Mary Anne Newhall
Mary Anne Newhall, associate dean for research, technology and interdisciplinary studies in the College of Fine Arts, performs a number from Tenant. Photo credit: Robert Stivers.

The University of New Mexico Department of Theatre and Dance and Friends of Dance presents, “From the Horse’s Mouth: Magical Tales of Real Dancers” on Friday-Saturday, Sept. 26-27 at 7:30 p.m. in the Rodey Theatre located in the Center for the Arts building.

“From the Horse’s Mouth: Magical Tales of Real Dancers,” conceived and directed by Tina Croll & Jamie Cunningham, is a concert of captivating tales and exceptional dancing. In this rare tribute, outstanding dancers, choreographers and educators from 40 years of dance traditions at UNM will share personal “behind-the-scenes” accounts, perform influential movements from their lives and collaborate with one another on stage. Stories range from humorous to poignant and reveal moments of loss, joy, frustration and triumph in this celebratory dance reunion.

Over 20 dancers will participate in this unique concert, including Joaquin Encinias who directs the Flamenco dance company Yastros, and Dana Tai Soon Burgess who directs Moving Forward, a modern/ballet dance company in Washington DC. Also appearing will be Stefa Zawerucha, who has worked with specially enabled young people, Mary Anne Newhall, who was a major soloist with several modern dance companies, and Megan Merchant, who is trained to help both young and old develop stronger bodies with dance.

Saturday evening only, the concert will be preceded by a “Gala Tribute to Elizabeth Waters,” founder of the UNM Dance program, set for 5 p.m. in the Carlisle Gym. Guests will be treated to a gourmet reception followed by a panel discussion.

General admission is $20 and $8 for students. A Gala Pass is $50 and includes the gourmet reception, the Elizabeth Waters tribute panel discussion and admission to From the Horse’s Mouth. Proceeds benefit UNM Dance Scholarships.

Tickets may be purchased online at UNM Tickets, in person at the UNM ticket offices or by phone (505) 925-5858 or 1-877-664-8661.