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Oct. 11, 2013/For Immediate Release, high res. photos available

Media contact for UNCSA: Lauren Whitaker, 336-734-2891, whitakerl@uncsa.edu

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 October 25 program includes taped versions of two dance performances, plus original dance film

(Winston-Salem)  “Dance Fantasies,” a three-part program showcasing the exceptional skill, talent, and creativity of the students of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) will be broadcast on UNC-TV at 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 25. The program includes taped versions of two dance performances from Spring 2012 – Act Two of Swan Lake and Larry Keigwin’s Kingdom --   and an original dance film written, performed and produced by students.

“This program encompasses the classical and the cutting edge,” said UNCSA Executive Producer Katharine Laidlaw. “Essentially three stories told through dance, it showcases the talents of our musicians, filmmakers, actors, designers and technicians as well,” she said.

UNC-TV viewers statewide are in for a great treat with “Dance Fantasies,” said Shannon Vickery, Director of Production for UNC-TV. “We are proud to once again showcase the very talented students, faculty and staff at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.  We value our partnership with UNCSA to provide excellent performing arts programming to all North Carolinians,” she added.

The classical staging of Act Two of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake is performed to live music by UNCSA students in the orchestra pit. Swan Lake originally premiered in 1877, though most dance companies base their staging on the 1895 revival. Act Two tells the story of Prince Siegfried, who happens upon a flock of swans while hunting and discovers the beautiful swan-maiden, Odette. An evil sorcerer has cursed Odette so that she is a swan by day and a woman by night.

The cutting-edge Kingdom by up-an-coming choreographer Keigwin was created on UNCSA dance students in 2009, said Associate Dance Dean Brenda Daniels. “It is a short and splashy dance mash-up of high energy ballet and contemporary moves. It is a tremendously fun and exciting piece,” she said.

The dance film, MOLLY UNDER THE MOON, premiered in May 2012 at UNCSA and was screened at the Munich International Festival of Film Schools in November 2012.  A sculptor waits -- hidden deep in a forest amongst his statues -- for his girlfriend, Molly. Their rendezvous is cut short when the statues come to life by the light of the moon and the sculptor has to decide whether his passion lies in his work or in his love.

The film was a collaborative effort between all five of UNCSA’s arts schools. It was written, directed and produced by students in the School of Filmmaking, with sets, wig and makeup by Design and Production students. Choreographed by a Dance student, it was performed by students from the School of Dance and the School of Drama. A student composer wrote the score, which was performed by students with a graduate student as conductor.

Dance Fantasies” is the third collaboration between UNCSA and UNC-TV, made possible by a half-million-dollar grant from The A.J. Fletcher Foundation of Raleigh with generous support from the Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts and the William R. Kenan, Jr. Fund for the Arts. The first collaboration, UNCSA’s all-school musical Oklahoma!, was performed live and taped in Spring 2011 and aired on UNC-TV that Fall.

Larry Keigwin’s Kingdom, Spring Dance 2012 (photo by Peter Mueller)

Act Two of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, Spring Dance 2012  (photo by Peter Mueller)

A scene from the original student film MOLLY UNDER THE MOON (photo by Steve Davis)

“The broadcast won a national award from the National Educational Telecommunications Association. The second, UNCSA’s Spring 2012 production of Much Ado About Nothing, featuring the world premiere of Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s score, was broadcast in April 2013.

We greatly appreciate the hard work that has gone into creating ‘Dance Fantasies’ and the other UNCSA programs that we have broadcast,” said Tom Howe, director and general manager of UNC-TV.  “UNC-TV contributes its high-definition, state-of-the art mobile production unit to this partnership, and we believe the resulting programs enrich the lives of our viewers.”

As America’s first state-supported arts school, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts is a unique stand-alone public university of arts conservatories. With a high school component, UNCSA is a degree-granting institution that trains young people of talent in music, dance, drama, filmmaking, and design and production. Established by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, the School of the Arts opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.

UNC-TV is North Carolina’s member-supported, 12-station statewide public television network committed to bringing life-changing television to all North Carolinians. For more information, visit www.unctv.org.