(February 7, 2011)

Contact: Rick DelaHaya, Centenary News Services, 318.869.5073

New Orleans Dance Theatre brings work to Centenary

SHREVEPORT, La. (Centenary News Service) — The Chard Gonzalez Dance Theatre will perfom their latest work, The Divine Feminine, Friday, Feb. 18 at the Marjorie Lyons Playhouse beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Ticket prices are $15 for general admission or $12 for students (elementary through college) and seniors (60+), and will be available at the door.

Chard Gonzalez

The Divine Feminine was created from an inspirational reading of Portuguese playwright Armando Nacimento Rosa's "Mary of Magdala: A Gnostic Fable."

Chard's cast of amazing performers takes the audience on a ride through conflict and mayhem due to the seduction of a goddess, the wrath of a bitter queen, the marvel of a heroine plus other divine women and their boy-toys.

For more information on the performance, contact Sarah David, associate director, at 504.615.3093, or the Marjorie Lyons Playhouse at 318.869.5242.


The Chard Gonzalez Dance Theatre is a recently established nonprofit organization based in New Orleans. Their mission is to amplify the talents of dance theatre artists and to enhance the public's appreciation of dance theatre through evocative productions performed locally, nationally and internationally.

The Dance Theatre is focused on collaborative multi-media projects that offer perceptual challenges to both the artists and the audience. Gonzalez was nominated this year for two Big Easy Classical Arts Awards for Best Modern Presentation and Best Modern Choreography.

Originally from San Diego, Calif., Gonzalez received his BFA in Dance Performance at SUNY Purchase and his MA in Dance Studies at Laban Centre London. He has performed internationally with Douglas Dunn & Dancers (NYC), Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company (NYC), Compagnia Virgilio Sieni Danza (Italy), and Cathy Seago & Dancers (UK). He has taught modern, improvisation, choreography, dance history and contemporary dance at Laban Centre London, London Contemporary Dance School, Roehampton University and Douglas Anderson School of the Arts in Florida. His company was founded after performing at the first New Orleans Fringe Festival.

About Centenary College of Louisiana

Centenary College is a private, four-year arts and sciences college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Founded in 1825, it is the oldest chartered liberal arts college west of the Mississippi River and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Centenary is one of 16 colleges and universities constituting the Associated Colleges of the South and has been recognized as "One of the Best 373 Colleges" by the Princeton Review and one of "America's Best Colleges" and one of "America's Best Private Colleges" by Forbes.com. In 2008 Centenary College celebrated 100 years in Shreveport and Bossier City.