The Roxbury Arts Group and The Byrdcliffe Performing Arts Organization will present “An Evening of Contemporary Dance,” featuring three principal dancers from the Martha Graham Company at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Roxbury Arts Center at 5025 Vega Mountain Road in Roxbury. Advance tickets for this performance are $19 for adults and $17 for students and seniors. All tickets purchased the day of the event are $24.
Yung Yung Tsuai, founder of the Yung Yung Tsuai Dance Company and The Byrdcliffe Performing Arts and choreographer and former principal dancer for the Martha Graham Company, curated an full program featuring 10 professional dancers. Award-winning cellist Nan-Cheng Chen will underscore their movements.
Highlighting the evening will be dances performed by three stars from the Martha Graham Company, principal dancers Xin Ying, Lloyd Knight and Xiaochuan Xie.
Ying is a dancer, choreographer and an educator. She started dancing when she was 6 years old. At the age of 12, she began to study dance professionally in Shandong School of Arts and won the top prize in the Dance Competition of Shandong Province. Ying joined the Martha Graham Dance Company in 2011, performing the leading roles in “Diversion of Angels” and “Maple Leaf Rag.”
Knight was born in England and trained at the Miami Conservatory of Ballet. He has worked with many renowned choreographers including Donald McKayle, Robert Battle and Michael Uthoff. Knight joined the Martha Graham Company and as soloist stars in roles such as “Appalachian Spring,” “Embattled Garden” and “Errand into the Maze.” He has worked with David Gordon on “Dancing Henry Five” and “Trying Times” and was named by Dance Magazine as one of the “Top 25 Dancers to Watch” in 2010. Most recently, he partnered with New York City Ballet Principal Wendy Whelan in Graham’s “Moon Duet.”
For more information and ticket reservations, visit www.roxburyartsgroup.org, or call the Roxbury Arts Group at 326-7908.