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The Moving Company Preps for Centennial Events
UNO's modern dance performing ensemble, The Moving Company, has organized two events celebrating the university's 100th anniversary. Both endeavors are supported by Centennial Mini-Grants.

On Saturday, Feb. 21, 2009 theatre students and dancers will perform Tableaux Vivants at UNO's centennial gala at Qwest Center Omaha. The performance - choreographed by Josie Metal-Corbin from the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER), with costumes designed by Sharon Sobel of the Department of Theatre - will depict archival scenes from the first 100 years of UNO campus life.

The 66 archival photos preserved by UNO archivist Les Valentine and on display throughout various campus buildings will serve as a springboard for Saturday's choreography and costume design.

On Wednesday, March 11, 2009 the College of Education and the School of HPER will host an opening reception for The Moving Company's Centennial photo exhibit A Legacy of Dancers: 1935-2008. This collection of archival photos documents the history of The Moving Company as one of the oldest modern dance companies in continuous existence in the United States. As part of the reception, there will be a dance performance.

The collection will be permanently installed in the newly renovated School of HPER in 2010, when The Moving Company celebrates its 75th anniversary.

The Moving Company is the University of Nebraska at Omaha's modern dance performing group. It is under the auspices of the The College of Education and the School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation, and auditions are open to all University students and members of the Omaha community. It is an intergenerational company with a mission to create new works and to restage historical pieces. UNO does not have a dance major or minor so the Company members include students from various disciplines ranging from engineering to criminal justice to communications. The Company has been in existence since 1935 (called Orchesis in the early years) and has sponsored residencies and/or master classes with numerous companies and artists including Alwin Nikolais, Alvin Ailey, Bill Evans, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Joffrey Ballet, Pilobolus, Victoria Marks, Carol Mezzacappa, Sara Pearson, Patrik Widrig, Shirley Ririe, Mary Waugh Taylor, Jeff Curtis, Maya Taylor, and Stephanie Kelley.

The Moving Company annually presents a salon or studio production and produces or participates in a formal modern dance concert. Most recently, the Company has collaborated with the Joslyn Art Museum, the Omaha Public Library, Holland Center for the Performing Arts, Creighton Dance Company and the Durham Western Heritage Museum. The Company hosts a "Dance for the People Series" that offers Tribal Style Belly Dancing, Latin Dance, Social Dance, African Dance and Drumming and International Folk Dance. For information on current and upcoming events, click on Events in the left menu.

The Moving Company welcomes dancers from the community to audition. For more information contact Josie Metal-Corbin, (Director) Lauren Kotulak Bartels (Associate Director) and Danielle Laurion (Choreographer in Residence) at (402) 554-2670.