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Dance department’s CORE Contemporary and Aerial Dance 2020 set for Feb. 27-29

CORE Contemporary and Aerial Dance will include work on silks, slings, lyras, trapeze and bungee cords.

The UGA dance department’s CORE Contemporary and Aerial Dance will present its 2020 season performance Feb. 27-29 at 8 p.m. at the New Dance Theatre in the Dance Building. The company will premiere Soul Searching and feature guest artist Mario Vircha’s Mirgrare.

Soul Searching is a nonstop show consisting of 12 diverse aerial and dance vignettes that are emotional and action-packed. The show explores personal, cultural, political and environmental perceptions about current and imminent global issues and migration along with portrayals of Native Americans and Parisian street dancers. The multimedia performance is enhanced through a visual landscape incorporating projection mapping, animation and film.

The company will perform on silks, slings, lyras, trapeze and bungee cords. Performing members are Olivia Byers, Madison Calderwood, Baylee Davenport, Brenna Hayes, Evann Guthrie, Kristin Jaspers, Madeleine Johnson, Aviva Kasowski, Rachel Kelley, Claire Korfas, Alex Ozbilen, Audrey Snow, Regan Sadowski and Grace Weigel.

Vircha, featured guest choreographer, will present Migrare, a multimedia dance and film that chronicles personal experiences while working with immigrant dance artists who fled countries in political crisis and migrated to countries that have welcomed them.

Vircha’s presentation depicts his journey to France, Jordan, Greece and his homeland, Costa Rica, where he witnessed the process of cultural extension from native countries who host immigrants and participate in the emergence of an expressive art form that is nourished by newly established artistic communities in these centralized locations.

In Migrare, refugee artists are brought together to convey means of which creative work responds to the political situations and other devastating events; portrays the challenges of living in their new environment; and raises the question “What happens when a culture disperses?”

Tickets are $16 for general admission or $12 for students and seniors. To purchase tickets, visit the Tate Student Center cashier’s window or the Performing Arts Center box office, call 706-542-4400 or visit

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. Advanced ticket purchase to all shows is highly recommended.