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Stanford Report, April 26, 2000

Dance Division presents Full Out 2000

Stanford's ballet and modern dance students will join forces April 28-29 and May 5-6 to present an evening of new and repertory dances. Full Out 2000 -- the concert formerly known as Spring Migration -- will feature the return to the stage of Charles Moulton's "Another Way," Lily Wang's "Six Degrees," Kathy Pullen's "Part One: Others, Part Two: More" and Heidi Schweiker's "Tumbleweed." The performances will take place at 8:30 p.m. in Roble Dance Studio.

"Another Way," Moulton's richly enigmatic ensemble dance for Ohio Ballet, premiered in 1994 to critical acclaim. Moulton began his career as a tap dancer, was a member of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company and established himself as a postmodern choreographer in New York in the 1980s. He now resides in San Francisco and performs his own solo repertory. He also choreographs works for ballet and modern companies in the United States and abroad.

Schweiker and Wang are alumni of the dance program and both are active dance professionals in the Bay Area.

Schweiker's "Tumbleweed," an adaptation of neo-classical ballet excerpts, features music by Steve Reich and was commissioned by the Dance Division under the 1999 Alumni Choreography Project. It was re-staged this year in preparation for its performance as an adjudicated work at the American College Dance Festival, held recently in Long Beach.

Wang's "Six Degrees" is a hard-driving large group work that explores relationships with passion and delicacy. It is this year's Alumni Choreography Project. Stanford students have danced Wang's piece in concerts at Foothill College and several other Bay Area venues.

In "Part One . . ." Pullen, a graduate student in physics, uses music by Phillip Glass to underscore the high-energy piece. Pullen's choreography also was selected for adjudicated performance at the American College Dance Festival earlier this spring.

In addition to the alumni and guest works, the concert will include five other pieces choreographed by students. Those works have undergone a rigorous mentoring process.

"This concert is Stanford campus created. It is not art that is trucked in from somewhere else," said Tony Kramer, a lecturer in the Dance Division. "It heralds the mission of the Dance Division to get original work created by our students and Stanford itself."

The Dance Division offers a wide array of community performance ensembles dancing in styles ranging from classical ballet to modern and North and South American social dance forms. The program presents more than 32 performances annually.

Tickets for Full Out 2000 are available at the door on performance nights at $7 for general admission and $5 for students and seniors. SR