The University of Texas-Pan American Dance Ensemble will present Spring Concert 2010 April 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m. and April 10 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the UTPA Fine Arts Auditorium. The concert will feature work by UTPA faculty Melinda Blomquist and Fred Darsow; guest artists Mary Fitzgerald, Satu Hummasti, and Kelli Brown.

This fall, the Dance Ensemble participated in a residency with guest artists Mary Fitzgerald and Satu Hummasti who joined together to create a new work. “Dust” joins two choreographic voices in an exploration of ritual and community. Using exciting partnering sequences and constantly shifting spatial designs, the piece celebrates the beauty of twelve women coming together in highly physical dancing.

This spring, the Dance Ensemble participated in a residency with guest artist Kelli Brown. Her piece, “Working with Difficult People,” explores some of the dynamics of relationships we have with others. Which of these statements do you agree with? Difficult people reduce my moral, deplete my energy or waste my time. If you can relate to any of these, then this dance piece is for you. “Working with Difficult People” humorously explores the sometimes-complicated relationships we have with our working peers.

In addition to the guest artist works, Co-Artistic Director Melinda Blomquist will be presenting two new works. “Intertwining” is a large group work that has been created as part of a collaborative choreography project with Northwest Vista College in San Antonio. Over the past several months Melinda Blomquist has been rehearsing with the dancers here at UTPA and the dancers at Northwest Vista College to create the work that intertwines the dancers and ideas from the two companies. The work will also be presented in May at Northwest Vista College and will be a featured part of the National Public Radio “Hands on Dance” event in May.

“Considerans” is a new solo work choreographed by Melinda Blomquist and will be performed by Adina Flores in the Spring concert.

UTPA Associate Professor Fred Darsow has created a dance entitled “They kept swirling.” In making the dance, he randomly chooses movement that brings back physical memories from certain experiences in his life. Skating. Indian Music. Trisha Brown. Flamenco. Sara Stackhouse. Out on the lake. Sara Rudner. Darsow says: “People always say to me that it looks like I am dancing in slow motion and that I like sustained, flowing movement. They are right.”

Admission to all performances is free. For additional information, contact the Dance Program Office at 956-381-2230.