Arts & Humanities

CORE Contemporary and Aerial Dance present season performance starting Feb. 28

The UGA department of dance CORE Contemporary and Aerial Dance will debut a new program during its annual season performance Feb. 28 through March 1.

The UGA dance department’s CORE Contemporary and Aerial Dance will present its annual season performance Feb. 28 through March 2 at 8 p.m. at the New Dance Theatre in the dance building. The company will premiere Mutual Resonance, an aerial, contemporary dance and multimedia performance.

The 40-minute, nonstop program consists of 13 aerial and dance vignettes that abstract, symbolize or portray a variety of relationships and interactions reflecting associations found in personal, social and environmental situations. The nine-member company will perform on aerial silks, slings, lyra, trapeze and bungee. The performance is enhanced through visual landscapes by incorporating projection mapping, animation and film.

Staibdance company, from Atlanta, will share the evening’s program performing excerpts from 2016’s critically acclaimed work moat. In moat, George Staib, artistic director, reflects on his memories of immigrating from Iran to a small Pennsylvania town during the Iran hostage crisis.

Four of the 12 dancers in Staibdance are UGA/CORE alumni and return to share the stage with UGA performers.

CORE Contemporary and Aerial Dance Company performing members are Olivia Byers, Devyn Hannon, Aviva Kasowski, Amira Kuhaneck, Avery Lumsden, Carey Marr, Alex Ozbilen, Morgan Rossi and Grace Weigel with guest performer Evann Guthrie.

Guest performers in Staibdance are Ronnie J. Anderson, Anna Bracewell Crowder, Chrystola (Oseni) Luu and Ameilia Reiser, all UGA Dance/CORE alumni; and Georgia Bray, James La Russa, Erika Leeds, Britanie Leland, Courtney Lewis, Gianna Mercandetti, Laura Morton and Virginia Spinks.

Tickets are $16 for general admission and $12 for students and seniors. To purchase tickets, visit the Tate Student Center ticket office, order online at or by phone at 706-542-4400. Tickets are also available for purchase at the door beginning at 7 p.m. each evening of the concert. Student groups who can make a one-time purchase of eight or more student tickets will receive a group rate of $5 per ticket. Advance ticket purchase to all shows is highly recommended.