News Releases- 2010-2011

April 21- May 1, 2011 - Words Afire Festival of New Plays

The Words Afire Festival of New Plays features exciting world premieres by playwrights in UNM's award winning Dramatic Writing Program.

Panorama

The University of New Mexico's Department of Theatre and Dance is pleased to announce the line-up for the 11th Annual Words Afire Festival of New Plays: a series of new works written by the talented MFA students in UNM's award winning Dramatic Writing Program. Festival audiences have a unique opportunity to experience nine days of thrilling theatre and participate in the creation of these extraordinary new works as they are brought to life by an outstanding team of directors, actors, designers, and technicians. The 11th Annual Words Afire Festival runs April 21 through May 1, 2011, in Rodey Theatre and The Experimental Theatre on UNM's Main Campus.

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March 25, 2011 - Panorama

Students from UNM's Dance Program will perform alongside dancers from the world-famous Martha Graham Dance Company in Panorama

Panorama

This exceptional program will be presented one night only, Friday, March 25 at 8pm in Popejoy Hall. The re-staging of this historic piece and opportunity to perform alongside this professional company has been full of rich rewards in what it has brought to UNM students and as well as being an opportunity to build bridges between the community, high schools, the University and the professional dance world.

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March 25- April 3 - The Ghost Sonata

August Strindberg’s dark classic drama The Ghost Sonata directed by Van Hollenbeck

Ghost Sonata

The UNM Department of Theatre and Dance and SCRAP Productions present The Ghost Sonata. This dark classic drama will be performed in UNM’s Experimental Theatre from March 25th through April 3rd. With a bold and daring cast, first time director Van Hollenbeck invites you into a world “where the human soul is cast aside and we are left to wander the earth without purpose, like ghosts.”

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February 25 and 26, 2011-Convergencia

Convergencia, is an evening of original work that showcases the artistry of MFA candidate, Jeanne d`Arc Casas Panouze.

A native of Puetro Rico, Jeanne d'Arc began her MFA Studies in Choreography at the UNM in 2008 and is an instructor of modern and flamenco dance at the University. Convergencia includes five pieces: Herencia, a contemporary piece with original music by John Maestas, Asher Barreras and Enrique Chávez, Convergencias, which features traditional and contemporary flamenco techniques, Encuentos Casuales, (Alegrías) where she will be joined by Carlos Menchaca, Tangos de la Juana, performed by UNM student dancers and the program will close with La Luna (Soleá por bulerías) performed and choreographed by Ms. Casas Panouze. She will be accompanied by guitarists José Valle 'Chuscales' and Mario Febres. Vicente Griego, cante and Enrique Chávez, percussion.

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March 4-13, 2011-Strada

The choreography of UNM's remarkable dance faculty will be showcased in Strada, a spectacular evening of dance, March 4-13 in Rodey Theatre. Assistant Professor Vladimir Conde Reche is the artistic director of this exciting concert which highlights the skill and versatility of the students in the dance program. The featured work on this concert is an historic restaging of Martha Graham's Panorama by UNM's Mary Anne Newhall, and former Martha Graham dancers Eric Newton and Peggy Lyman Hayes. With diverse styles of dance, from modern to flamenco, to a glorious array of music ranging from Bach to jazz, the concert also includes works by choreographers Jennifer Predock-Linnell, Donna Jewell, Joaquin Encinias, and Vladimir Conde Reche.

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February 11 and 12, 2011-THE ANGOLA PROJECT

Cherry Orchard

CABULA6 and The University of New Mexico Department of Theatre and Dance present THE ANGOLA PROJECT, for two nights only, February 11 and 12 in the ARTS Lab Performance Space. THE ANGOLA PROJECT playfully straddles the worlds of performance and film-making as the audience watches a movie being constructed from fragments of film and narrative right before their eyes, only to crumble again into disarray. Based on Jeremy Xido's true life adventures of trying to make a feature film in Angola, THE ANGOLA PROJECT takes us on a dizzying journey through the history of colonial Portugal, the Travelogues of Burton Holmes, the films of Bruce Lee and Jim Kelly, the Detroit race riots/rebellion, Berlin documentary film crews in Africa and the blood-thirsty mechanisms of international film finance. THE ANGOLA PROJECT is a funny and moving investigation into global events and the complex unexpected polycultural mash-up identities emerging in the 21st Century.

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February 25- March 6, 2011- And Then They Came For Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank

Cherry Orchard

And Then They Came for Me weaves videotaped interviews with Ed Silverberg (Anne's childhood sweetheart) and Eva Schloss (a neighbor who went into hiding the same day as Anne) with a digital photo montage, haunting sound design and scenes in which actors recreate their lives, And Then They Came for Me bridges the gap between live theatre and documentary. Part oral history, part dramatic action, part remembrance, this play breaks new ground and has been acclaimed by audiences and critics in world-wide productions. Eva Schloss will be in residence during the run of the play and will speak with audiences after performances.

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November 12, 2010 The Cherry Orchard

In celebration of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Anton Chekhov, the UNM Department of Theatre and Dance proudly presents The Cherry Orchard, directed by Bill Walters, November 12-21 in Rodey Theatre

Cherry Orchard

More than a century after it was written, Chekhov’s last and most beloved play continues to captivate with its rich and insightful portrait of people in the grip of change. Liubóv Ranyévskaya returns from Paris to find that her ancestral estate and beloved cherry orchard are about to be sold to pay for mounting debts. In the midst of this economic upheaval, Chekhov gives us a magnificent comedy whose deeply human characters cope with the trials of daily life. Filled with humor, pathos, and truth, The Cherry Orchard is a masterpiece not to be missed.

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Nov. 5, 2010 The Words Afire New Play Festival Directed Readings

The UNM Department of Theatre and Dance announces the Words Afire New Play Festival Directed Readings, an exciting “first look” at new plays by Georgina Escobar, Riti Sachdeva, Nic Wehrwein and Law Chavez, in development for the next Words Afire Festival, with guest adjudicator Megan Monaghan.

WAF

Presented will be three days of readings of new works selected for the Words Afire Festival where audiences will be able to catch a sneak peek into the development of individual plays and enjoy the thrill of seeing actors and directors breathe life into these plays for the first time. Plays included in the series are The Ruin, by Georgina Escobar, Where Things Make Sense by Nic Wehrwein, La Fea’s FlamenChoreoMyth by Riti Sachdeva, and The Story of Caballos Muertos by Law Chavez.

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October 22, 2010-Still/Moving

Still/Moving, a vibrant, eclectic compilation of original works by emerging undergraduate and graduate choreographers

Still/Moving

Still/Moving is an evening of dance choreographed by the very finest of UNM student choreographers, offering a wide variety of styles, and exploring a vast landscape of emotional and aesthetic content. Pushing the cutting edge of art and movement in a variety of dance forms, the talent and vitality of the young choreographers in the dance program at UNM are highlighted in this extraordinary concert of student works for the stage. Still/Moving will be presented for only four performances, in Carlisle Performance Space, October 22nd, 23rd and 24th.

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October 22, 2010-No Exit

The UNM Department of Theatre and Dance and SCRAP Productions present Jean-Paul Sartre's existential masterpiece, No Exit in the Experimental Theatre from October 22nd-October 31st.

No Exit

From the great French philosopher, Jean-Paul Sartre, comes one of the most chilling and unforgettable portrayals of hell. Garcin, Inez, and Estelle are three souls who have been condemned to spend their afterlife in hell. However, upon their arrival they are shocked to find that there is no fire, red-hot pincers, or torturer. Instead they are each lead into a simple drawing room where they are to stay together for eternity. Will these three souls be able to coexist with one another? Only time will tell, all time that is. Directed by Joseph Montoya, No Exit invites you to take a journey into the realm of the absurd, and open your mind to explore a different view of hell.

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October 1, 2010 - The Firebugs

Paul Ford directs Max Frisch’s comic masterpiece, The Firebugs, October 1-10 in UNM’s Experimental Theatre.

Firebugs Publicity Shot

The adage, “where there’s smoke, there’s fire” takes on new meaning when Paul Ford directs Max Frisch’s comic masterpiece, The Firebugs, as the inaugural production of the UNM Theatre and Dance 2010-2011 season. Translated by Mordecai Gorelik, The Firebugs, through dark humor and outrageous irony, tells the story of Gottlieb Biedermann, an "upstanding" citizen who pathetically ignores the evil lurking right under his nose. Written in the 1950’s in response to passivity in the face of the Holocaust, Max Frisch’s political parable is both a timely and wickedly-funny warning about the consequences of self-deception and complacency.

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September 30, 2010 - The Glory Box

Firebugs Publicity Shot

The UNM Department of Theatre and Dance along with Equality New Mexico proudly present internationally acclaimed performance artist, Tim Miller, for one night only, in a performance of GLORY BOX, a funny, sexy, and politically charged exploration of same-sex marriage and the struggle for immigration rights for lesbian and gay bi-national couples, at 7:30 pm, on Thursday, September 30, in Rodey Theatre on UNM’s Main Campus. Tim Miller’s creative work as a performer and writer explores the artistic, spiritual and political topography of his identity as a gay man. Anita Gates, writing in the New York Times, describes Miller as "a charming and wildly energetic storyteller! Funny, forceful and full of vigorous gay pride!"

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