Wright Center to Host Alabama Dance Festival Jan. 27-30

Posted by Sean Flynt on 2012-01-17

Samford's Wright Center will partner with The Alabama Dance Council to present several public performances as part of the Fifteenth Alabama Dance Festival Jan. 27-30. This largest dance event in Alabama celebrates the diversity of dance and provides community engagement in the art of dance. This year the Festival has expanded to twelve days and features six performances, sixteen free community dance classes, and over sixty master classes for professional and pre-professional dancers.

Public performances include Brazz Dance Theater Jan. 27 and EVIDENCE Jan. 28, both at 8 p.m. in Wright Center, with a pre-performance talk Inside the Dance at 7:35 p.m. each night. The closing performance for the Festival is the Alabama Dance Showcase on January 29, 2:00pm, at the Wright Center. The Showcase features dance companies from Alabama, Mississippi and Georgia.

Tickets for all performances are available from the Samford University Box Office at (205) 726-

2853. Prices are $10-$45, with weekend package discounts up to 20 percent. Tickets also may also be purchased online at www.alabamadancefestival.org.

 The Alabama Dance Festival at Samford University  

Friday, January 27 

Brazz Dance Theater, under the artistic direction of Augusto Soledade, offers a colorful blend of Afro-Brazilian and contemporary dance with the pieces Kayala, based on the Afro-Brazilian folktale How Night Came from the Sea, and Soledade's newest piece Cordel, a blend of Argentine Tango, American Hip-hop culture, and the Brazilian literary tradition of Cordel. Birmingham-based Hip-hop artist Winston Strickland and spoken word artist Sharrif Simmons will perform with the company in Cordel. 

Brazz Dance Theater School Matinee, Free Admission 

10 a.m., Wright Center 

Brazz Dance Theater 

7:35 p.m., Inside the Dance, a Pre-Performance Talk

8 p.m., Wright Center

$45, $30, $20; Students $15

Saturday, January 28 

Deeply rooted in the proud, rich, and sometimes painful and controversial issues of African and African-American cultural identity, Ronald K. Brown, Artistic Director of EVIDENCE, A DANCE COMPANY, creates dances that illustrate through movement, music, and text his expression of the cultural and societal issues and history that have shaped us as a society and individuals. In his newest work, On Earth Together, inspired by the timeless music of Stevie Wonder, he sees “…a commitment to making the world a better place: a loving and compassionate place to celebrate a world-view." 


7:35 p.m., Inside the Dance, a Pre-Performance Talk

8 p.m., Wright Center

7:35 p.m., Inside the Dance, a Pre-Performance Talk

$45, $30, $20; Students $15

Sunday, January 29 

Alabama Dance Showcase 

2 p.m., Wright Center

General Admission: $17; Students $10

Monday, January 30 

EVIDENCE, A DANCE COMPANY School Matinee, Free Admission 

10 a.m., Wright Center


ABOUT SAMFORD UNIVERSITY -- Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 3rd among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,509 students from 45 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.