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Duane Cyrus

Director, School of Dance

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Ina Gittings Bldg, Room 121
520-621-1301

Duane Cyrus is a professor and director of the School of Dance at the University of Arizona. He was previously a professor for seventeen years at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) where he taught technique, choreography, improvisation, and career sustaining practices. At UNCG, Cyrus helped to develop the Arts Administration program, Co-chaired the first Southern Entrepreneurship in the Arts Conference on that campus, served on the Entrepreneurship Cross-Disciplinary Advisory Board, and developed the course Career Strategies for Artists

Cyrus is a Bessie Award-nominated performing and creative artist whose work is focused on the confluence of questions and ideas that come from positioning moving bodies in conceptual environments. He is a two-time North Carolina Arts Council Choreography Fellow, and his work is informed by research into Black American and Caribbean history and culture. As a performer, Cyrus has danced in musical theatre, concert dance, and commercial dance. Including, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Carousel (U.S. tour), The Lion King (original West End production) and the Martha Graham Dance Company. Cyrus creates work in multiple genres including concert dance, musical theatre, contemporary art, and drama. His creative work is iterative and devised to engage a range of communities by being accessible, touchable, and relevant. With a kaleidoscopic background in the arts, Cyrus’ choreographic and directed works fluidly negotiate the physical capabilities and possibilities of the human body in movement. 

Professional Concert Choreography: Colony of Desire, A Place for Us to Exist, Backstage at Matty's Palace, Gotham, Hero Complexities, among many others. Choreography for regional and community theatres includes: Ain't Misbehavin', Blue Door, Cabaret, Dreamgirls, Hairspray, West Side Story. Visual Art Curations: Black@Intersection for Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art; Maroon, Maroon at Artspace in Raleigh, NC.

Cyrus is the co-author of the photographic book Vital Grace: The Black male Dancer with Joanne Savio. He was a founding member of Theatre of Movement, LLC, a performing and visual art collective that produced trans-disciplinary collaborations and curations. Recently, Cyrus can be seen in the TedX Arizona talk “Body as Text” available on youtube. And he continues to lead the School of Dance as an administrator, curator, and creative. Recent partnerships and collaborations include the University of Arizona School of Dance Ensemble’s performance of Boléro with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra with costume design by Shane Ballard. Cyrus and Associate Director Tamara Dyke-Compton collaborated on this project that brought the talented Dance Ensemble to the Ronstadt Music Hall.

 

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Arizona Arts

Jeehey Kim, assistant professor of art history at The University of Arizona School of Art, and Yuanyuan (Kay) He, assistant professor at The University of Arizona School of Music, will receive their “Early Career Scholar Awards” from the university on Feb. 28 at Crowder Hall.

This award recognizes early-career faculty members at the forefront of their disciplines for highly valued contributions to teaching, creative activity, and service. The award includes a $5,000 prize.

Kim created a symposium series centered on the history and practice of photography in Korea, Taiwan, and Southeast Asia. He created the immersive, multimedia project StellarScape and the annual TURN UP Multimedia Festival.

Congrats to these outstanding Arizona Arts faculty! 👏
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Jeehey Kim, assistant professor of art history at The University of Arizona School of Art, and Yuanyuan (Kay) He, assistant professor at The University of Arizona School of Music, will receive their “Early Career Scholar Awards” from the university on Feb. 28 at Crowder Hall. 

This award recognizes early-career faculty members at the forefront of their disciplines for highly valued contributions to teaching, creative activity, and service. The award includes a $5,000 prize.

Kim created a symposium series centered on the history and practice of photography in Korea, Taiwan, and Southeast Asia. He created the immersive, multimedia project StellarScape and the annual TURN UP Multimedia Festival.

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Arizona Arts

The renovated Marroney Theatre reopens this week with the debut of Sweeney Todd by UA School of Theatre, Film & Television, celebrating the newly christened stage named in honor of one of our most beloved alumni, actor Craig T. Nelson.

The theatre has new seating, state-of-the-art screening equipment, and a sound system. These updates will allow the venue to double as one of the most technologically advanced film screening rooms in Tucson. Plus, there are upgrades to the east entry, lobby, box office, and restrooms.

“The reopening of the Marroney Theatre marks an important milestone for the Arizona Arts Master Plan,” said Andrew Schulz, vice president for the arts. “We have upgraded a space used by generations of theatre students and soon by our film students as well.

All of this was made possible thanks to the generosity of private donors as well as university leadership who provided critical matching funds.

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The renovated Marroney Theatre reopens this week with the debut of Sweeney Todd by UA School of Theatre, Film & Television, celebrating the newly christened stage named in honor of one of our most beloved alumni, actor Craig T. Nelson. 

The theatre has new seating, state-of-the-art screening equipment, and a sound system. These updates will allow the venue to double as one of the most technologically advanced film screening rooms in Tucson. Plus, there are upgrades to the east entry, lobby, box office, and restrooms.

“The reopening of the Marroney Theatre marks an important milestone for the Arizona Arts Master Plan,” said Andrew Schulz, vice president for the arts. “We have upgraded a space used by generations of theatre students and soon by our film students as well. 

All of this was made possible thanks to the generosity of private donors as well as university leadership who provided critical matching funds.

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Arizona Arts

We are just 4 days out from the InVisibility SALON! Join us for SALON, Student Artist Live Opportunity Night, for performances, community, and artistic expression at the Tornabene Theatre, Feb. 28, 4-6pm 🩰🎭🎶🎨🎬
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We are just 4 days out from the InVisibility SALON! Join us for SALON, Student Artist Live Opportunity Night, for performances, community, and artistic expression at the Tornabene Theatre, Feb. 28, 4-6pm 🩰🎭🎶🎨🎬
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