Zikr Dance Ensemble to perform on Adams State campus

(02-04-2013)

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Denver's Zikr Dance Ensemble will present one performance only at Adams State University. The event begins at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, on the Theatre Department's Main Stage. Tickets are free for AS&F; $12 general admission; $10 seniors; and $5 youth; call 719-587-8499 to reserve tickets.

Zikr Artistic Director David Taylor is well known to the Alamosa community through numerous tours to over the past fifteen years with his former company, the David Taylor Dance Theatre. His new company however, founded in 2009, has a very different focus. The Zikr Dance Ensemble repertoire springs from Taylor's life-long fascination with ancient cultures and dance as both powerful ritual and as a transcendent experience. His new company presents a variety of works from around the world that focuses on the spiritual aspect of dance. Zikr's roster includes some of Colorado's finest trained professional ballet dancers and the company has already presented successful Colorado performances to rave reviews in Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins, Grand Junction, Carbondale, Greenwood Village, Parker, and Crested Butte as well as in St. Paul, MN and Los Angeles, California.

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Zikr's latest performances in Pagosa Springs and in Crested Butte in late August of 2012 were both met with standing ovations. The Alamosa performance program will include dances based on the cultural and spiritual heritage of Tibet, Bali, the Mideast and central Asia. In addition Mr. Taylor's original choreography will also be featured in the fast-paced contemporary work,"Time's Up", in "Anasazi Dream" and in an excerpt from his nationally acclaimed production of "Rainforest". Also new will be two stunning sacred dances by G.I. Gurdjieff – "Walking Prayer" and "Ho Yah" – "Walking Prayer" was recently staged for Zikr by internationally known Gurdjieff movement teacher Amiyo Devienne.

Zikr's performances have been called " deeply moving….bringing the ancient to the new millennium…". Critics have hailed Artistic Director David Taylor's "depth of spirit and artistic vision, coupled with a degree of creativity that continues to awe."

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Don't miss the Adams State University performance of the Zikr Dance Ensemble. Get your tickets today by calling 719-587-8499. Sponsors of the Zikr Dance Ensemble Adams State performance include AS&F, Grizzly Activity Board, and Student Life.