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Like a ‘Phoenix Rising,’ CSU Sacramento’s new dance concert is all about rebirth

Take a look inside CSU Sacramento's first dance concert of the year

On the opening night of "Phoenix Rising," CSU Sacramento's Theatre and Dance Department combined the works of guest choreographers, faculty and students to create a dynamic dance experience.
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On the opening night of "Phoenix Rising," CSU Sacramento's Theatre and Dance Department combined the works of guest choreographers, faculty and students to create a dynamic dance experience.

California State University, Sacramento is mixing it up this year with the Sacramento Dance Theatre company’s first concert of the season at Solano Hall Dancespace 1010.

For the first time ever at the university, works by faculty members and guest choreographers will be featured alongside the work of Theatre and Dance Department students in “Phoenix Rising,” the first of two shows planned this season, according to a news release from the university.

Professor Lorelei Bayne, the show’s director, told the State Hornet that the show is meant to inspire audience members to rise from the ashes in the face of today’s societal problems.

“The phoenix (is) the bird that keeps rising up even after it’s pummeled down,” Bayne said to the Hornet. “So, just the idea that in our current social cultural political situation, we all need to continue rising up and the work of artists helps us do that. (It) helps ups get in touch with our humanity and our hearts.”

The show will feature guest choreographer Raisa Simpson from San Francisco, along with Bayne’s award-winning piece “Birds in a Gilded Cage,” inspired by Malala Yousafzai and her fight for gender equality, and choreography by student performers.

The show runs on select nights from Sept. 13-24. Tickets for the 6:30 p.m. performances are $15 for general admission, $12 for students and seniors and $10 for children. Tickets for all other performances are $18 for general admission, $15 for students and seniors and $12 for children. Tickets can be purchased here or by calling (916) 278-6156.

Emily Zentner: 916-321-1074, @emilymzentner

See “Phoenix Rising” for yourself at the Solano Hall Dancespace 1010

  • Sept. 13-16, 22-23 at 8 p.m.
  • Sept. 20-21 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Sept. 17 & 24 at 2 p.m.
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