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Momentum Features Contemporary Choreography

For release: April 12, 2013
For press information, contact Kimberly Rogers at 901.678.4164.

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Continuing the tradition of excellence and creativity in dance, the University of Memphis Department of Theatre and Dance will showcase inspiring contemporary choreography by faculty, guest artists and alumni during Momentum April 26-27 at 7:30 p.m. in the Michael D. Rose Theatre on campus.

Momentum will include new work by choreographers Ebone Amos, Dorse Brown, Jana Pate, Nancy Kline, Ondine Geary, Tamara Prince-Parrish and Wayne Smith, who will provide an eclectic mix ranging from classical ballet to hip hop. Admission is free, and parking is available in the Zach Curlin parking garage, adjacent to the theatre.

Ebone Amos choreographed a piece for an ensemble cast for her piece, “The Eve of Innocence.” Themed “Tonight, We Are Young,” her work features the song “That Home/To Build a Home” by Cinematic Orchestra. Amos graduated last year from the U of M with a Bachelor of Professional Studies in Dance Education.

Dorse Brown, who graduated from the U of M with a Bachelor of Music and concentration in Recording Technology, will present a piece inspired by a variety of songs including “Boogie Woogie” by Kruder & Dorfmeister and “Natalie” by Bruno Mars. In his number, he examines the importance of shelter to people, both literally and spiritually.

Accomplished dancer Jana Pate choreographed piece, “limbs&branches” will explore interpersonal relationships and the human tendency to categorize, label and divide. Pate graduated Summa Cum Laude from the U of M with a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Minor in Dance.  She has worked with members of David Parsons Dance and Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, as well as Ariana Debose from “So You Think You Can Dance.”

Known as “Ms. Nancy” to her students and colleagues, Nancy Kline is a talented and dedicated teacher and coach who joined the U of M Department of Theatre and Dance faculty in fall of 2012. Her piece, “Lilac Fairy Variation from ‘The Sleeping Beauty’ Ballet,” will feature music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky. During her more than 20 years of dancing professionally, Kline has been co-artistic director and principal dancer of Memphis Classical Ballet and principal dancer of Memphis Concert Ballet (Ballet Memphis).

An instructor of Dance at the U of M, Ondine Geary concert offerings include a duet and solo. Her duet, “Your Blinded Hand,” explores our shared vulnerability and the fear that often arises when confronted with our impermanence. Originally choreographed in 1999, the solo piece called, “House Cat,” is a playful solo inspired by the original choreographer’s beloved pets.

Choreographer Tamara Prince-Parrish will perform a special solo titled, “If I Leave Before You,” inspired by a poem from local poet Mikii “Gran Gran” Hooper. She also choreographed a two-dancer number in the concert called “Explosion.” Prince-Parrish earned her B.F.A. in Theatre with a Dance concentration from the U of M where she is an adjunct professor of Dance. In addition, she is artistic director of Bridging Souls Productions.

U of M Dance Instructor Wayne M. Smith, who holds a B.F.A. of Theatre with a Dance concentration from the U of M, will present a contemporary dance piece for six women, using an electronic and acoustic musical score by Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Nota. Smith is a choreographer and producer with SmithWorks, his own company, and a long-time instructor, choreographer and performer with Memphis-based Project:Motion Dance Collective.

The Department of Theatre & Dance at the University of Memphis offers a BFA in Theatre with concentrations in performance, musical theatre and design and technical production as well as an MFA in Theatre with concentrations in directing and design and technical production. For more information, contact Alice Berry at 901.678.3184 or

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