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Dance, Cello Performance Part of Gluck Fellows Outreach

(April 30, 2003)

Jennifer Twilley and Josh Aerie perform

Jennifer Twilley and Josh Aerie perform "The Tens"

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — The Gluck Fellows Program of the Arts at the University of California, Riverside, in conjunction with the Riverside Art Museum’s First Sundays program, presents two performances of “The Tens” at 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., Sunday May 4, 2003, at the downtown Riverside Art Museum, 3425 Mission Inn Ave. Each 30-minute performance is free and open to the public.

“The Tens” is a dance and music performance created by Gluck Graduate Dance Fellow Shawn Womack and performed by dancer and UC Riverside alumna Jennifer Twilley as a conversation between the elements of movement and sound with Josh Aerie, the assistant principal cellist for the Inland Empire/Riverside County Philharmonic Orchestra.

“The Tens” plays with a collection of music and dance memory fragments. The dance and music material is culled and re-patterned from memories of the performers’ previously danced and played experiences. This collection of memories was shaped into tightly constructed short movements and musical phrases. Audience members are invited to come and go at will, as well as to move through and perhaps seat themselves in the midst of the dance and musical conversation between Twilley and Aerie.

The event is sponsored by the Gluck Fellows Program of the Arts at UC Riverside, and supported in part by the Riverside Art Museum and the University of California Institute for Research in the Arts. The Gluck Fellows Program of the Arts is made possible through the generosity of the Maxwell H. Gluck Foundation.

Jennifer Twilley received her Bachelor of Arts in Dance from UC Riverside in 1999. She has been dancing with UC Riverside dance Professor Wendy Rogers since 1998 and together they have performed at various venues including Dancespace and the Joyce SoHo in New York City, as well as Tijuana’s El Cecut, Footworks in San Diego, Los Angeles’ Kaleidoscope and Sushi in San Diego. Twilley was a member of Bre Dance Theatre from 1991-1996 and Susan Rose and Dancers from 1996-2001.

Josh Aerie received a Master of Music in Cello Performance from the University of Colorado, and completed two Bachelor degrees in Cello and Anthropology at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and Oberlin College. He has served as cellist of the Nacht String Quartet and the Silver Bay String Quartet. As an orchestral musician, Josh has been Principal Cellist of the Colorado University Symphony, the Colorado University Opera Orchestra and the Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble.

Choreographer Shawn Womack is currently pursuing a master of fine arts degree in experimental choreography at UC Riverside. She worked in Ohio for 19 years as a choreographer, performer and teacher, returning to California in 1999. In 1984, she founded Shawn Womack Dance Projects, a six-member touring contemporary dance and performance company based in Cincinnati. The company and her work have been seen throughout the Midwest, in San Diego, New York City and in the former Soviet Union. Womack has recently received choreography fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ohio Arts Council.

Established in 1996, the Gluck Fellows Program of the Arts at UC Riverside is a privately funded arts outreach program that is designed to create the opportunity for faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students of the Departments of Creative Writing, Dance, History of Art, Music, Theatre and the Sweeney Art Gallery and UCR/California Museum of Photography to extend their creative, performative, and expository talents to local schools, nursing homes, and community centers that have little or no access to the arts.

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