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The Zikr Dance Ensemble's 2016 program will feature the world premiere of Samsara, a Sanskrit word meaning the repeating cycle of life, death, and rebirth (reincarnation). Set to the exciting, mystical music of the 1970s progressive art/rock band Yes, Samsara will feature stunning special effects, including projection tracking created by University of Denver professor Bryan Leister and dancers descending onto the stage on ropes. Another world premiere on the program by Artistic Director David Taylor, entitled The Visitation, features an original score by noted Boulder musician and composer Jesse Manno. Rounding out the program will be two of the company’s most acclaimed signature works - In Your Eyes, set to the famous song by Peter Gabriel, and Sadhu, to the music of Philip Glass.
The Zikr Dance Ensemble offers a spectrum of works that are based on transcendent dance rituals from many different ancient world cultures throughout history along with original and contemporary dance/theatre realizations. The company’s outstanding company members are some of the finest ballet-trained professionals in the state and include guest artists from the Colorado Ballet as well as from other professional companies from along the front range. Zikr’s performances have been called “ deeply moving….bringing the ancient to the new millennium…”. Critics have hailed Artistic Director David Taylor’s “depth of spirit and artistic vision, coupled with a degree of creativity that continues to awe.”
For further information, visit the company’s website at www.zikrdance.com.