Weekend pick: Contemporary Dance Ensemble at Fresno State

Fresno State

Fresno State’s annual spring dance concert from the Contemporary Dance Ensemble is under the artistic direction of Kenneth Balint. Here’s a rundown:

The theme: This year’s concert is titled “Covenants.” It presents dance works that examine many different aspects of contemporary life, Balint says. “Commitment, strife, understanding, contentment, and enjoying a great slice of pizza, to name a few,” he says.

The program: Six new dance works.

The choreographers: Along with Balint, the concert features choreography by Sonoma State University professor Farrah McAdam, Moving Arts Dance Artistic Director Anandha Ray, Fresno State professor Kenneth Balint, and student choreographer in residence Zachary Segovia.

The ensemble: It includes Nicholas Castro, Khalil Curry, Sahar Das, Megan Evans, Zachary Garcia, Sarah Holm, Jessica Lopez, Loretta Mimms, Cristian Perez, Fabian Perez, Jose Ruiz, Zachary Segovia, Dalaiah Towns, Robert Vaca and Blia Xiong.

Performances: “Covenants” opens 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, and continues through Saturday, Feb. 22, in the John Wright Theatre. Tickets are $17 for adults; and $10 for all students.


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