Contemporary Dance Ensemble presents six premieres in ‘Resilience’

Resilience - Contemporary Dance Ensemble

Fresno State’s University Theatre will present, “Resilience,” a contemporary dance concert, February 17 through 25 (excluding Feb. 20) with daily show times at 7:30 p.m. and a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee in the John Wright Theatre in the Speech Arts building on campus.

“Resilience” is a series of six contemporary dance works developed by The Contemporary Dance Ensemble with choreography provided by Fresno State theatre arts professor Kenneth Balint, Fresno State student Amy Hardison and guest international dance artists and choreographers Janelle Paris, Fumihiro Kukichi and Rogelio Lopez.

The ensemble for “Resilience” consists of 12 Fresno State students committed to expression through dance and movement, with majors ranging from pre-business to art, as well as theatre arts and dance.

Balint, artistic director for the Contemporary Dance Ensemble, said “Resilience is best described as the ability of people to cope with stress and crisis, then rebound quickly. This concept of resilience permeates throughout the dancers’ movement and choreography.”

Continuing to create and explore through movement, each new dance is a world premiere, ranging from explorations in darkness and abuse to utilizing technology through video projection that creates an opportunity for 10 dancers to virtually and aesthetically interact with one another during the performance.

“The members of the Contemporary Dance Ensemble and all six choreographers strive for performances that generate a renewed ability to move forward and tackle challenges with creativity, hope and positivity,” Balint said.

Tickets are $17 for adults; $15 for Fresno State faculty, staff, alumni and military; and $10 for students. Group rates and partial-season subscriptions are available. Box office hours are noon to 4 p.m. on weekdays and one hour before each performance.

Parking is free for shows on Friday through Sunday nights. For shows on Tuesday through Thursday nights, parking permits are required on campus and can be acquired by calling the box office.

For more information, contact the box office at 559.278.2216 or


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The College of Arts and Humanities provides a diverse student population with the communication skills, humanistic values and cultural awareness that form the foundation of scholarship. The college offers intellectual and artistic programs that engage students and faculty and the community in collaboration, dialog and discovery. These programs help preserve, illuminate and nourish the arts and humanities for the campus and for the wider community.

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