Zikr Dance Ensemble's ‘Sacred Spaces II’ coming to Lone Tree Arts Center

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Zikr Dance Ensemble will bring its “Sacred Spaces II” dance concert to Lone Tree Arts Center at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. July 28 with a program that ranges from ancient ritual to contemporary ballet.

Artistic Director David Taylor said the program will include three of his critically acclaimed works: “In Your Eyes,” “Time’s Up” and his newest work, “Field of Fire.” It will be somewhat different from the recent program at PACE Center in Parker and will have three different dancers.

Taylor has had a strong interest in worldwide sacred dance for many years. He hopes to encourage spiritual tolerance and multicultural understanding by presenting a variety of dances in the company’s repertoire, as well as new works based on history and cultures.

Some works are inspired by G. I. Gurdjieff, who traveled in central Asia and Africa, visiting monastic communities and others, studying their sacred dance. After the Russian Revolution, he moved to Paris, started an institute and taught as his movements became more familiar in the Western world. Nationally acclaimed teacher Deborah Longo flew to Colorado earlier this year to teach several of the works to the Zikr dancers, who also belong to other professional local dance companies, including Colorado Ballet.

“Sacred Spaces II” offers projections and special lighting to accompany the music and dance in a multimedia production.

Taylor, who founded David Taylor Dance Company, is school director of Denver Ballet School and teaches at Colorado State University.

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