December 7, 2007

“Anthology of the Cuban Spirit” Sizzles at the City College Saville Theater

From sultry Cuban music to the sounds of the Beatles, the San Diego City College dance department presents a diverse and dynamic fall concert, an “Anthology of the Cuban Spirit,” on Friday and Saturday, December 7 and 8 at the Saville Theater on campus.

Along with the gifted City College faculty and student dancers, Dance Director Alicia Rincon welcomes guest artist Silfredo Lao and the provocative sound of the band Luna Llena in their combination of live music, video and dance. Sharing the history of the Cuban experience through turn-of-the-century music and dance, dancers will explore how the art form emerged into the sounds and dances of today.

Throughout the production, the City College Dance Department showcases its broad range of talented faculty and student choreography. First, City College Assistant Professor Terry Wilson will present “A Tribute to the Beatles” through a trilogy of timeless Beatles songs. The work suggests images of playful, romantic and hopeful themes, supported by some of the most popular songs from that era.

Next, accompanied by the composer A. R. Raman, adjunct faculty instructor Terri Shipman offers her celebratory work, “An Endless Celebration.” With an Eastern Indian influence.

Inspired by the sculpture of Daniel Birnbaum and accompanied by composer and vocalist Momilani Ramstrum, Debi Toth-Ward follows with her work, “Grass, Metal, and Water.” This dance explores the contrasting qualities of nature and man-made elements.

Moving beyond the elements, Grace Jun, UCSD PhD. candidate and artistic director of B.K. Soul, presents her dance piece “Strugglin.” Through the music of Public Enemy.

“Anthology of the Cuban Spirit” runs Friday and Saturday evenings, December 7 and 8 at 8:00 p.m. and Saturday afternoon, December 8, at 2:00 p.m. Ticket prices are $15.00 for general admission. For additional information, please contact 619. 388.3563 or

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