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 Post subject: Backhausdance in Concert
PostPosted: Thu Aug 03, 2006 4:39 pm 

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Backhausdance in Concert 2006

Press Release
Backhausdance Announces Full Length Company Concert Backhausdance in Concert 2006:

Martha B. Knoebel Theatre, California State Univ.
Long Beach

6200 Atherton St. Long Beach, CA 90815

September 8th & 9th, 8pm

General Admission: $25, Student/Senior/DRC
members: $20

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Press Contact: Drea Sobke (714) 639-1657 or


Orange County’s leading Modern dance company,
Backhausdance presents an evening of new
repertory in celebration of the recent opening of
Backhaus Contemporary Dance Center and the
company’s 4th year performing in Southern
California. Backhausdance in Concert will
premier eXit, a razor sharp and
brooding trio performed to an original score by live
percussionist Erik Leckrone and
choreographed by Jennifer Backhaus.
Backhausdance will also perform an additional new
work: Love and Other Impossibilities, along
with other repertory favorites such as American
College Dance Festival's
Kennedy Center pick Disintegration and
Dance Resource Center's Lester Horton
Award winning Sitting on

Led by artistic director Jennifer Backhaus,
Backhausdance explores modern themes through
athletic yet lyrical contemporary movement. Jennifer
Backhaus draws on many traditions of music and
dance to create detailed, meticulously sculpted
dances, high-speed expressions that burn hot and
fade away as audiences thrill and delight in their
splendor. She integrates the rich sounds of world
music with a tempo driven rush of dance creating
lush layers of imagery. Her energy and stamina in
creating new works keeps her dancers and her
audiences intrigued and eager for more.

About Backhausdance

Backhausdance has an eclectic and dynamic
vocabulary borrowing from many dance styles. Their
movement is physically demanding and original with a
wonderful sense of fluidity and strength.

The company had its debut performance at the San
Francisco Retail Dance Festival in May 2003, and has
continued to perform extensively in California at
venues and festivals including, the Los Angeles
Dance Invitational, the LA Arts Holiday Celebration
held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, as guest
artists for the California Dance Educators Fall
Conference, the Celebration of Dance Festival at the
Alex theatre, the Celebrate Dance Festival in San
Diego, and at the McCallum Theatre’s Dance Under
the Stars Choreography Festival where they won the
Dance Under the Stars Award in 2003 and the Muses
2nd Place Award at the 2004 and 2005 festival. In
the fall of 2004, the company was also invited to
perform at the SOLA Festival and as artists in
residence at Santa Ana College. Backhausdance also
performed in Gallimaufry’s Dance Day celebration
sponsored by the City of Laguna Beach with
Complexions and San Francisco Ballet in May 2005

Backhausdance was awarded Best Short Form
Choreography, Best Lighting Design, Best Costume
Design and was nominated for Best Male Performance
for company member William Lu at the 2005 Los
Angeles Dance Resource Center’s Lester Horton
Awards for Sitting on January. Jennifer
was also recently nominated for a Lester Horton
Award for Best Short Form Choreography for
Stepping Back Toward Tomorrow, which also
won the Palm Desert Choreography Under the Stars
2nd Place Muses Award in 2005.

2006 marks a milestone for Backhausdance with the
opening of Backhaus Contemporary Dance Center
(BCDC). BCDC houses Backhausdance and
serves as Orange County’s primary source for
contemporary dance training

About Erik Leckrone

Erik Leckrone performed with a wide variety
of ensembles, and projects throughout the United
States including the Sinfonietta Orchestra of
Chicago, the Long Beach Symphony, the Elgin
Symphony, the Torrance Symphony, Disney
records “A World of Happiness” with artists Issac
Hayes, Lisa Loeb, and Deborah Harry, “A Lou Rawls
Christmas”, and the soundtrack for the movie “The
Grudge”. He has performed for national tours with the
California Theatre Company, the Madison Repertory
Theatre Company, and the Northern-Light Theatre
Company of Chicago, IL. Originally from Middleton,
WI, he received his Bachelor’s degree in Percussion
Performance from Northern Illinois University and his
Masters degree in Percussion Performance from
California State University, Long Beach. As an
educator, Erik has been involved for several years
with “Meet the Musicians”, a performance outreach
program for elementary schools throughout Orange
County. Along with freelancing in the Los Angeles
area, Erik is currently percussion instructor at
Fullerton College and staff accompanist for the dance
programs at Chapman Univ. and the Univ. of
California, at Irvine.

Drea Sobke
Company Manager

phone: 714-639-1657

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