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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., April 15, 2003--Dance comes to the region in the form of "SiteWorks: Dance on Tour," presented by Southeast Missouri State University's Department of Theatre and Dance May 7-10.

The program features a variety of acting, singing, dancing, drumming and sword-play. It will be performed on the Southeast campus at noon on Wednesday, May 7 on the Terraces stage; at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 8, at the Schock Art Center in Scott City, Mo.; and at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 9, at the Bootheel Youth Museum in Malden, Mo.

"SiteWorks" also will be featured at the Grand Opening of the Arts Council in Old Town Cape at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 10, and again that afternoon at 4 p.m. on the lawn of the River Campus.

Paul Zmolek, assistant professor of theatre and dance, is the artistic coordinator of the program. He considers this "mini-touring company" of performing artists an exciting exploration of the new Department of Theatre and Dance.

"The performance tour was developed as part of Southeast's charter to further serve the community and region," Zmolek said.

The "SiteWorks" program consists of eight pieces, four of which are choreographed by students.

"Student choreographers have developed works from the skills they have developed in newly offered theatre and dance courses, including choreography, movement analysis, stage combat and acting I," said Zmolek.

Also featured is a special piece by guest choreographer E.E. Balcos. Known internationally, Balcos is currently assistant professor at Southwest Missouri State University and is an expert in contact improvisation. His piece, called "Approaches," which he choreographed while in residency at Southeast in early March, will showcase that expertise.

Josephine Zmolek, visiting assistant professor of theatre and dance, has created "Sphere of Influence," a piece inspired by Oswald Spengler's "Decline of the West," the writings of Karl Jaspers, the power of the vibration of sound and the binding energy of a circle.

Rounding out the program is a dance by Paul Zmolek. Performers reconstructed movements, text and music from their pasts, which he choreographed into a piece called "Alone, Together."

For further information about times and locations, contact Paul Zmolek at (573) 986-7492 or the Performing Arts Box Office at (573) 651-2265.


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