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Opening tonight: Fresno State’s Contemporary Dance Ensemble

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“Systematic Process: The Audition,” choreographed by Kenneth Balint, is one of the world-premiere pieces featured in “Syntheses,” a concert presented by Fresno State’s Contemporary Dance Ensemble. The concert presents six repertory dance works on tales of injustice, identity, personal relationships, absurdity, competition and beauty.

The show opens tonight at Fresno State’s John Wright Theatre and continues through Feb. 22.

Other premieres are “Gezi” by guest choreographer Seda Arbay, “Blithely Stomping Through the Minefield of Contemporary Sensitivities” by Balint, “Intelligence is Just Another Name for Depression” by student choreographer Katherine Dorn and “Underneath the Surface” by guest choreographer and Fresno State Alumni Rogelio Lopez. Rounding out the program will be Balint’s contemporary duet “Friction Brings Fatigue,” which premiered at Fresno State in 2005.

Tonight: Contemporary dance (at 50% off)


There’s still plenty of time to catch the annual Contemporary Dance Ensemble at Fresno State. Five performances remain for “Joy! Shout!” 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

The company, under the artistic direction of Kenneth Balint, aims to present works that are serious in content and entertaining, with a social meaning or context. This year’s program contains five premieres: “Doubt Surrounding the Inevitable Light” by guest choreographer Rogelio Lopez, “Finding Me” by guest choreographer Martha Kelly-Fierro, “Existence” by ensemble dancer Leesha Melson, and “Redux” and “Joy! Shout!” by Balint.

And talk about a bargain: It’s a ticket sale! (Update: for online sales, use the code “dances13″.)