School of Theatre & Dance

DanceUSF 2018 Fall Dance Concert


2018 Fall Dance Concert
Oct 4 – Oct 6 at 7:30pm
Oct 6 & 7 at 3:00pm
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For tickets and information: 813-974-2323 or arts.usf.edu

The 2018 Fall Dance Concert will be an evening to remember!  Featuring the masterwork Vespers choreographed by Ulysses Dove, set on our dancers by Alfred L. Dove, as well as works by DanceUSF faculty members Andrew Carroll, Bliss Kohlmyer, and Andee Scott.

Ulysses Dove was acclaimed as a “choreographer with a bold new voice,” New York Times, 1986. A native of Columbia, South Carolina: Ulysses began studying dance at Boggs Academy in Georgia and after receiving his B.A. in dance from Bennington College, he moved to New York City where he performed in Anna Sokolow classic Rooms. He also danced with the companies of Mary Anthony and Merce Cunningham.  In 1973 he joined the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Shortly after which he rose to the rank of principal dancer, acclaimed for his commanding presence, bright clarity of movement, and truthful dramatic intensity. In 1979 Ulysses made his professional choreographic debut with the piece I See The Moon…. and The Moon Sees Me. Ulysses turned to choreography at Mr. Ailey's urging, and created the 1980 solo Inside for Judith Jamison. From 1980 to 1983, Dove was the assistant director of the Groupe de Recherche Choregraphique de l’Opéra de Paris. As a freelance choreographer after leaving the Paris, Ulysses Dove has created over 26 works for ballet and modern dance companies.  While a freelance choreographer, Ulysses works can be seen in the repertories of several major dance companies throughout the world such as: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Dutch National Ballet, the Royal Swedish Ballet, Basel Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Ballet West, Pacific Northwest Ballet, the London Festival Ballet and several others.

Ulysses Dove has been the proud recipient of two choreographic grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Bessie award, and a 1995 prime time Emmy Award for best choreography for the “Dance in America” special Two by Dove. Ulysses Dove made his final transition on June 11, 1996; in 2006 his brother Alfred Dove became the Administrator of his balletic estate.


Ulysses Dove’s Vespers drew tumultuous cheers in a performance by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and it is easy to see why. Vespers is a series of ventures from and back to the ranked chairs that frame the dance’s second half, and of brief, bursting, spinning solos and encounter in the black between.
                  – Jennifer Dunning

Vespers was inspired by memories of Dove’s grandmother, her energy, and the small wooden building where she met with other women to worship. An insistent percussion score by Mikel Rouse evoke both urgency and restraint as six women is black dresses assemble and reassemble themselves vigorously around wooden chairs.

A native of Columbia, South Carolina, Alfred L. Dove graduated from Howard University in 1990 with a BFA Cum Laude in Acting, and with an MFA in Dance from the University of California, Irvine in 1999. He has experience in instruction, counseling, directing, choreographing and administration and has taught Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre and The Performance Arts courses for the several colleges and universities including University of California at Irvine, Howard University, The Ohio State University, Columbus State Community College, Wittenberg University, Denison University, Northern Kentucky University, George Washington University, Denver Metro College, The University of Utah at Salt Lake City. 

In Mr. Dove’s twenty-five year career, he has performed in several national and international touring productions on Broadway and throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Japan. He has performed in various companies including Walter Nicks Dancers “Paris” France; Louis Johnson’s and Eleo Pomare’s The Negro Ensemble Theatre Company: Black Dance Classics NYC; Geoffrey Holder’s The Wiz “Lead Winged Monkey”, International Tour; Donald McKayle’s Purlie, Sweet Charity, and Emperor Jones; and Judith Jamison’s Philadelphia Opera production of Mefistofele. As Director of The Dove Art Programs, Inc., he has collaborated with and served as director/choreographer for the BalletMet curriculum development/instruction and Columbus Area, Inc.’s production of The Chocolate Nutcracker (an educational cultural arts event servicing over 1,200 youth and adult performers). Alfred also served as the Director of Dance Theatre, Wayne Center for the Arts in Wooster, OH and the Director of Education for the King Arts Complex: Saturday, Winter and Spring Break Academy.

The city of Columbus Mayor’s office has recognized Mr. Dove on two occasions for his work in the community at the King Arts Complex and for the The Lincoln Theatre Black History Month celebrations. Mr. Dove has also been recognized for the New Talent Showcase at the Northeastern Ohio Dance Conference at Cuyahoga Community College; The International Association of Blacks in Dance, Choreographer Lecture series, and Columbus PANDU Collective. Dove has served as Artist in Residence, directing and/or choreographing for the following productions: The House of the Blues, Black Nativity, Goin’ Home; Ain’t Nothing But the Blues; Wedding Band, Beehive; The Wiz, Harvest the Frost; with Denison University; Copenhagen Ballet, Denmark and the PBS Square One special “Think about the Problem.” 
Mr. Dove finds great satisfaction in working with “in-school/at-risk” youth and incarcerated youth programs. His motto is “Excellence is the mark, LET’S HIT IT!” and “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.” 

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