Dancers’ Circle Champagne Reception, March 6

Celebrate the opening performance of Dance Repertory Theatre’s Kinesthetic Imperative, Thursday, March 6.

Join Department of Theatre and Dance Chair Brant Pope and dance faculty for a special pre-show champagne reception, followed by a discussion with artistic directors David Justin and Yacov Sharir and the evening’s performance of Kinesthetic Imperative.

Space for the champagne reception is limited. RSVP by March 5 to Nick Nobel at (512) 232-5337 or nobel@utexas.edu.

Champagne Reception
6:30 p.m. Drinks and Light Food
F. Loren Winship Drama Building Atrium

Kinesthetic Imperative Decoded
A pre-performance discussion with artistic directors David Justin and Yacov Sharir
7:30 p.m.
F. Loren Winship Drama Building
B. Iden Payne Theatre

Performance of Kinesthetic Imperative
8:00 p.m.
F. Loren Winship Drama Building
B. Iden Payne Theatre

Performance Tickets for Kinesthetic Imperative
Tickets ($25 adults, $20 UT faculty & staff, $15 student) are now on sale at authorized ticket outlets, which include the Bass Concert Hall Box Office, most H-E-B stores and all Texas Box Office outlets, online, or by calling (512) 477-6060 or (800) 982-BEVO. Tickets are also available at the F. Loren Winship Drama Building Box Office beginning at 7:00 p.m. Sales at the Winship Box Office are cash or check only.

About Kinesthetic Imperative
The spring concert is a showcase of unique and compelling dance works created by nationally renowned choreographers, including Merce Cunningham, a leader of American avant-garde dance.

With a name inspired by Shirlee Dodge, UT’s first dance professor, Kinesthetic Imperative emphasizes the past, present, and future of dance. Featuring work from well-known choreographers, Beach Birds by Merce Cunningham and Clear the Air by Millicent Johnnie; along with UT student choreographers Erica Saucedo with White Noise (RGB) and Kelsey Oliver’s The Great Green Greazy Limpopo River; and dance faculty member David Justin’s mesmerizing piece Quiver returns to the stage.

Learn more about the performance and buy your tickets today!

"Beach Birds" by Merce Cunningham
Photo: Lawrence Peart, Courtesy of The University of Texas at Austin

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Diavolo Dance Theatre’s newest work Fluid Infinities features the Department of Theatre and Dance’s alumna Chelsea Pierce (BFA 2012). Chelsea began dancing for Diavolo Dance Theatre, a modern acrobatic dance company based out of Los Angeles, immediately following her graduation. Since joining the company, Chelsea has been rehearsing and performing non-stop all over the world with the company. Chelsea shared with us that “the mental and physical drive and strength it takes to do this work has shaped [her] into a true professional artist.” In February, Diavolo Dance Theatre will start their spring tour in Australia and end it at the Movimentos Festival in Germany. 
Check out Chelsea in this Fluid Infinitives video. Chelsea is the first dancer to enter, and for the remainder of the first segment, she remains far stage right.

Diavolo Dance Theatre’s newest work Fluid Infinities features the Department of Theatre and Dance’s alumna Chelsea Pierce (BFA 2012). Chelsea began dancing for Diavolo Dance Theatre, a modern acrobatic dance company based out of Los Angeles, immediately following her graduation. Since joining the company, Chelsea has been rehearsing and performing non-stop all over the world with the company. Chelsea shared with us that “the mental and physical drive and strength it takes to do this work has shaped [her] into a true professional artist.” In February, Diavolo Dance Theatre will start their spring tour in Australia and end it at the Movimentos Festival in Germany. 

Check out Chelsea in this Fluid Infinitives video. Chelsea is the first dancer to enter, and for the remainder of the first segment, she remains far stage right.

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A sneak peek of FALL FOR DANCE
Opening November 15th at the B. Iden Payne Theatre

Hear from artistic director David Justin, choreographer Stacy Skolnik and see moments from the rehearsal process!

About the Dance Concert
Fall For Dance, a collection of works by nationally acclaimed choreographers Mark Morris, David Justin, Holly Williams, and Yoav Kaddar, runs November 15-24 at the B. Iden Payne Theatre.
 
Performed by the award-winning student dance company Dance Repertory Theatre, Fall For Dance highlights include Mark Morris’ masterpiece Grand Duo. Proclaimed “one of the greatest living choreographers” by The New Yorker, Morris has had a profound impact on the dance world ever since he burst onto the scene in 1980, and continues to create important new works with a singular ability to combine beautiful music, graceful movement, and delicious wit. Grand Duo, created in 1993, is a celebration of complex rhythms and dark, tribal mysteries performed to music by American composer Lou Harrison.

PROGRAM

Dance Repertory Theatre presents Fall For Dance
Artistic Directors: David Justin and Holly Williams
 
Raw
Choreography by Yoav Kaddar
 
Unspeakable Truths
Choreography by Stacy Skolnik
 
Orchid (premiere)
Choreography by Holly Williams
 
Quiver
Choreography by David Justin
 
Grand Duo
By Mark Morris

Performance Information:
November 15, 21-23 at 8:00 p.m. and November 17, 23-24 at 2:00 p.m. at the B. Iden Payne Theatre (300 E. 23rd St.), located in the F. Loren Winship Drama Building on the UT campus.

Buy your tickets today online or by phone at 512-477-6060.

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Photos: Lawrence Peart, Courtesy of The University of Texas at Austin

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Featured Faculty: Rebecca Rossen

Program Area: Performance as Public Practice

  • Rebecca Rossen completed a draft of her manuscript, Dancing Jewish: Jewish Identity in American Modern and Postmodern Dance, and sent all 400 pages of it to her publisher, Oxford University Press.
  • She was awarded a SRA grant to revise the manuscript over the summer, and looks forward to entering the final phase of the publishing process in the fall!
  • In addition, she delivered a paper at The Congress on Research in Dance and will speak at Performance Studies International this summer.

Learn more about Rebecca Rossen.

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Featured Faculty: Charles O. Anderson

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Program Area: Dance

  • Charles O. Anderson was selected as one of four U.S. choreographers/dance educators to teach and present work in Beijing and Shanghai, China through a Cultural Exchange Program sponsored by the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Embassy in Beijing.
  • He was also invited onto the faculty of the American Dance Festival at Duke University this Summer and selected as Guest Artist in Residence at Temple University to present his newest work with his company, dance theatre X, entitled Restless Natives.
  • A preview of Restless Natives will be presented by Texas Performing Arts in September 2013. Fusebox Festival will produce the world premiere in 2014.

Learn more about Charles O. Anderson on our website!

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Alumna Kassandra Patterson Begins Work at Walt Disney Imagineering

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In June, Kassandra Patterson (BA 2010) graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design with a MFA in Production Design. Prior to her graduation, Kassandra worked as a scenic artist for the themed entertainment fabrication company Themeworks. While at Themeworks, she worked on projects for Sea World, Disney, Ripley’s, and the Navy Museum in Washington, D.C.

She currently works for the design and development department of Walt Disney Imagineering.

Although a designer now, Kassandra spent most of her time at the UT Department of Theatre and Dance studying dance. She credits Texas Performing Arts Teaching Artist Karen Maness for helping guide her career path.

Photo: Kaiti Patterson Photography

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Ears, Eyes + Feet, May 3-4

The Department of Theatre and Dance presents Ears, Eyes + Feet, collaborative works by composers, choreographers and video artists from The University of Texas at Austin.

May 3, 4 at 8:00 p.m.
B. Iden Payne Theatre

The performances are free and open to the public.

About Ears, Eyes + Feet
This annual performance of collaborative invention and experimentation showcases the talents of students and faculty from the Butler School of Music and Department of Theatre and Dance. Works include:

  • Untitled by Courtney Mazeika and Hallie Ward
  • Human Propulsion by Erica Saucedo and Stacy Skolnik
  • Fissured by Tawny Garcia and Victoria Mora
  • Stuck (working title) by Audrey Halm
  • The Air We Breathe by Lily Amelie Hayes and Avery Hurst
  • Oddworlds by Lucy Kerr
  • Lost in Translation by Kate Kislingbury and Yvonne Ferrufino
  • Ice Formations by Kassie Kelly and Chelsea Pribble
  • Colliders by Mackenzie Taylor
  • The Song of Ourselves by Kelsey Rondeau

Patrons may purchase parking in advance at a discounted rate for $6 for Ears, Eyes + Feet online at utparking.clickandpark.com/venues. The discounted parking is only available online until 10:00 p.m. the day prior to the event.

For more information about Ears, Eyes + Feet, call 512-471-5793.

For updates on Ears, Eyes + Feet, join the event on Facebook!

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Alumna YaliniDream Blends Theater, Poetry, Song and Dance

YaliniDream (formerly Yalini Thambynayagam) (BA 2000) is a 2013 artist in residence at University of Michigan’s Center for World Performance Studies. One of the South Asian diaspora’s most prominent performance poets, she has toured nationally at hundreds of venues throughout the U.S. as well as Europe and South Asia. Her work has been performed at theater venues such as NYC’s Lincoln Center and New York Live Arts (formerly Dance Theater Workshop), Manchester’s Contact Theater, Houston’s Diverse Works, Chicago’s Vittum Theater; poetry venues such as NYC’s Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Minneapolis’s The Loft, London’s Royal Vauxhall Tavern, and universities such as Yale (USA), University of Manchester (UK), Loyola College (India), and University of Peradeniya (Sri Lanka).

YaliniDream was a 2006 Mid-Atlantic Artists in Community Fellow at the Asian Arts Initiative, a panelist for the Leeway Foundation’s 2007 Transformation Awards, a 2008 Urban Arts Initiative Fellow and a 2010 recipient of the Jerome Foundation’s Travel and Study Award in Literature.

She has facilitated workshops for war-affected communities in Sri Lankan refugee camps in Tamil Nadu, India as well as war-affected communities in Mannar, Vavuniya and Batticaloa, Sri Lanka. In addition, she has worked with survivors of violence from multiple communities including Cambodian-American and communities of African descent in the United States.

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Scott Marlowe (BFA 2004) Stars in “Test”

Alumnus Scott Marlowe stars as “Frankie” in the new film Test by Chris Mason Johnson. Test is the poignant, powerful story set in the San Francisco modern dance scene of 1985, in the early years of the AIDS epidemic.

Marlowe is the Artistic Associate of San Francisco based LEVYdance and has been creating and performing with the company since 2005. He began his dance training at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from The University of Texas at Austin. Test is his first feature film project.

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