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Press Release: DeSales Dance Professor to Present Reperatory From His Company, Co-Art Dance, at the Theatre Outlet, Oct. 21 & 22
Date: 10/18/2005


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DeSales Dance Professor to Present Reperatory From His Company, Co-Art Dance, at the Theatre Outlet, Oct. 21 & 22

Timothy Cowart, director of the dance program at DeSales University, will present a reperatory from his company, Co-Art Dance, at the Theatre Outlet, in the SilkWerks Building, at 930 North 4th Street, Allentown, at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, October 21 and 22. Admission is $12 for students and $15 for general admission. Call the Theatre Outlet box office at 610- 820-9440, for more information.

Directed by the husband and wife team of Tim and Corrie Cowart, Co-Art Dance will feature six pieces offering a wide range of modern dance. They include a duet by Guggenheim fellow Alito Alessi and a multimedia solo exploring Tim Cowart's stint in the marine reserves. The intimate duets and solos of Co-Art Dance find a perfect setting in the Theater Outlet space.

Founded in 1997, Co-Art Dance Company performs a body of contemporary modern dance work which reflects a daring exploration of physicality and touching insights into the human experience. Before forming Co-Art Dance, the Cowarts performed and toured internationally with many highly acclaimed modern dance companies including the Lewitzky Dance Company, The Pittsburgh Dance Alloy and the Pat Graney Dance Company.

The Cowarts recently moved to the Lehigh Valley, where Tim assumed the position of director of the dance program at DeSales University in Center Valley. Prior to that, the couple spent five years in Oregon.

Tim Cowart taught dance at the University of Oregon, Western Oregon University, Lane Community College and the University of Pittsburgh. Corrie Cowart taught dance and dance history as an adjunct professor at the University of Oregon, Lane Community College at Western Oregon University, and at the University of Pittsburgh Johnstown summer program. The couple met at the American Dance Festival in 1994.

Described by Sharon Oberst of the Eugene Register Guard (Oregon) as having "athletic and apparently inexhaustible skills," directors Corrie and Tim Cowart collaborate with artists and dancers across disciplines to create eclectic textures within their work.

The first piece in the program, "Hoop Dance," was originally choreographed and performed by Alito Alessi and Karen Nelson in 1987. This work has been recognized as one of the first dances to be set from movements generated by contact improvisation. DANCE Magazine said that Hoop Dance would put Alessi and Nelson on the "dance map." Alessi has just received a Guggenheim Fellowship in support on his ongoing international work with contact improvisation and DanceAbility.

"Two Worlds," choreographed by the Cowarts, is an autobiographical solo utilizing text, video and intricate movement to explore Tim's overlapping experiences in boot camp and the dance conservatory. Personal discoveries about the preparations for art, war and life collide with the personalities of belligerent drill instructors, and new age dance teachers.

"What She Said" is a humorous solo, choreographed and performed by Corrie Cowart, exploring the relationship between mothers and daughters. Set to actual messages left on a daughter's answering machine, the dance is an accumulation of movement, frustration and humor.

In Tim Cowart's "A River With No Banks," the dancers rotate and spiral in forms reminiscent of Marc Chagall's paintings. Images of floating lovers over dreamy city scapes, create an intimate and meditative atmosphere.

Finally, Co-Art Dance will be presenting "Self Love" created by Northwest choreographers, Rob Kitsos and Scott Davis. "Self Love" is a hilarious piece based on the self-help gimmicks people use to solve their problems. Clothed in shocking orange jump suits, the dancers get in touch with their love of self, floating and prancing to the songs "Feelings" and "Time in a Bottle." Ultimately a darker side is revealed that may just thrash and tear those warm feelings apart.

Tickets are $12 for students and $15 for general admission. Call the Theater Outlet box office at 610- 820-9440, for more information.

For more information on Co-Art Dance or on the DeSales University Dance Program, contact Timothy Cowart, director of the dance program at DeSales, at 610-282-1100, ext. 1663.


Press Release: DeSales Dance Professor to Present Reperatory From His Company, Co-Art Dance, at the Theatre Outlet, Oct. 21 & 22 | Posted on: 10/18/2005

For more info:
Tom McNamara, Executive D
irector of Communications
DeSales University | 2255 Station Avenue | Center Valley, PA 18034

610.282.1100 x1219 | Tom.McNamara@desales.edu

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