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By Kathryn Kopchik
LEWISBURG, Pa. — Collage Dance Ensemble will perform on Friday, Feb. 12, at 8 p.m. in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University. Tickets are $20. The evening will also feature music provided by the Hasan Isakkut Ensemble.
"Ahmet Luleci, the founder and choreographer of Collage, integrates Eastern European, Turkish, Israeli and other traditional performance practices with modern Western techniques to make folk dance and music more accessible," said Bill Boswell, executive director of the Weis Center.
"The mission of this internationally acclaimed company is to promote harmony between people from different cultural and social backgrounds," Boswell added.
"This is infectious stuff, rhythms and excitement that make people want to jump out of their seats and join in.
The company showcases the beauty, energy and passion of these dance forms, unfamiliar to many of us, as well as the cultural heritages they represent."
Created in the late 1980s by Luleci, Collage presents a range of pieces, from traditional choreography to more modern interpretations that remain true to the spirit of the cultures from which they originate.
Tickets for this Weis Center series performance are available in person from the Campus Box Office in the Weis Center weekdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. or at the Bucknell University Bookstore on the ground floor of the Elaine Langone Center weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Advance tickets also are available: call 570-577-1000 or visit www.bucknell.edu/Boxoffice. The box office in the Weis Center lobby opens one hour before performances.
The 2009-10 season of Weis Center Events is generously supported by grants from the Bucknell University Association for the Arts and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Council on the Arts in conjunction with the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Additional support for the series is provided by numerous and generous private donors, including members of the Weis Center Green Room Circle and Green Room Board.
The next event in the Weis Center series is "Béla Fleck - the Africa Project" on Saturday, Feb. 27, featuring some of Africa's most talented musicians. Tickets are $35 for the Feb. 27 event.
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