World Premiere Dance Work in Fisher April 7

Posted on 4/1/2009 10:10:02 AM

Spooky Action The Lively Arts at Indiana University of Pennsylvania will present  Miro Dance Theatre in the world premiere of “Spooky Action.” Offered as the finale to this year’s Performance Plus season, the contemporary dance work will be performed on Tuesday, April 7, 2009 at 8:00 p.m. in Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center.

Based on the concept of entanglement and quantum physics, “Spooky Action” gets its title from Albert Einstein’s description in describing the theory. When discussing the somehow romantic way subatomic particles simultaneously spin and become fatefully entwined, Einstein was reported to explain it as “spooky action at a distance.”

Spooky Action The world premiere has been commissioned by  The Lively Arts at IUP with Miro Dance Theatre creating dance, music and video that explores concepts of connection, the power of the observer, and the way in which lives—like particles—can become enigmatically entangled.

Behind the creative genius of Miro are choreographer Amanda Miller and video artist Tobin Rothlein. The New York Times says that the dance troupe "does better than most at combining visuals and movement to make a third, poetically expressive form."

According to Hank Knerr, director of public events for  The Lively Arts and commissioner of the piece, “It is very exciting to see all the pieces coming together. From a concept discussed two years ago and through the joining of an original music score, phenomenal video created to work together with the concept and dancers, to the vibrant production design, I believe it is something that Indiana audiences will find truly enlightening and entertaining.”

Spooky Action Also directly involved with the creation and development of the work over the past year was the IUP Dance Theater, under the direction of Holly Boda-Sutton, and IUP physics professor, Muhammad Numan.

Tickets for the April 7 premiere are available in advance at the Hadley Union Building ticket office or by calling 724-357-1313. Tickets are also available  online. Tickets remaining can be purchased at the door one hour prior to the start of the performance. Tickets are $16 regular admission, $14 for seniors and groups, and $10 for students and children.

For more information call The Lively Arts ( at 724-357-2547 or the HUB Ticket Office at 724-357-1313.

Spooky Action The project is being funded, in part, by a New Directions grant from Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour. Additional funding for Performance Plus has been provided by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts through the Pennsylvania Rural Arts Alliance, IUP Student Cooperative Association, Office of International Education, Liberal Studies Program, African American Cultural Center, Office of Social Equity and Division of Student Affairs.