Evening of Dance Oct. 15 at RAG

Roxbury — The Roxbury Arts Group (RAG) will present “An Evening of Dance” at The Roxbury Arts Center on Saturday, Oct. 15 at 5:30 p.m. The program will be directed by internationally known dancer and choreographer, Yung Yung Tsuai and will celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the founding of the Republic of China.

The evening begins with the fourth- and fifth-grade students of the Roxbury and Stamford central schools in a dance choreographed by Yung Yung Tsuai. Dancers from the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance, Ms. Tsuai’s students, make up the professional portion of the program. Many of these young women and men, who hail from across the globe, are already members of the Martha Graham II Dance Ensemble and will go on to join the main company. The evening includes a presentation of Ms. Tsuai’s solo work “Memoir” which Jennifer Dunning of The New York Times described as a “Masterpiece.”

Tsuai, a faculty member at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance since 1983, was awarded a scholarship by Martha Graham to study with her in New York after they met in Yung Yung’s native Taipei.

Tsuai has danced with Martha Graham, Pearl Lang, Daniel Nagrin’s Workgroup, The Vanaver Caravan and with Susan Stroman.  She has choreographed for the Asian American Dance Theater, Pan Asian Repertory Theatre, Yangtze Repertory Theatre, LaMama Theater, Bank Street Theater, The Naked Feet Dance Company, NTDTV Chinese New Year Gala and TysanDance. 

She was on the faculty at the Alvin Ailey School from 1992 to 1996 and at  Long Island University from 2004 to 2005, taught at SUNY Purchase, NYU, George Washington University, Brigham Young University, Johnson State College, Taiwan National Arts Academy, and the Isothermal Community College in North Carolina.  From 1991-1992 she was the rehearsal director for the Cloud Gate Dance Company in Taiwan.  In 1979, She founded the Yung Yung Tsuai Dance Company and the Byrdcliffe Performing Arts Organization. and toured internationally including tours in Italy, Canada, Taiwan and in Japan.

In 2007 Tsuai published her memoir, The Difference In Butterflies with co-author Marilyn Meeske Sorel.

Please reserve seats early. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 seniors and $7.50 for children under 13. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 607 326-7908 for tickets.