Underground DanceWorks Turns TenSep 18th, 2009 | By | Category: Artist News
Artistic Director Charles Tyson Jr. started his dance company “Underground DanceWorks (UDW)” as a student in Temple University’s dance department in 1999. He realized that he had been using the same group of talented dancers consistently for two years and decided there must be something to that! Here it is, 2009 and the company is still going strong, bringing its edgy style called “EclectiFunk” to stages all over Philadelphia.
UDW will be celebrating their ten year anniversary this October in appropriate fashion. They are premiering their newest undertaking, a work-in-progress entitled “Whispers In My Left Ear/Salt Over My Left Shoulder” at the Temple University Alumni Dance Concert.
Tyson says “This performance will bring everything full circle for everyone! The company was started at Temple. Most of my company members are also Temple dance alums. We’re sharing the program with Anne Marie Mulgrew and Company…I used to dance for her after I graduated! Could it be more perfect?!”
“Whispers/Salt” is an exploration of the struggle the human soul constantly undergoes between the concepts man refers to as good and evil. In its final stage, the piece will be an evening length journey. The October performance will be a thirty minute excerpt depicting the main landmarks of the journey, referred to in the dance as “Signposts,” specifically Hell, Limbo and Heaven.
Temple University Alumni Dance Concert
October 2 at 7:30 pm
October 3 at 2:30 pm & 7:30 pm
Conwell Dance Theater
Broad & Montgomery Avenue 5th Floor
Tickets: $20 general admission / $15 students and senions / $10 dance professionals.