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Dance ensemble to perform ‘Sacred Spaces’ at Center for the Arts

Denver’s newest professional dance company, the Zikr Dance Ensemble, will present a unique performance title “Sacred Spaces” at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 24 and 25, at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door and may be purchased by calling 731-SHOW (7469) or online at www.pagosacenter.org.

Founded in 2009 by artistic director and choreographer David Taylor, formerly the director of the David Taylor Dance Theatre for 27 years, the Zikr Dance Ensemble offers a spectrum of works that are based on transcendent dance rituals from many different ancient world cultures throughout history along with original and contemporary dance/theatre realizations.

Zikr’s company roster includes some of Colorado’s finest trained professional ballet dancers. The company has already presented successful Colorado performances to rave reviews in Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins, Grand Junction, Carbondale and Parker, as well as in St. Paul, Minn. and Los Angeles, Calif.

Employing authentic, colorful and stunning costumes, props and original musical scores, the “Sacred Spaces” performance will feature excerpts from Artistic Director David Taylor’s award-winning ballets “Anasazi Dream,” “Rainforest” and “Bali Agung,” along with two Gurdjieff sacred movements, one of which was recently staged by internationally-known Gurdjieff movement teacher Amiyo Devienne.

Zikr’s performances have been called, “deeply moving … bringing the ancient to the new millennium…” Critics have hailed artistic director David Taylor’s “depth of spirit and artistic vision, coupled with a degree of creativity that continues to awe.” 

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