The Contemporary Dance Ensemble presents, ‘Moving Through the Static’

Moving through the static

By Miguel A Gastelum

University Theatre is pleased to present “Moving Through the Static”, a dance concert developed by The Contemporary Dance Ensemble. Featuring the choreography of Kenneth Balint, Caitlin Gainey, Fumihiro Kikuchi, Rogelio Lopez and Nathalie Contreras, exploring the diverse worlds of dance and theatre. “Moving Through the Static” is under the artistic direction of Kenneth Balint and runs February 15 – 23, 2019 in the John Wright Theatre in the Speech Arts building on the campus of Fresno State.

February 15 – 16 & February 19 – 23 performances begin at 7:30 p.m. and February 17 performance begins at 2:00 p.m. Latecomers will be seated at the House Manager’s discretion.  

Tickets are $17 for adults; $15 for Fresno State faculty, staff, alumni and military; and $10 for all students. Children under 5 not admitted. Group rates are available for groups of 20 or more. 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 night. For shows on Tuesday through Thursday night, parking permits are required and can be purchased at dispensers in parking lots on campus.

“Moving Through the Static” is an entertaining and thought-provoking evening of contemporary dance. Six different repertory dance works will be presented; the themes of identity, relationships, absurdity, competition, humor, and psychological insight will fill the stage. World premieres include “Under the Invisible Forces” by guest artist Fumihro Kikuchi, “From… last nights attempted restless sleep” by CDE Artistic Director Kenneth Balint, “Somewhere to Lay My Head” by Rogelio Lopez and Kenneth Balint, “Salvation” by Caitlin Gainey and “Flesh is Gone, Spirit is Near” by Nathalie Contreras. Rounding out the program will be the return of Balint’s powerful contemporary duet “Friction Brings Fatigue” which premiered at Fresno State in 2005.

Ranging from intense poetic statements to the abstract the dancers move through a wide range movement potential. And as the concert’s title suggests through the static of our contemporary lifestyles and environment.

The ensemble includes dancers Jazmin Alvarado, Nathalie Contreras, Ashley Del Rio, Dulce Flores, Caitlin Gainey, Jessica Lopez, Christin Perez, Samantha Roberts, Zach Segovia and Sahar Shahnematollahi.

CDE develops its programming with attention to the diversity within the dance field, as well as within its viewing audience. The goal is to welcome, embrace, educate and inspire those who see it and those who dance it. Join the CDE dancers in their journey as they move through the static.

For more information, contact the box office at 559.278.2216 or

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