whatever you want. It is very American that we make up our own rules and forge the way.”
Additional information about the production can be found at http://ah.utdallas.edu/season0506/pilobolus.htm.
Tickets for the show are $15 for general admission and free at the door to UTD and Collin students with a valid identification. UTD ticket office hours are from 2 to 5 p.m. Mondays–Fridays and at the door one hour prior to show time. For advance ticket purchases using Visa, MasterCard or Discover, please call 972-883-2552.
For information about the many musical, arts, theatre, dance and other performances and exhibitions held throughout the year at UTD, please call 972-UTD-ARTS (972-883-2787), e-mail [email protected], or visit the School of Arts and Humanities’ Web site at http://ah.utdallas.edu/. Persons with disabilities needing special accommodations may call 972-883-2982, Texas Relay Operator: 1-800-RELAYVV.
About Collin County Community College
Collin County Community College District serves more than 40,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs. The only public college in the county, Collin is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development.
The University of Texas at Dallas, located at the convergence of Richardson, Plano and Dallas in the heart of the complex of major multinational technology corporations known as the Telecom Corridor®, enrolls nearly 14,500 students. The school’s freshman class traditionally stands at the forefront of Texas state universities in terms of average SAT scores. The university offers a broad assortment of bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs. For additional information about UTD, please visit the university’s Web site at www.utdallas.edu.