Spring Dance Concert features international flair

Hsin-Yu Kao
Hsin-Yu Kao

As the culminating dance performance of the school year, the Colorado State University annual Spring Dance Concert features the creativity of Dance faculty, students, and special guests in a variety of styles.

This year, the concert will take place on Friday, April 10, at 8 p.m. and Saturday, April 11, at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. in the University Dance Theatre at the University Center for the Arts, located at 1400 Remington St.

The evening of innovative contemporary and classical dance styles will be presented by CSU Dance faculty, students, and a guest performer. Taiwanese dancer and choreographer in residence Hsin-Yu Kao is completing a special international residency with CSU through the Taipei Artist Village.

Hsin-Yu Kao began his residency at CSU on March 23, working with dance classes and choreographing for the Spring Dance Concert. The purpose of this international residency is to promote a better understanding of other cultures, people and art forms, as well as to build global and cross-cultural communities through dance.

“This major and innovative cultural event marks this year’s culmination of dance, performance, and passion for dance faculty,” said Jane Slusarski-Harris, director of dance at CSU. “Our artists are given a venue for creative expression and the opportunity to showcase the accumulation of their skills and demonstrate their expertise.”

About Hsin-Yu Kao

Hsin-Yu Kao
Hsin-Yu Kao

Born in Taiwan, Hsin-Yu Kao currently dances with Compagnie Käfig, a French dance company that grafts not only different dance genres but multiple disciplines together with dance, including live music, circus arts, and martial arts. Hsin-Yu Kao’s recent work on Compagnie Käfig’s show, Yogeeti, has toured around the world.

Taipei Artist Village

Taipei Artist Village and Treasure Hill Artist Village are building a multinational network through associative participation. This includes a significant infrastructure of connections including residencies, exhibitions, seminars, performances, publications, a website, and a Facebook presence.

Through their Artist-in-Residence program, Taipei Artist Village is building a multinational network of associative participation. With studios and accommodation for Taiwanese and international artists, it is a place where cross-cultural, cross-disciplinary forces collide and meld, generating artistic energy. Different classes, age groups and peoples meet and communicate while building a civil aesthetic of community engagement and local creativity.

This residency at CSU is funded by the Artist-in-Residence Taipei (AIR Taipei) in Taiwan and is made possible through the generosity of the Colorado College Asian Studies Program, Professor John Williams, Professor Joan Ericson and Yunyu Wang, who is a professor at Colorado College, dean of General Education College at the Taipei National University of the Arts and president of the World Dance Alliance; and Amy Huang.


Tickets are $8 for CSU students, $8 for youth (under 18), and $18 for the public. Tickets are available at the University Center for the Arts (UCA) ticket office in the UCA lobby Monday through Friday, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. and 60 minutes prior to performances, by phone at 970-491-ARTS (2787), or online. Youth tickets must be purchased in person at the ticket office. All tickets are subject to a $1 ticket fee for both online and at-the-door purchases. Advance ticket purchase is highly recommended to avoid lines and further at-the-door fees.

For more information, visit UCA.Colostate.edu.