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Faculty, guests create Sac State’s 'Dance Sites 2010'


Lean Damasco, in the air, and Ryan McKee, rehearse for Sacramento State’s upcoming Dance Sites 2010.

Premiere works by four Sacramento State faculty members and three guest choreographers highlight Dance Sites 2010, the contemporary dance performance being staged in the University Theatre.

Performances are at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 1 and 2; 8 p.m. Dec. 3 and 4; and 2 p.m. Dec. 4 and 5.

Pieces cover a wide range of music and dance styles as well as themes. One number is based on the urban street sport “Parkour.” Another is loosely based on Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters.

The performance includes something a little out of the ordinary for modern dance concerts – two of the pieces have all-male casts. “We have an unusually high number of talented male dancers in the program right now,” says Professor and Dance Sites Director Randee Paufve. “It’s high time more men discovered this amazing form of art in motion.”

One of those pieces, “Words Fail You and You Sob and Marvel,” is staged by guest choreographer Deborah Miller-Froh, who built the number around her five dancers, using their input to create a situation that is real and genuine.

“These dancers are being themselves on stage, rather than playing a part or pretending to be someone other than themselves,” Miller-Froh says.

Miller-Froh was with the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company for five years and has danced with Annie Rosenthal, David Dorfman, Heidi Schweiker and Stephanie Schaaf, among many others.

Her own work has been performed in San Francisco, Oakland and Sacramento.

For “Words Fail You…” Miller-Froh asked the dancers to create material that she then arranged. “Each dancer takes a journey through the piece that is unique; it is their own path.”

Other guest choreographers are Felipe Barrueto and Shakiri. Faculty choreographers are Paufve, Lorelei Bayne, Nathan Jones and Lisa Ross.

Tickets for the 6:30 performances are $8 general admission and $5 for children under 12 years of age. Cost for all other performances are $12 general admission, $10 for students, seniors and Sac State employees, and $8 for children. Tickets are available at the University Ticket Office, (916) 278-4323 or

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