February 23, 2006

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Molissa Fenley and Dancers will perform Hemispheres Friday, March 3, at 8 p.m. in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University. Tickets for the performance are $20. The performance will include live music written by Anthony Davis and played by him and other musicians under conductor Alan Johnson.

"Hemispheres was a seminal work of the avant-garde when it was premiered in 1983 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, one of New York's major venues for artistic exploration and experimentation.

"The revival of the complete work offers a remarkable opportunity for audiences to experience this engrossing piece of dance music theatre. It will be wonderful to see it on the Weis Center stage, while hearing the music live in the outstanding acoustics of the hall," said Bill Boswell, executive director of the Weis Center.

A distinguished professor at Mills College in California since 2000, Fenley has choreographed more than 50 individual dances and been commissioned to create works for numerous companies, including Peter Boal, Ohio Ballet, Elisa Monte Dance, and Deutsche Oper Ballet Berlin. She has held National Endowment for the Arts fellowships and received grants from a score of foundations which support dance.

Davis is best known for his opera X, The Life and Times of Malcolm X, premiered by the New York City Opera in 1986. He also composed the music for the Pulitzer Prize-winning Angels in America. He is a respected jazz performer as well as a lauded composer.

A free meet-the-artist open rehearsal and talk with members of the dance troupe will be held Thursday, March 2, at 7 p.m. on the Weis Center stage.

Tickets for the Friday night Weis Center performance are available in person from the Campus Box Office in the Weis Center weekdays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and one hour prior to events. Tickets also are available by calling 570-577-1000 or online at http://www.bucknell.edu/boxoffice/

The 2005-06 season of Weis Center events is made possible in part by generous funding from the Bucknell University Association for the Arts and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Additional support for the series is provided by numerous and generous private donors including members of the Weis Center Green Room Circle and Green Room Board.

Story posted Feb. 23, 2006


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