Eisenhower Dance will present Rite of Spring at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 17 at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts

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Eisenhower Dance presents
Rite of Spring

Michigan’s premier dance company will perform an exciting program featuring two world premieres

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (April 10, 2015) – Eisenhower Dance will present
Rite of Spring at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 17 at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts. The exciting program will feature four dance works, including Artistic Director Laurie Eisenhower’s critically acclaimed Rite of Spring and two world premieres.
Eisenhower Dance will perform Rite of Spring and other dances on Friday, April 17 at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts.

Rite of Spring was choreographed three years ago as part of a collaboration with the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival to celebrate Igor Stravinsky’s iconic piece. The dance veers from the traditional storyline of a sacrificial virgin and instead tackles the theme of mankind’s struggles throughout the history of the world.

“Years ago I had a choreography mentor tell me I couldn’t choreograph a dance about the history of the world and I thought ‘why not?,'” Eisenhower said.

The program’s world premieres include Danzon by Associate Artistic Director Stephanie Pizzo and Onwardby former Eisenhower dancer Ahmad Simmons. Danzon was inspired by music that was given to Pizzo by a long-time Eisenhower Dance supporter Lee Barthel. 


“The music and dancing are spicy and luscious,” Eisenhower said about the new work.

Onward is a driving contemporary work that highlights the virtuosic skills of the Eisenhower dancers. The program will also include Lightplay, a crowd-pleaser from Eisenhower Dance’s newest production, The Light Show.

 Eisenhower Dance Center student companies will perform pre-concert show beginning at 7:15 p.m. Tickets for Rite of Spring are $25 and $20 for seniors and students. To order, please call 586-286-2222 or visit www.macombcenter.com.



Praised by critics as one of the nation’s premier contemporary dance companies, Eisenhower Dance has spent the last 24 years giving life to the repertoire of internationally known choreographers, as well as the highly acclaimed work of Artistic Director Laurie Eisenhower. Established in metro Detroit by Eisenhower in 1991, Eisenhower Dance presents an annual local Metro Detroit performance series and tours nationally. Eisenhower Dance also offers world-class dance instruction to students of all ages and levels of ability at its two school locations. For more information, please visit eisenhowerdance.org or call 248-559-2095.


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