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February 16th, 2012
University dance company to present ‘Emerge and See’

STAFF REPORT

Merge Dance Company, Texas State’s touring student ensemble, will perform “Emerge and See” Feb. 23 and 24 on the university’s campus. The event will also feature a guest performance by ARTheism.

Merge, founded in spring 2009 at Texas State, typically offers multimedia performances with an aesthetic that weaves social/political art with entertainment. The group’s members are selected by the university dance faculty based on artistic and academic accomplishments with the intention of recruiting populations who reflect Texas State’s multicultural goals.

ARTheism will perform “Illumineye,” which premiered about two weeks ago at Texas State’s Evans Auditorium. ARTheism is composed of dancer Samantha Beasley and visualist Topher Sipes. Their work blurs the lines between performance, animation, conceptual, theatre, visionary and fine art by combining real-time, interactive, projected animation onto the “canvas” of a dancing body.

The upcoming performances, sponsored by the university’s Department of Theatre & Dance, will be in the Evans Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. both days. Tickets are $10 general admission and $7 for students.

The performances will feature work by dance faculty Kaysie Seitz Brown, Michelle Nance, Ana Baer, and guest artists Rocio Luna from Mexico and Kim Oslon from Denver.

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