Orchesis will perform a variety of dance genres including modern, jazz, ballet and contemporary. | Kiel Carreau/Courtesy photo

Annie Vainshtein

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The Cal Poly Theatre & Dance Department will present the Orchesis Dance Company’s 45th anniversary concert, opening Jan. 23 at 8 p.m. in the Alex and Faye Spanos Theatre.

The concert, entitled “Release,” was curated through the work of three guest artists: Mike Esperanza, who directs the dance company BARE; Mark A. Haines, a professor at Riverside City College; and renowned choreographer Nancy Cranbourne.

The ending portion of the concert, constructed by Esperanza, will feature a variety of Mumford & Sons songs.

The concert will feature dance styles across all genres, including modern, jazz, ballet and contemporary.

The three guest artists, all established in their field, have worked with the company’s dancers and helped select participants in the show.

“It’s a big deal to bring in people of such caliber to this university,” assistant professor of dance Christy McNeil said. “We try to bring in people that will give opportunities to our students on a professional level that they wouldn’t normally get in such a small town.”

After its opening concert, “Release” will continue Jan. 24 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Jan. 29 at 8 p.m., Jan. 30 at 8 p.m. and Jan. 31 at 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online and cost $12 for Cal Poly students and $20 for general admission.

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