Annual professional dance festival draws talent from around the country to Tempe Center for the Arts, ASU

More than two dozen top American choreographers and filmmakers will present their newest works at Breaking Ground 2013, CONDER/dance’s annual showcase of top dance and dance film work from Jan. 25-26 at Tempe Center for the Arts and Jan. 24 at ASU.

A media opportunity will be available with many of these world-class dancers at 10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 25. Call Kris Baxter-Ging at 480 250-5198 to make arrangements.


“This is our sixth year,” said company founder Carley Conder. “We are seeing a real connection between the films we feature and our live dance offerings. We adhere closely to a format emphasizing work that is not just contemporary, but also intensely, creatively innovative.”


Kicking off with a student showcase on Jan. 24 at Arizona State University’s Margaret Gisolo Studio Theater and continuing with two different professional programs Jan. 25- 26 at Tempe Center for the Arts, Breaking Ground will present a dazzling array of premieres from some of Arizona and America’s most fiercely fresh contemporary choreographers and filmmakers.


Here are the preview videos from 7 different choreographers: Eric Handman Jennifer Chin Joshua L. Peugh Jenny Showalter Delisa Myles Kaleena Franks Kris Pourzal


Besides Vias de Vuelo, an achingly lovely film by Mexican filmmaker Alfredo Salomon, the festival will screen the Israeli film, Love Song, by Simon Birman. Both are beautiful expressions of love, courage and loss.


The festival will also have strong and extraordinary work from choreographers and dancers such as New York artist Colleen Thomas, California artist Keith Johnson, Dallas-based artist Joshua L. Peugh, Jerome artist Delisa Myles, among others.


“It is exciting to bring such talented artists to Tempe, and it is even more exciting to be presenting talented Arizona artists alongside them,” Conder said.


Performance art, highly technical pure movement, multimedia collaborations and site specific work are all included in Breaking Ground 2013.


The selected dance works and films have been grouped in sets, including NEXT, featuring student work on Thursday, Jan. 24 at ASU’s Margaret Gisolo Studio Theater, and NOW I and NOW II on Jan. 25-26, featuring professional work at Tempe Center for the Arts.

Tickets for Breaking Ground 2013 are available from Tempe Center for the Arts, 480 350-2822, More information about Breaking Ground 2013 and CONDER/dance is available at or 480 570-3263.


About the Tempe Center for the Arts: 

The Tempe Center for the Arts on the shores of Tempe Town Lake is home to more than 700 events and performances annually. With its 600-seat theater, 200-seat studio, Lakeside Room, art gallery, lounge, board room and rooftop patio, it is Arizona’s best intimate setting for special events, performances and visual art.

City Council & Mayoral Candidate Forum – Tempe Arts & Culture

On Wednesday January 11th,2012 the Tempe Candidates for Mayor and City Council participated in a forum to discuss the future of the arts in Tempe.   Candidates were asked five questions regarding the arts and were also given time to discuss their general thoughts on why they are running for office and how they believe the arts is an integral part of the Tempe community.   The questions are as follows and the answers can be seen and heard by following the links below.

1.  Please tell us about your self your personal involvement in the arts throughout your life and what value the arts hold for you individually and what your personal philanthropy in the arts involves?

2. Please describe how arts and culture offerings contribute to the City of Tempe’s economic development strategy and under your leadership what level of attention will the arts receive as part of  your agenda?

3. The Tempe Center for The Arts (TCA) represents the largest investments of the arts in Tempe representing approximately 70million in capital  cost and two million  in annual operating in cost.  Our the citizens of Tempe  getting the best return on their investment and how would you improve the public investment and leverage private investment as well and what is your vision for the TCA?

Part 2:  When the  dedicated sales tax for the arts which passed in 2000 expires in 2020 (when you may be on your second term)  what leadership would you bring in the next few years to determine the fiscal future of the TCA?

4.  In 1988 the percent of the arts ordinance was passed which allocated 1% of  capital projects must be set aside to fund public arts projects and grants. In recent years with  the downturn of the economy   these funds set aside have been limited to funds supported by water funds only do you support reinstatement of these funds?

5. What are we as the City of Tempe not doing in the arts and culture arena that you would like to see?

Tempe Mayor Candidates Forum on Arts & Culture Link

Tempe City Council Candidates Forum on Arts & Culture Link


Upcoming Tempe Center for The Arts events and ticket info

For Immediate Release

Mary E. Fowler
City of Tempe
Management Assistant
(480) 350-2880

Event tickets go on sale at TCA

TELEPHONE: 480-350-2TCA (2822)

TEMPE, Ariz. – Tickets for a dance event, a charity gala and a jazz performance go on sale at 10 a.m. on Sept. 29 through the Tempe Center for the Arts (TCA) Box Office, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway.

Dias Dance Life presents “Beyond Motion Boundaries” at 8 p.m. on Oct. 15 in the TCA Studio. Beyond Motion Boundaries explores and redefines gravity in the most challenging way. This one year Celebration of Dias Dance Life features guests: France Cohen, Dulce Dance, SAJE and Desert Dance Theatre. Seating is general admission. Tickets are $15, not including service or convenience fees.

Tempe Community Action Agency presents “First Crush Charity Gala” from 6 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 21 in the TCA Lobby and North Patio. First Crush has become a tradition in Tempe with more than 300 people attending each year. Renowned jazz artist Alice Tatum and her band will entertain patrons while they sample a variety of wines accompanied by delicious tastings compliments of Santa Barbara Catering Company. Tables are filled with exciting gift baskets and packages for bid. Last year more than $50,000 was raised, of which 100% went to support all the programs and services TCAA provides to the Tempe community. Tickets are $75, not including service or convenience fees.

Memphiswest Music presents “Ladies’ Night Out II” from 6:30 to 11 p.m. on Oct. 29 in the TCA Theater. B.B. King Entertainer of the Year Janiva Magness headlines with Delta Groove Recording Artist Candye Kane and the Valley’s own Sugar Thieves in this Ladies’ Night Out Concert presented by Memphiswest Music. Tickets are $25, not including service or convenience fees.

For tickets to this and other events, visit the box office in person, order online at or call 480/350-2TCA (2822).