SUU dance concert ‘Public Displays’ to include choreography from Burch Mann’s American Folk Ballet

Composite image. Inset image of dancers by Tori Duhaime and courtesy of Southern Utah University, St. George News / Cedar City News

CEDAR CITY — Featuring choreography from faculty, students and guest artists, Southern Utah University’s department of theatre arts and dance will present “Public Displays: An Original Choreographed Dance Concert.” The concert opens Friday in the Randall L. Jones Theatre and runs select days and times through Feb. 9.

According to a press release from SUU, the pieces in Public Displays are an interpretation of the choreographer’s experiences and observations, and a lot of hard work, heart, soul and dedication go into these performances.

Averi Christiansen, a junior majoring in dance performance and marketing, said the best part about being one of the choreographers for Public Displays is seeing all the “working parts” come together.

“When the dancers’ hard work pays off, when the lighting design accentuates the movement, and the costume adds to the mood of the piece, I can’t help but be happy that my choreographic vision has come true,” Christiansen said in the press release. “Southern Utah University’s Dance Department is making its name in the dance world, thanks to the talented faculty members. Dancers are training longer, harder, and are being prepared to enter this field of work.”

Christiansen encouraged the community to attend the show not just to be entertained but also because “culture relies on the the arts!”

Public Displays will also feature Burch Mann’s original choreography from the repertoire of the American Folk Ballet restaged by Lise Mills. “A Night at Big Bill Broonzy’s” and “Rampart Street Parade” are two of the energy-filled dances that will be performed.

Burch Mann loved the ragtime tap and ballroom style that inspired these dances, the press release stated, adding that each year the department of theatre arts and dance at SUU presents a Burch Mann masterpiece to assure her extraordinary talent is not lost. These dances are sponsored in part by Rocky Mountain Power.

Tickets to the concert are $10 for adults, $8 for alumni with card and $5 for youth. SUU faculty, staff and students can get in free with a valid ID card. Tickets can be purchased at the America First Event Center Box Office, at the door the night of the performance, or online.

Event details

  • What: SUU department of theatre arts and dance concert “Public Displays: An Original Choreographed Dance Concert.”
  • When: Feb. 1, 2, 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee on Feb. 2 and 9.
  • Where: Randall L. Jones Theatre, Southern Utah University campus.
  • Tickets to the concert are $10 for adults, $8 for alumni with card and $5 for youth. SUU faculty, staff and students can get in free with a valid ID card. Tickets can be purchased at the America First Event Center Box Office, at the door the night of the performance, or online.

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