Temptation of the Muses set for March 7

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UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL ARKANSAS

CONTACT: Jerry Biebesheimer, (501) 450-3682; jerryb@uca.edu

February 18, 2013

TEMPTATION OF THE MUSES SET FOR MARCH 7

By Dannielle Douglas

College of Fine Arts and Communication Media Office

CONWAY — Nai-Ni Chen Dance and The Ahn Trio will perform together in Temptation of the Muses on March 7 as part of UCA Public Appearances’ season at the Donald W. Reynolds Performance Hall.

The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m.

While the three sisters of Ahn Trio play live on stage, the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company will be propelled by the music and slide across the stage in movements of grace. The performance will be held together with the strings of the Trio’s instruments and decorated by the sheer beauty and choreography of the dancers.

As the music plays on, without missing a beat, the dancers are trained to embrace the entirety of the stage.

“They have taken this act one step further by interacting with the musicians and their instruments,” said Ashley Love, director of finance and marketing for UCA Public Appearances.

The two performance groups came together with the assistance and assurance of their shared booking agent. The new group was no longer two separate acts; they were married into a harmonious combination.

The Ahn Trio sisters were born in Seoul, South Korea, educated at the Juilliard School and are renowned for the implementation of the music of living composers. Nai-Ni Chen is one of the very few established Asian-American choreographers who meld the dynamic freedom of American modern dance with the stoic discipline of the Chinese classical arts.

According to The New York Times, the performance is “like endlessly proliferating forces of cosmic energy.”

According to www.events.timesunion.com, “[They] fuse the dynamic freedom of American modern dance with the grace and splendor of Asian art. It integrates new music and original dance in a performance inspired by the poem A Word for Freedom, by Latif Nazemi.”

Tickets available at the UCA Ticket Central Box Office, range from $30-$40, $10 for children, and are free for UCA students with a current student I.D. (limit of two tickets). For tickets, call (501) 450-3265 or toll free from anywhere in Arkansas at 1-866-810-0012 or visit www.uca.edu/reynolds.

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