World premiere of ‘universUS’ Jan. 21

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By Laura Moore
Special to The PREVIEW

The original music and dance modern ballet, “universUS,” conceived by Ryan Hazelbaker and Steven Sitzman, will be performed for one night only at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts Wednesday, Jan. 21, at 7 p.m.

In the performance, Hazelbaker explores the relationships between our natural world on Earth, the mythical figure of Pan and the Cosmos.

“The forces of nature and the greater universe both pull and connect throughout the performance. Pan is a lighter figure. The muse to nature and she to him. Mysterious and never selfish — only selfless to nature. He is protective of nature and will do anything to preserve it,” said Hazelbaker.

Sitzman, who composed all the music for the performance, recently was honored with the Best of Buffalo, N.Y., award for his original music composition for the premiere of “Dracula.”

“It’s very gratifying to work with dancers for this production. They interpret my music in new ways that inspire me to keep pushing the envelope and going further,” remarked Sitzman.

Join us for an unforgettable evening of dance and unique storytelling that will stretch your imagination and provide a feast for the senses.

Thingamajig Theatre Company and Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts present “universUS,” an original composition by Ryan Hazelbaker and Steven Sitzman, appropriate for all ages, featuring Samuel Damare and Jaclyn Juola. The sole performance will be Jan. 21, at 7 p.m.

For tickets, visit www.pagosacenter.org or call 731-SHOW (7469).