Sanspointe presents Fuzión Dance Artists to Kick off Alabama Dance Festival

Join us to kick off the 2011 Alabama Dance Festival on Thursday, January 27th at 5pm at the Alabama Ballet Center for Dance for a reception and a performance by Florida-based Fuzión Dance Artists.5:00-6:00 pm – Alabama Dance Festival Opening Reception and showing of the documentary film “Merce Cunningham: A Lifetime of Dance” by Charles Atlas. Hosted by the Alabama Dance Council.

6:00-6:45 pm – Kinda Cage-y performance and lecture demonstration by Fuzión Dance Artists.

The performance is open to the public. Sanspointe requests a donation of $5 be at the door.

Polyartist-composer Francis Schwartz and dance artists Rachael Inman and Leymis Wilmott collaborated to create Kinda Cage-y as an homage to the late composer and thinker John Cage (1912-1992). Kinda Cage-y is based on similar principles of improvisation and chance that were employed by Cage and Cunningham. The work has now been shown world wide and is part of the John Cage Trust.

During the performance itself, Schwartz will incorporate audience participation to shape the development of the work as a live “one-of-a-kind.” A Q&A with the audience will follow to give opportunities for the audience to reflect on what has just been “created.”

Following the performance and Q&A, stick around to observe the master class taught by Robert Swinston, Director of Choreography of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company.

The performance of Kinda Cage-y offers a fascinating prelude to Merce Cunningham Dance Company’s performance at the 2011 Alabama Dance Festival. The Alabama Dance Festival and the Alabama Ballet are presenting Merce Cunningham Dance Company (MCDC) on January 28 at 8:00 p.m. at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Center’s Concert Hall. MCDC tickets are available at or at the BJCC Central Ticket office.

The film and the lecture/performance by Fuzión Dance Artists are presented by Sanspointe Dance Company with support from South Arts and 2010 Alabama State Council on the Arts Fellowship recipient Rachael Inman.