Sarasota's Fuzion Dance Artists always stage strong shows, and their upcoming performance at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts looks especially promising.
Fuzion's Ninth Annual Concert, which opens its four-day run March 12, features works by guest choreographers from around the country. Michael Foley is a Tampa-based dancer and choreographer whose work is always ethereal, inventive and beautiful. Jennifer Archibald is a national force in dance, and the founder of New York City's Arch Dance Company. Kira Blazek is a California-based choreographer from whom Fuzion has commissioned works in the past. Adele Myers heads her own company in Connecticut and has garnered great review from the New York City dance critics for her work that usually features only women dancers.
One of the highlights of the performance promises to be "Mattress Suite," Larry Keigwin's delightful 2003 work that combines six short pieces -- solos, duets and trios -- into a 30-minute piece about various things people do in, on and around their beds. The music comes from artists as diverse as Stevie Wonder and Antonio Vivaldi, and the dances range from playfully kinetic to serenely lovely. It's become one of the most famous pieces of American contemporary dance in recent years.
Details: March 12-15, Cook Theatre at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Show times: 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $9.50-$39. Information: 941-359-0099, fuziondance.org.
-- Marty Clear