Arts & Culture

Music and Dance Come Together for 'The Art of Exchange' at UK Feb. 11-13


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 8, 2022) — In the spirit of artistic collaboration, the University of Kentucky Department of Theatre and Dance and the UK School of Music have teamed up to create a unique performance experience, coming to the Singletary Center’s Concert Hall stage this weekend.

"The Art of Exchange: Music and Dance Collaborative Concert," will take place Feb. 11-13. The performance will feature a multitude of live music and dance performances — ranging from big-band, baroque, choral, electronic and percussion music and everything from modern, jazz, hip-hop and classical dance styles. The concert fosters a deeper relationship between School of Music and Department of Theatre and Dance faculty and students; a truly exceptional performance that audiences do not want to miss. 

“Throughout the years, the School of Music and Department of Theatre and Dance have loved working together to share our creations with audiences,” said Susie Thiel, director of dance for the Department of Theatre and Dance. “In the past, there have been extraordinary collaborations ranging from percussion performance for theatre productions, a trombone and dance concert, dance choreography presented for Opera Theatre and choral ensembles, as well as our musical theatre certificate. We look forward to highlighting these collaborations in one concert.”  

Faculty, student and guest choreographers are designing unique dances in traditional and modern styles, paired with musicians performing jazz, choral, percussion and avant-garde live accompaniment.  

Some collaborative highlights include guest choreographer, Diana Evans, choreographing a Motown-inspired performance featuring Paws and Listen, and the acoUstiKats, directed by School of Music Director of Ensembles, Beth Wilson. Natasha Davis, visiting guest choreographer from Morehead State University, has created an African dance performance entitled “The Spirit of Africa,” inspired by the African Proverb “When you dance, you speak the language the whole world understands.” 

The performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11, and Saturday, Feb. 12. A Q&A will follow the Feb. 12 performance. A 2 p.m. matinee will take place on Sunday, Feb. 13.

To celebrate this special collaboration between the UK School of Music and the Department of Theatre and Dance, a buy-one-get-one-free ticket special is being offered for the Friday, Feb. 11 opening night performance. Tickets are available at:

To redeem, select your seats from the available options and select the "BOGO Adult" or "BOGO Student" price type and add tickets to your cart. This promotion is valid for two tickets per person and may be used in addition to purchasing other adult or student tickets. Tickets are delivered by email and may be presented digitally on a smartphone or printed on your personal printer. 

For more information visit the UK Department of Theatre and Dance and the UK School of Music websites. 

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