posted September 14, 2009

GPS to Feature Luna Negra Dance Sept. 24-25

The Hope College Great Performance Series will feature Chicago's Luna Negra Dance Theater on Thursday and Friday Sept. 24-25, at 7:30 p.m. at the Knickerbocker Theatre in downtown Holland.

"The New York Times" has said that the company's "well-trained dancers are naturally theatrical and able to flesh out their technique with a sweet, unalloyed enthusiasm."

In 10 years, Luna Negra Dance Theater has established itself as a significant and vital component of Chicago's arts and cultural community. Since Eduardo Vilaro founded Luna Negra in 1999, the company has served as a springboard for Latino contemporary choreographers to give expression to their stories and bring new life to the cultures of their communities. Steering away from stereotypes and folkloric representations, Luna Negra brings to audiences modern Latino expressions with energy, power and passion, reflecting through dance the immense cultural shift that is shaping America in the 21st century.

The company has received enthusiastic acclaim from audiences and critics alike. Sid Smith of the "Chicago Tribune" said, "Artistic director Eduardo Vilaro and his beguiling dancers are an established, respected and treasured troupe on our arts landscape." The "Chicago Sun-Times" noted, "This is a company that moves with sensational energy and panache."

The company also tours extensively nationally and internationally.

While on campus, company members will be leading master classes with Hope College dance students.

The presentation is supported by the Performing Arts Funds, a program of Arts Midwest funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art, with additional contributions from Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, General Mills Foundation and Land O'Lakes Foundation.

Tickets for the performance are on sale at the ticket office in the main lobby of the DeVos Fieldhouse, and cost $17 for regular admission, $12 for senior citizens, and $6 for children 18 and under. The ticket office is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and can be called at (616) 395-7890.

Season subscriptions are also available, and the savings equal seeing two of the six performances for free.  More about the season is available at at www.hope.edu/gps.

The DeVos Fieldhouse is located at 222 Fairbanks Ave., between Ninth and 11th streets.  The Knickerbocker Theatre is located at 86 E. Eighth St.

Additional information may be obtained online by visiting www.lunanegra.org or www.hope.edu/gps.