Allied Motion Dance Company features 'Rail Ties'

May 03, 2005

Allied Motion, Penn State Altoona's resident dance company, will perform "Rail Ties," an evening-length dance and multimedia event beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, May 13, in the Paul R. and Margery Wolf Kuhn Theatre in the Community Arts Center. "Rail Ties," originally conceived in 1999, commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Horseshoe Curve and creates imagery from the people and machinery that "keep walking, keep running, keep moving on through the generations, through the ages, through time, the age of steam."

"Rail Ties" uses video, slides, spoken word, music and movement to explore the historic relationship between Altoona and the railroad. The exploration spans the decades from the late 1800s to the swing era, up to the 1960s and the impact of the industry's decline. The piece showcases the industrial age and its effects on family, society and cultural life. "Rail Ties" was choreographed by KT Huckabee, artistic director, and Renita Romasco. It features members of the dance company and Tom Liszka, associate professor of English, as well as a company of community children.

Allied Motion is a professional modern dance company in residence at Penn State Altoona. As a collaborative and integrative company, Allied Motion works with a variety of artists to expand the vision of dance. Formal concert performances are presented in addition to special events in alternative spaces such as outdoor settings, galleries, libraries and office buildings. Allied Motion is an official Directory Artist for the Arts in Education Division of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Huckabee oversees a repertory of dances -- from children's fantasy and multicultural literature to the abstract, comic and serious.

Tickets are free for children under 12, $5 for students and $7 for regular admission. Tickets are available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Community Arts Center Box Office at Penn State Altoona and before and during all performances. Telephone reservations may be made by calling the Box Office at (814) 949-5452. The Paul R. and Margery Wolf Kuhn Theatre is handicapped accessible and open to the public. For further information, call the Community Arts Center.

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