Koresh Dance Company to Kick off BU’s Celebrity Artist Series

For Immediate Release

Date:  August 16, 2005

BLOOMSBURG— Philadelphia’s Koresh Dance Company kicks off Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s 2005-06 Celebrity Artist Series with a performance on Saturday, Sept. 17, at 8 p.m. in Haas Center for the Arts, Mitrani Hall.

Founded in 1991 by Israeli-born choreographer and artistic director Ronen Koresh, the dance company features graduates of Philadelphia’s University of the Arts where Koresh has taught since 1986. The Koresh Dance Company focuses their performances on innovative and emotional routines consisting of ballet, modern and jazz. Tickets for the Koresh Dance Company performance are available for $20.

Also featured in this year’s Celebrity Artist Series are the following programs, all set for Mitrani Hall.

- New York City-based Rhythmics, Saturday, Oct. 8, at 8 p.m. The Rhythmics use everyday items, such has traffic cones, buckets, briefcases and hard hats, and turn them into percussion instruments. Known for their street and electronic percussion, beatbox, hip-hop, break and urban tap dance, Rhythmics, transform an array of sounds into hear-pounding percussion. Tickets are $25.

- Pinocchio, Friday, Nov. 4, at 7 p.m. The Enchantment Theatre Company brings the story of Pinocchio, a puppet who longs to be a real boy, to BU. The story wraps around Pinocchio’s adventures as he strays to human ways and the lessons he learns along the way. Tickets are $8 for children; adults 18 and over are admitted free when accompanying one or more children.

- Poinsettia Pops, Friday Dec. 2, at 7 p.m. Seasonal songs will be performed by the University Community Orchestra and the BU Chamber Singers. For the first time in 2005, Poinsettia Pops is a gift to the community from BU and sponsors. Admission is free.

- Jonathan Larson’s rock opera “Rent,” Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2006, at 8 p.m. “Rent” tells the story of a group of Bohemians struggling to live and pay their rent in the gritty background of New York’s East Village. In 1996, its first year on the New York stage, “Rent” captured the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, four Tonys and six Drama Desk awards. This show contains mature themes and strong language and is not suitable for young children. Tickets are $25.

- L.A. Theatre Works presents Neil Simon’s “Prisoner of Second Avenue,” Saturday, March 6, 2006, at 8 p.m. JoBeth Williams, who appeared in “The Big Chill” and “Poltergeist,” and Hector Elizondo, known for “The Princess Diaries” and “Pretty Woman,” star in L.A. Theatre Works’ radio theatre production of Neil Simon’s tale about a married couple trying to survive in New York after the husband loses his job. Tickets are $25.

- Drummer, bandleader, composer and vocalist, T.S. Monk, Friday, April 7, at 7:30 p.m. Son of jazz pioneer Thelonious Monk, T.S. Monk now records for his own label, Thelonious Records. He follows the release of his album “Higher Ground” with “Songs of Our Fathers,” performing music that reflects a wide spectrum of styles – from rhythm and blues to traditional jazz. The performance is supported by the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation. Tickets are $10.

For the Celebrity Artist Series’ 20th season, BU has eliminated the subscription series, offering patrons the opportunity to purchase tickets to individual shows at affordable prices. No ticket is priced higher then $25 and Community Government Association cardholders pay half the ticket’s face value for all shows.

All seats are reserved and group discounts are available for some shows; call (570) 389-4409 for availability. For program details or tickets, call the box office at (570) 389-4400.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students and offers 65 bachelor’s, 18 master’s and one doctoral degree.