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ASU Herberger Mainstage Dance is "Expanding Borders" in fall concert

Christina Harrison performs in "Being" choreographed by Shouze Ma for the ASU Herberger Mainstage Dance Expanding Borders concert, Dec. 1-3. Photo by Tim Trumble.

Photo courtesy of Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.

October 09, 2009

TEMPE, Ariz. - The ASU Herberger College Department of Dance is featuring the work of gifted Ecuadorian choreographer Pablo Cornejo and Chinese modern dance pioneer Shouze Ma in Expanding Borders, a fall concert of new choreography, Dec. 1-3 at ASU's Galvin Playhouse.

Now based in Seattle, the award-winning Cornejo is co-director of Locate Performance Group and a co-founder of Open Flight dance studio, where he teaches modern dance. He choreographed the work "Sleeping in the Lightning Field" especially for the concert and will set it on 12 dancers from ASU's Dance Arizona Repertory Theatre (DART) student dance company.

"This work explores habit, ritual, societal irony and dysfunction as well as our own daily cycles and patterns. This is an exploration of and tribute to the inner and outer worlds that have created our ever shifting human paradigms," says Cornejo.

Shouze Ma, a new associate professor in the Department of Dance, choreographed two works in the concert. "Being" is set on seven dancers and "The Secret of the Fan" is a solo performed by Ma.  

Before coming to the U.S. in 1997, Ma was a founding member of China's first modern dance company, Guangdong Modern Dance. The New York Times once said Ma's performance and choreography had "an intensity so strong that it seemed at a breaking point."

Expanding Borders also includes five works choreographed by students and faculty. They include: "It Doesn't Matter However, Although" by Marilyn Maywald and Steven Reker; "It's Just My Dance, Ok?" by Master of Fine Arts candidate Keira Hart; "We Were" by Aaron McGloin; "The Maturation of an Adolescent" by Cerrin Lathrop and Aaron McGloin; and "Where Waters Meet" by assistant professor Becky Dyer.

Tickets for Expanding Borders are $5-$18 and available online at or through the Herberger College Box Office, 480-965-6447.   Show times are Dec.1-3, 7:30 p.m., in the Galvin Playhouse of the Nelson Fine Arts Center, located on the ASU Tempe campus at the Southeast corner of 10 th Street and Mill Avenue.

The Department of Dance is a division of the Herberger College of Fine Arts at Arizona State University. To learn more, visit

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