UpStart: An MFA Dance Research Concert Second-year MFA in Dance students present an evening of new, experimental works in preparation for their culminating thesis projects. Featuring a wide array of approaches to the choreograph method, from deeply embodying tradition to... Read More
Qwanqwa is an experimental/traditional ensemble from Addis Abeba, Ethiopia, whose sound features a mix of traditional and modern instruments, keeping audiences rapt with swirling mesenko (one-stringed fiddle), punk krar solos (electric lyre), wah-wah-violin, bass krar boom, the unstoppable rhythm of heavy kebero (goat-skin drum) beats, and powerful traditional lead African diva vocals.
Based on the unfinished Charles Dickens' novel, this detective story of murder, love, and sleepy town opium dens has tantalized readers for ages. This musical version, written by Rupert Holmes (who also had a #1 pop hit with Escape-The Piña Colada Song), won Tony awards for Best Book of a Musical and Best Musical Score.
Winterdances concert features an evening of premieres from our faculty and guest artist Kia Smith, artistic director of South Chicago Dance Theatre. The evening will feature original music composed by Andy Miller. Join dance faculty choreographers Daniel Burkholder, Mair Culbreth, Karlies Kelley, and guest artist Kia Smith for an evening of kineticism, imagination and hope.
This musical weaves together popular swing, jazz, blues, and bebop of the 1930’s and 40’s in a review that moves from the Great Depression into the post-World War II boom. Filled with standards from The American Songbook, the Gershwins, Hoagy Carmichael, and Duke Ellington (amongst many others) are featured.
Lynn Nottage’s play enters the heart of working-class America, exploring the effects the loss of heavy industry and the changing ethnic composition of Reading, PA has on two friends. This deep examination of race, economics, and the human condition during the 2016 presidential election ramp up was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 2017.
Springdances concert features an evening of premieres from our faculty and guest artist Alfonso Cervera, artistic director of Primera Generación Dance Collective. Join dance faculty choreographers Zakiya Cornish, Maria Gillespie, Dan Schuchart, and guest artist Alfonso Cervera for an evening of kineticism, imagination and hope.