Turtle Island Quartet and Luna Negra Dance Theater to perform Danzón Sept. 11

August 20, 2010

Turtle Island Quartet and Luna Negra Dance Theater will perform Danzón, a historic Cuban dance, Saturday, Sept. 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the Center for Faith and Life main hall.

Tickets for the performance go on sale Thursday, Sept. 2 at the Luther College Box Office, (563) 387-1357, open 9-10:30 a.m. and 11a.m.-3 p.m. on weekdays with extended hours on Thursdays until 7 p.m.

Tickets may also be purchased online on or after Sept. 2 at http://boxoffice.luther.edu. Tickets are priced at $23, $21 for seniors age 65 and over and $15 for youth ages 4-18.

Danzón is the opening performance in a list of Center Stage Series performances. Following the performance there will be a lobby reception/celebration for all.

As part of their visit to Luther, Luna Negra Dance Theater will hold a Latin dance workshop at 10:30 a.m. in the Regents Center dance studio. This workshop is open to the public and there is no charge for admission.

Luna Negra will teach students the basics of salsa, meringue and cha cha and lead them through the culture of Latin social dance.

Turtle Island Quartet will hold a master class at 10:30 a.m. in the Jenson-Noble orchestra room. This master class is open to the public with no charge for admission to participate or observe. Registration is required; to register email Susan Peterson, peterssu@luther.edu, to receive music for participating. The workshop will be lead by original members David Balakrishnan and Mark Summer and will explore technique, improvisation and composition.

The national dance of Cuba and grandparent to the cha cha, salsa and rumba, danzón is an old dance transformed into a bold, spectacular new work of Latin-inspired ballet partnered with string music.

The program for this performance includes two dance pieces in addition to Danzón: Nube Blanco (White Cloud) and Flabbergast. Flabbergast has been added to the program to highlight the work of their new artistic director Gustavo Ramirez Sansano.

Turtle Island Quartet will accompany Luna Negra's performance of founder and original artistic director Eduardo Vilaro's newly choreographed Danzón. Danzón is a commission of the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center at the University of Notre Dame and the Music Center at Strathmore.

Luna Negra's distinctive style blends the discipline of ballet and the dynamic movements of contemporary dance with the explosive energy of Latin and Afro-Carribean dance forms. In partnering with Turtle Island Quartet, Eduardo Vilaro took this traditional and quintessentially Cuban dance form and reinvented it as a modern work of art.

Luna Negra Dance Theater creates, performs and teaches contemporary dance by Latino choreographers. Luna Negra brings to audiences modern Latino expressions of music with energy, power and passion. The company currently has works in their repertoire by choreographers from Argentina, Columbia, Venezuela, Cuba, Mexico and Spain. For information on Luna Negra Dance Theater visit http://www.lunanegra.org.

The Turtle Island Quartet has created bold, new trends in chamber music for strings in which they combine classical quartet sound with contemporary American musical styles. They have won two Grammy Awards for Best Classical Crossover Album.

In Turtle Island Quartet's most recent recording "Have You Ever Been…," they perform works by legendary guitarist, songwriter and performer Jimi Hendrix as well as other compositions reflective of and inspired by Hendrix's music. For more information on the Turtle Island Quartet visit www.turtleislandquartet.com.  

Danzón is sponsored in part by Luther College Diversity Council.

Upcoming performances in the 2010-11 Center Stage Series include American Brass Quintet on Sept. 24 and Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience on Oct. 5.


To learn more about upcoming performances in the series, visit the center stage website at http://centerstage.luther.edu.