Fall concerts to feature Israeli dancer's choreography

The University Dance Company’s fall concerts will feature the choreography of Kansas University’s dance department’s guest artist from Israel today and Friday, as part of the Janet Hamburg Visiting Artist Series.

Israeli dancer Talia Beck is principal dancer and rehearsal director for Israeli contemporary dance company Inbal Pinto/Avshalom Pollak. Her work has been performed worldwide, and in 2010 she was awarded the prestigious Ministry of Culture Award for Young Choreographer.

Beck has been in residence at Kansas University for the fall semester, longer than other visiting artists who usually stay for a few weeks. Because of support from the Hamburg series and the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, Beck had the funding to stay for an extended period to teach, rehearse and share her global view of contemporary dance with KU students.

The series celebrates the legacy of late founding member of the dance department, Janet Hamburg, who helped develop and progress the department for 30 years.

The fall concerts will take place at 7:30 p.m. today and Friday at the Lied Center. Tickets are on sale at Murphy Hall and the Lied Center: $14 for the public, $10 for students, seniors and KU faculty, and $8.50 for children.

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