School of Dance Presents 2011 Dance Company Gala Concert

Posted: March 23, 2011 at 1:03 am, Last Updated: March 22, 2011 at 7:36 pm

By Jill Graziano Laiacona

The George Mason University Dance Company performing "Ehad Mi Yodea" by Ohad Naharin. Photo by Evan Cantwell

“I hold George Mason University’s dance program in high regard … the program is really doing something right,” says legendary choreographer Mark Morris about the Mason Dance Company, which presents its 2011 Gala Concert at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall on the Fairfax Campus at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 25, and Saturday, March 26.

These highly anticipated annual performances showcase the repertory company of dancers at the start of their professional careers, performing a program of four contemporary choreographic masterpieces.

The program includes:

  • Ohad Naharin’s powerful “Ehad Mi Yodea,” a work that the Israeli-born choreographer created in 1990 as his first piece as artistic director of the Batsheva Dance Company.
  • Susan Shields’ energetic “Sunlit Song,” set to a score by Polish composer Wojciech Kilar. “Sunlit Song” premiered at Mason in 2001. Shields is a professor in Mason’s School of Dance.
  • Lar Lubovitch’s gorgeous “Dvorak Serenade,” a piece that premiered in New York in 2007. Lubovitch formed the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company in 1968.
  • Robert Battle’s dazzling “Promenade,” which premiered in 2005. Battle is set to direct the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater this July.

For further program information, call the School of Dance at 703-993-1114 or visit

Tickets are $20 for adults and $12 students and seniors. To purchase tickets, please visit the Center for the Arts Box Office, open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., or charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit

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