Zikr Dance Ensemble bringing ‘Ancient Shadows’ to Moss

Zikr Dance Ensemble “Sadhu”

Zikr Dance Ensemble

In a fusion of contemporary choreography and ancient dance rituals, the Denver-based Zikr Dance Ensemble will perform the show “Ancient Shadows” in Grand Junction.

The fully-costumed dance performance will be presented at 7 p.m. Sunday, June 11, in Robinson Theatre in Colorado Mesa University’s Moss Performing Arts Center, 1231 N. 12th St.

Zikr Dance Ensemble is directed by Colorado choreographer David Taylor and is made up of “some of the finest ballet-trained professionals in the state and includes numerous guest artists from the Colorado Ballet,” a news release said.

“Ancient Shadows” is described as “a mesmerizing exploration into the spiritual ancestry and mythology of the indigenous peoples of Central and South America.”

Musician Jesse Manno of Boulder composed the musical score, and the costumes and set design were created by acclaimed visual artist George Peters.

“Stunning slide projections and visual effects” accompany the dances that are “based on transcendent dance rituals from many different ancient world cultures throughout history along with original and contemporary dance/theatre realizations.”

Tickets cost $15 for adults or $12 for stude​nts and seniors and can be purchased in advance at the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra’s office, 414 Main St., or at the door at the event.

In conjunction with the performance, free ballet master classes also will be offered on Sunday, June 11, at Colorado Mesa University’s Dance Studio, on the third floor of the Moss Performing Arts Center.

The public is invited to attend a lecture on sacred dance from 11:30 a.m. to noon Sunday, followed by the dance classes. Classes for those age 15 and older will be from noon to 1:30 p.m. and classes for youth ages 10–14 will be from 1:30–2:45 p.m.

Go to zikrdance.com to learn about the dance company.


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