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The Old Dominion University dance program presents the first Choreographers' Showcase Concerts, featuring regional and local artists, at 8 p.m. Oct. 30, 8 p.m. Nov. 1 and 2 p.m. Nov. 2 at ODU's University Theatre, located on Hampton Boulevard between 46th and 47th streets.

The Oct. 30 program is a concert of dances by winners of the first Old Dominion University Dance Competition for Choreographers from Hampton Roads. The concert includes original modern dance choreography by Beverly Cordova Duane of the Second Wind Dance Company and by independent choreographers Elbert Watson and Todd Rosenlieb. These works focus on a variety of themes, including the oppression of women, the experience of women whose husbands are in the military and a tribute to Sammy Davis Jr. Also featured will be a variety of ethnic dance forms, including fiery flamenco by Las Majas and Quiana Erb, elegant classical Indian dance by Malini Srirama, and explosive African dance, with live drum accompaniment, by Ofosuwa M. Abiola.

The Nov. 1-2 concerts will feature dances by the winners of the first Old Dominion University Dance Competition for artists from the Mid-Atlantic region. The concert includes artists from Virginia, North Carolina and Washington, D.C. Dances include a humorous duet by the Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre and a mystical dance to original Vietnamese music by Jane Franklin Dance. Also featured is an elegant ballet pas de trois by Bowen McCauley Dance from Arlington, and innovative works by Richmond's Starr Foster Dance Project, Greensboro's 2Btribe, and local artists Elbert Watson, Todd Rosenlieb and Las Majas (flamenco). This program offers unprecedented exposure to innovative artists and
companies from the Mid-Atlantic Region.

Tickets are available at the door or in advance at the Arts and Letters Box office in Chandler Recital Hall, 683-5305. Prices are $10 for general admission, $8 for students and seniors, and $5 for ODU students. For more information about the concert, call 683-3002 or 683-4354.

This article was posted on: October 3, 2003

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