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Breaking Ground 2016: Here's the Lineup for Dance and Film Festival in Tempe


Tempe dance company CONDER/dance has announced the 2016 edition of its annual film and dance festival Breaking Ground.

Since 2007, CONDER/dance's namesake and founder Carley Conder has organized the festival to spotlight local and international contemporary dance, choreography, and, more recently, filmmaking. 

Held Friday and Saturday, January 29 and 30, Breaking Ground will feature a distinct lineup each evening at Tempe Center for the Arts. Dance performers will include Carley Conder, Daniel Burkholder, Los Angeles duo WHYTEBERG, Bliss Kohlmyer and Kara Davis' project agora, Shaun Boyle, Rebecca Bryant, Gina Ricker and Julie Miller, Nadar Rosano, and Mike Esperanza's Bare Dance Company. Film pieces from Marianne M. Kim and Marlene Millar will be screened.

Once again, the festival will include "tiny dances" from Phoenix-area contemporary choreographers and dancers, who will perform pieces that are no longer than five minutes on 4-foot by 4-foot platforms throughout the venue. These take place starting at 7:30 p.m. nightly, before the mainstage performances begin at 8. The 2016 tiny dance performers include Liliana Gomez, Molly W. Schenck, Nicole L. Olson, Tyler Hooten, Julie Akerly of JAMovement, Jessica Jones, Michaela Konzal and Hannah Cooper, Amber Robins, Dominika Gaines and Nancy Happel, Angel Crissman, Susannah Keita, and Brianna Jahn.

Tickets to the festival are $25 to $28 for adults, $18 to $23 for students and seniors. They're available for purchase through Ticketforce

Beyond these performances, Breaking Ground will offer master classes led by the festival's visiting choreographers and dancers, including Shaun Boyle and Mike Esperanza, at ASU's Fine Arts Center. Cost is $10 for one class, $25 for three, or $40 for all of them. 

For complete details on the January 29 and 30 festival, see www.conderdance.com or call Tempe Center for the Arts at 480-350-2822.

Editor's note: This post has been updated from its original version.
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