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NMSU Dance Alumni will host "State of the Nation" dance concert

The New Mexico State University Dance Department will host "State of the Nation," a dance alumni and SD Production concert, at 7 p.m. Sept. 12 and 13 and at 2 p.m. Sept. 14 at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum.

The evening will address various issues affecting Americans and their decisions in November and is a non-partisan event.

"The purpose of this concert is to empower our community to be an active part of our countries political system," said choreographer Brittany Barham.

"We're not trying to tell people who to vote for, we're simply urging people to get out and vote," said choreographer Kat Million.

"Bena," performed by Candace Williams about a woman's reflection of her grandmother's battle with Alzheimer's, brings awareness to issues facing senior citizens, while her performance "Exodus" speaks out against the indifference to the violence in Darfur.

"Hear no, See no, Speak no," choreographed by Barham, explores the affect of war on soldiers, activists and the general public. "If She Could Talk," also choreographed by Barham, examines environmental issues in America. Deb Johnson will read a poem, "Mother the Earth," during this performance.

Million's "Who We Are" gives an upbeat, lighthearted look at the ironies of modern life.

"Divided," choreographed by Cheryl Parham of El Paso, shows the love and compassion for humanity that has prevailed despite man-made destruction and war.

Cor Ignis Contemporary Dance Company of El Paso will perform a piece titled "Para Ti, Mujer (For You, Woman)," inspired by the hundreds of women missing and murdered in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, since 1995.

Debra Knapp, director of the NMSU dance program, choreographed "Would You Harbor Me," a piece designed to address isolation and the willingness to reach out to those unlike ourselves.

Tickets are $10 regular admission and $8 for students and seniors. They are available through Ticketmaster and at the door.

For more information call SD Productions at (505) 220-9350.