Dance Company : Schedule
Friday, December 19th - Open Dress Rehearsal - 7:30pm
Saturday, December 20th - Opening Night - 7:30pm
Sunday, December 21st - Solstice Reception - 7:30pm
ZUZI! Dance Company celebrates the Solstice with modern and aerial dance in a multi-generational performance titled, “Return.” The two-night event includes performances by the ZUZI! Professional Company, Apprentice Company, “Many Limbs” Youth Aerial Company, and members of the Releasing into Performance Community Workshops. This year also features dance pieces by former company members that have ventured out from ZUZI!, returning to share their new perspectives and new choreography. In addition to the performances, there is a reception and silent auction to benefit ZUZI! as a non-profit arts organization.
On the shortest day of the year, the winter solstice marks the beginning of the return of warmer, lighter days. Traditionally, this season was used as a time of reflection, renewal, and community celebration. In that spirit, ZUZI! has invited former company members to perform choreography never before seen in Arizona. These special guests include Alison Hart from Los Angeles, Nathan Dryden from Salt Lake City, Mechelle Tunstall, and Bridget Gunning from the School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts in Seattle.
A silent auction will span all three nights, closing with a reception after the performance on Sunday, December 21st. For more information or to donate to the silent auction, please call 520-629-0237.
TICKETS: are available here: http://zuzimoveit.givezooks.com/events/return-17th-annual-solstice-celebration
$10 donation for Friday, December 19th open dress rehearsal
$20 for Saturday, December 20th performance
$15 for Saturday, December 20th student/senior/military
$25 for Sunday, December 21st performance & reception
Special RETURNing Guest Artists:
Bridget Gunning is an aerialist, dancer and coach based out of Seattle, WA. Hailing from Tucson, AZ, Bridget began her formal ballet training at the age of 16 with classical training at The Academy of Ballet in Tucson, AZ. She danced in many ballets and theater productions and was active in her artistic and academic communities as a performer and choreographer. This creative and physical practice translated well into other movement arts. She began her aerial studies in 2001 under the instruction of Nanette Robinson and Nathan Dryden of ZUZI! Dance Company. Here she began her love with aerial through the low flying trapeze and Skinner Releasing Technique. Bridget came to Seattle in 2006 to seek more Skinner Releasing training as well as to connect with other artists and make a career as a performer. She works as a free lance dancer and aerialist with choreographers across the Northwest and beyond. Bridget is a Certified Yoga Teacher and Personal Trainer. She holds a BA from the University of Arizona where she studied dance, sociology and psychology. Bridget teaches regularly at The School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts and is showcased weekly at The Pink Door where she is the resident Trapeze Artist.
Mechelle Tunstall (aka Flemming) grew up in London, England and began dancing in college at the University of Houston (UH), in Texas. During her time at UH, Mechelle was a member of the UH's pre-professional dance group ENSEMBLE, she was a recipient of the Joanna Friesen Scholarship, received awards for both performance and choreography, and presented several works at the American College Dance Festival. While in Houston, Mechelle presented solo and collaborative work, she also had the pleasure of working with Becky Valls, Jennifer Wood (SUCHU), Psophonia Dance Company, Teresa Chapman, with whom she performed for at the Cunningham Dance Studio in NYC in 2007, Toni Leago Valle, Douglas Dunn, and Travesty Dance Group, under Karen Stokes. She was also an aerial fabric instructor and performer under the direction of Amy Ell in her company, Vault. Mechelle also studied and received training at the Laban Center, in London. She recently moved from Tucson, Arizona, where she had the opportunity to work as a dance instructor, choreographer, and become a company member of ZUZI! Dance Company. She was also the director of the ZUZI! Apprentice Company. Mechelle plans to continue her dance ventures in the Bay Area, and is excited to be working with Randee Paufve of Paufve Dance and the Abigail Hosein Dance Company, ahdanco.
Alison Hart is a dance educator, choreographer and performance artist based in Long Beach, California. She holds an MFA in Dance from California State University, Long Beach and a BFA in Dance Education from Arizona State University. Alison is currently on faculty teaching dance at California State University Long Beach, Cal Poly Pomona, Santa Ana College, and Renaissance High School for the Arts. She is also co-founder of Efflorescence, a collective of performance artists making multidisciplinary work in Los Angeles. Alison was a member of Zuzi Dance Company from 2005-2011 where she performed and choreographed for annual shows as well as taught weekly classes and several summers of High Flying Arts Camp. She also directed the Many Limbs Youth Company from 2007-2011 and worked with Zuzi’s first Apprentice Company in 2007. Alison has performed notable works by Bill T. Jones and Doug Varone and has also had the pleasure of working with Carol McDowell, Keith Johnson, Jeremy Hahn, Nanette Robinson, Beth Braun, Andrew Vaca, Carly Conder, Marguerite Derricks, Wes Veldink, Dance Arizona Repertory Theatre, and Flam Chen Circus Arts.
Nathan Dryden is honored to be an original ZUZI! Company member after having worked with both Nanette Robinson and Nancy Mellan as a freelance dance artist prior to the formation of ZUZI! in 1998. Dryden has been exploring and performing movement based art for the last 20 years, working in dance, aerial dance, improvisation, and theatre. Dryden was a familiar face in the Tucson dance scene during the 90’s and 2000’s dancing not only with ZUZI! but also with O-T-O Dance, NEW ARTiculations, Zenith Dance Collective, Funhouse Movement, Beth Braun Dancers and others. Dryden is a certified instructor of the Skinner Releasing Technique and Stephanie Skura’s Open Source Forms teacher training process. He has taught and performed throughout the USA and internationally, though is currently completing his last year as an MFA candidate at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.