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April 4, 2002

Choreographer's work traces HIV ordeal

The 2002 version of Dale Scholl Dance/Art's annual production, Rep & More, tackles difficult dance moves and social issues at 8 p.m., April 10 -13, in Solano Hall 1010 at California State University, Sacramento.

Rep & More, part of the 10th annual Festival of the Arts, features signature works from the dance troupe's eclectic repertoire. This year, the production highlights a work that deals with HIV and survival, created by Eric Vianelle.

"The dance is based on my long-term survival of a much-feared and stigmatized disease," he says. "I am sharing some of the lessons I have learned since discovering I was HIV-positive some 17 years ago when I was still a teenager."

Vianelle is the choreographer-in-residence for Dale Scholl Dance/Art and a local elementary school teacher who works with children with special needs. He received the largest "2001 New Works" grant from the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission to create the piece.

"The dance piece is heavily influenced by my yoga practice," he says. "I hope it captures the essence of my enlightened journey through movement, improvisation, chanting and poetry."

Tickets are $12 general, $10 for students and seniors and $8 for children under 12. Tickets are available at the CSUS Ticket Office at (916) 278-4323 or at Tickets.com at (916) 766-2277. Additional media assistance is available from the CSUS public affairs office at (916) 278-6156.


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