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ARCOS Dance Repertoire Concert & Reception for the Opening of the TCA Bar

Double your fun at the Taos Community Auditorium on Friday the 7th of June. Beginning at 6 PM there will be a celebratory “Cheers to the TCA” bar opening reception followed by a ticketed TCA Presents event ARCOS Dance at 7:30 PM.

“Cheers to the TCA” is a celebration to kick off the culmination of two years of work between the Town of Taos and the TCA to acquire a liquor license to better serve patrons with wine and beer during events at the Taos Community Auditorium. This endeavor will also financially assist the TCA in providing programs and services to our community. Refreshments will be served, drinks will be discounted and a ceremony to commemorate the event will be conducted. Come and celebrate with us and stay for an amazing evening of contemporary dance.

 ARCOS Dance is a professional contemporary dance company based in Austin, TX and Santa Fe NM. ARCOS combines cutting-edge choreography with equally evocative music, video, and theater elements to push past the lines that separate artistic disciplines and to innovate distinct new forms. The TCA presented ARCOS Dance in October of 2011 and are thrilled to be able to bring them back to Taos for a concert featuring new works and existing choreography by Artistic Director Curtis Uhlemann and Associate Artistic Director Erica Gionfriddo.


There will be 2 premieres on the program. The first is a new solo work on founding company member, Katie Hopkins, set to Chopin's Nocturne in E Flat Minor. Currently untitled, this work experiments with movement quality and vocabulary and highlight's Hopkins' nuanced understanding of the company's style.

The second premiere on the program will be DOMAIN. This work in progress explores the company's use of multimedia by incorporating a projector into the space with the dancers, both as a projection and a light source. The piece deals, in broad strokes, with the evolution of humanity - from atoms exploding into the universe, to the invention of tools, to a couple's struggle to maintain their connection amidst the distraction of so much technology. The world premiere of the evening-length work DOMAIN will take place in Austin, TX in November 2013.

Also on the program are Directors, Uhlemann & Gionfriddo in their sensual and minimalist duet 1 of 5, and the emotionally charged To Have Everything, set to Eliot Gray Fisher's "There", which he will play live on piano. Rounding out the show are two older solos showcasing the company's lead dancers, the dynamic quartet with chairs Glass Walls, and the sweeping duet Artemes & Apollo, performed by sibling company members Elle & Wes Jansen.


Originally from New York, Curtis Uhlemann began performing nationally at age eleven and began formal dance training at age 19. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, summa cum laude, in Modern Dance/Dance Science and Injury Prevention from Brockport College. While at Brockport, he received a full scholarship to the American Dance Festival at Duke University, where he studied and performed the works of such esteemed teachers and choreographers as José Limón, Betty Jones, Lisa Race, David Dorfman, Paul Taylor, David Parsons, and Mark Morris.

As a choreographer, Curtis' work has been shown throughout the United States and most recently in Europe, where it received great acclaim from the government of Spain. His choreography has received recognition in Dance Magazine as a stand out for its exceptional use of space layered with visceral movement and a keen sense of musicality.

A native of Enfield, CT, Erica began her dance training at age 16 and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance Performance and Choreography, cum laude, from Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, VA. She has worked in residency with Second Wind Dance Company, Ekilibre Dance, and toured internationally in Spain and Taiwan. After a short apprenticeship she joined Moving People Dance in 2007 where she performed repertoire from resident choreographers and guests Robert Moses, Gail Gilbert, Arturo Fernandez, and John Lehrer.

As a choreographer Erica is heavily influenced by the work of Robert Moses, Juliu Horvath and her artistic partner and mentor, Curtis Uhlemann. Her work tends toward emotional expression through aggressive partnering, asymmetrical staging, and her exploration of intention and quality with each performer.

ARCOS Dance at the Taos Community Auditorium: ARCOS Dance will be presented in Taos by Taos Center for the Arts on Friday, June 7 at 7:30 PM.

Tickets are $15 for TCA members, $20 general admission and $10 students 18 and under. Tickets can be purchased by calling the TCA office at 575-758-2052 or at the door, 45 minutes prior to the performance.

TCA is located at 133 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos, NM 87571. Call Dancer Dearing, TCA Director of Programming, for more information at 575-758-2052.

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