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Assemblage of dance

Weekend festival honors classical, modern forms

Yulia Ilina will perform a variation of Carmen Suite at Collage 2014: A Denton Dance Festival this weekend. Ilina, a Russian ballerina and artist-in-residence with Denton Dance Conservatory, comes to Denton from the Kiev Ballet School in Ukraine. She danced as a soloist with the St. Petersburg State Academic Ballet Theatre under Boris Eifman and then the St. Petersburg State Ballet Theatre under L. Jacobson. Ilina dances choreographer A. Alonso’s variation of Carmen, set to music from Bizet’s opera.

Collage 2014 is coordinated and presented by Denton City Contemporary Ballet and its artistic director, Lisa Racina-Torre. Racina-Torre started the dance festival in part to inspire emerging and student dancers who are in the contemporary ballet, the resident company of Racina-Torre’s Denton Dance Conservatory, and put them on the stage with professional dancers.

The dance festival perennially showcases a variety of dance. This year, the festival includes performances by: Denton-Dallas-Fort Worth modern dance company Simple Sparrow Dance, multigenerational Denton company Green Space Dance, and the Denton Swing Dance Organization.

In addition to Ilina, the festival includes a performance by guest dancer Jasmine Jaramillo Morris, a former co-assistant artistic director of Denton City Contemporary Ballet.

— Lucinda Breeding


What: Denton City Contemporary Ballet hosts a festival of dance by North Texas dance companies and guests.

When: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday

Where: Campus Theatre, 214 W. Hickory St.

Details: Tickets cost $17 for adults, $13 for students with ID and seniors 62 and older. Seating is reserved. The performance is suitable for all ages. For reservations, call 940-382-1915.