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The Department of Dance begins the spring semester’s slate of performances with a collection of faculty works in Aycock Auditorium at 8 p.m. Feb. 12 and 13.

Tickets cost $12 general, $9 seniors and students, and $6 UNCG students, faculty and staff. A special rate of $6 per person is available for groups of 10 or more. For reservations and further information, call 4-4849.

John Gamble presents “Serial Monogamy,” part of his larger work about same-sex marriage, “After Amadeus.” With costumes reminiscent of the 1940s, when women like Marlene Dietrich and Katharine Hepburn began to dress like men, and music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, “Serial Monogamy” is a series of overlapping duets featuring 10 dancers.

Robin Gee’s “A Walk to Beautiful (remixed)” was inspired by her field research in Guinea, West Africa, in spring 2007. Commissioned by the Maimouna Keita Dance Company and featuring original music by Atiba Rorie, Amadou Kouyate, Uasuf Gueye and Allen Boyd, the work describes a simple journey transformed by extraordinary events.

In “tell-a-truth” by Larry Lavender, the performers step out of the frame provided by the stage to interact with the audience. The work allows the dancers to step into part of the theatrical environment they usually cannot even see.

“Both,” choreographed by B.J. Sullivan, offers a glimpse of a young girl’s world that is flipped around when she learns that death is unavoidable. The performance evokes childhood games of ring around the rosie and red rover, and is set to a mix of music from Shakerleg to Henry Cowell. The seven dancers present a hopeful message in the dance’s two acts.

Jan Van Dyke, chair of the department, presents “Slow Retreat from Center,” a melancholy work for five dancers with music by Peter Gabriel. The dance, first performed 20 years ago at UNCG, depicts a community that has to pick up and leave.

For information about upcoming dance performances, visit www.uncg.edu/dce/calendar.html.

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