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UW-Madison’s Yu celebrating 20 years on campus with ‘Page 20’ concert Nov. 16-18

October 31, 2017

Jin-Wen Yu Dance and the UW-Madison Dance Department present “Page 20,” a contemporary, cross-cultural, multi-media dance concert from Nov. 16-18.

“Page 20” features the award-winning choreography of Yu, a Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor who is celebrating 20 years with the School of Education’s Dance Department.

Yu has created, performed, directed, and produced more than 100 works for the stage in the Americas and Asia, including 45 commissioned works for professionals and institutes.

Page 20 dance posterIn "Page 20," Yu will present new and previous choreography, including multimedia by Tingyi Lin as well as Yu's last solo performance and the first dance he ever set at UW-Madison.  In addition to company members Yun-Chen Liu, Collette Stewart, Janelle Bentley, and Molly Hodgson, this concert will also feature talented students from the UW-Madison Dance Department.

The concert’s first half features a 50-minute work titled “Paging," part of a larger project to be premiered in Madison in 2019. "Paging" includes a solo, trio, quartet, two quintets, and a group section.  The second half begins with a duet titled “Two,” a sensually-charged and physically-engaging piece performed by Yun-Chen Liu and Lauren John which explores the interplay of two female bodies with great partnering work. Yu's emotional solo performance “Departure” follows. The last piece is an award-winning ensemble work titled “Drifting.” Yu created the piece in 1997, which won regional and national gala awards from the American College Dance Festival.

"Page 20" will be performed Thursday, Nov. 16 and Friday, Nov. 17 at 8 p.m. There will be a matinee performance on Saturday, Nov. 18 at 2:30 p.m. All performances take place in the Margaret H’Doubler Performance Space, Lathrop Hall, 1050 University Avenue, Madison. Tickets are available online through the Campus Arts Box Office at, by phone at 608-265-2787 or in person at Memorial Union, First Floor,  800 Langdon St.

Tickets are $20 for the general public and $15 for students and seniors. There will be tickets available at the door in Lathrop Hall starting one hour before the performance. All tickets are reserved seating. 

There will be a reception in the Virginia Harrison Parlor, Lathrop Hall with the choreographer and performers immediately following Friday’s evening show. Refreshments will be served.

This project is supported by the Graduate School of UW-Madison, the Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professorship, the UW-Madison Dance Department, and the friends of Jin-Wen Yu Dance.

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