News Releases 2011-2012

Digby Wolfe died in Albuquerque, his adopted city, on May 2 after a distinguished career as writer and performer spanning seven decades in three continents.  After thirty years in Hollywood, including his Emmy-winning stint writing the NBC-TV series Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In, Wolfe came to Albuquerque to teach at the University of New Mexico’s Department of Theatre and Dance.  A memorial service will be held on June 10 in the UNM Experimental Theatre from 2-4PM.

 

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April 27-May 6, 2012-Motionetics

Motionetics is a vibrant, eclectic compilation of original works by emerging undergraduate and graduate choreographers from the UNM Dance Program, April 27-May 6 in Carlisle Performance Space.

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Motionetics 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. 

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April 20-April 29, 2012-Port Twilight

The University of New Mexico’s Department of Theatre and Dance presents Port Twilight by OBIE award winning playwright Len Jenkin, and directed by Bill Walters, April 20-29 in Rodey Theatre.

Panorama This futuristic sci-fi thriller, heralded as “a work of true theatrical genius,” takes us to the mysterious town of Port Twilight where workers at the OPME (Off-Planet Message Exchange) scan radio waves for messages from other planets. Playwright Len Jenkin will be in Albuquerque for the premiere and will lead a post performance discussion. UNM has been invited to take this production to the Asia Theatre Education Centre International Theatre Festival in Beijing, China this May.

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April 12-April 22, 2012-Words Afire! Festival of New Plays

Extraordinary new works by UNM's talented MFA students are brought to life at the 12th Annual Words Afire! Festival of New Plays

Panorama The world premiere works in the 2012 Words Afire Festival include the fully-staged production of Señora de la Pinta, by Law Chavez, as well as directed readings of Casualties of Dreams and Sand by Christina Hjelm, Wrecking by Kevin R. Elder, Half Empty by Zee Eskeets, The House That Che Built, by Barney Lopez, and an Evening of Screenplay Readings by various writers. The playwrights, actors, and designers are joined by a team of exceptional guest directors for this year’s Festival. Daniel Banks, will direct Señora de la Pinta and Valli Rivera, Shephard Sobel, Paul Ford and Becca Holmes bring their expertise to the directed readings.

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March 9-10, 2012 Ilhuicamina

A Flamenco Work Created by Marisol Encinias.

Panorama Ilhuicamina, one who shoots bolts into the sky is the given name of Marisol Encinias, the creator of the flamenco work that will take place March 9th and 10th at 7:30pm at the University of New Mexico’s Rodey Theater.  Ilhuicamina is the culmination of Encinias’ Master of Fine Arts degree requisite. Ilhuicamina is the product years of discovery and rediscovery, building-up and breaking down.  It is a solo flamenco concert that describes an artistic journey that began decades ago, enriched through the process of her professional degree program.  In the work, Encinias moves between sensations, emotions, thoughts and circumstances. Encinias embraces tradition while breaking from convention.  Ilhuicamina reveals Encinias to the audience in a beautiful, alluring and meaningful manner through the profound intensity of flamenco.  Musicians Vicente Griego, Ricardo Anglada and Carlos Menchaca will join Marisol Encinias in this premiere solo work.

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March 1-18, 2012 Eurydice and Electricidad

The UNM Department of Theatre and Dance and SCRAP Productions present Eurydice and Electricidad, two modern retellings of classic Greek tales .

Panorama UNM’s Department of Theatre and Dance and the UNM student theatre organization, SCRAP Productions present, Eurydice, by Sarah Ruhl and Electricidad, by Luis Alfaro running in repertory in the Experimental Theatre from March 1st-March 18th.  Directors Rachel Leos and Matthew McVey Lee lead two remarkable casts in these modern retellings of classic stories by two of the most compelling playwrights in contemporary theatre.

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February 24-March 4, 2012-NOVA

Rodey Theatre blazes with the choreography of UNM’s stellar dance faculty in NOVA, February 24-March 4.

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Assistant Professor Vladimir Conde Reche is the artistic director of this vibrant concert which features the dazzling talent of the students in UNM’s dance program. UNM welcomes guest artist, Takehiro Ueyama to stage an excerpt from SALARYMAN, his salute to Japan’s resilient nature. Also featured on the program will be an excerpt from Martha Graham’s Dark Meadow, re-staged by former Martha Graham dancer Eric Newton, and coached by UNM’s Mary Anne Newhall. Head of Dance, Donna Jewell choreographs two works, The Butterfly and All In, a unique dance film. Vladimir Conde Reche explores physicality in different ways in his two new works, Loss of the Absent and Thirst and the fire and passion of flamenco is showcased in Alegrias, choreographed by Antonio Granjero and Eva Encinias Sandoval.

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November 4-20, 2011-The Rocky Horror Show

It’s time to do the Time Warp again! The UNM Department of Theatre and Dance presents The Rocky Horror Show in Rodey Theatre, LIVE!

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The Rocky Horror Show, originally staged in London in 1973, is a bizarre mixture of classic Sci-fi movies and Marvel comic books with a fantastic rock score that runs the gamut from glam to rockabilly. Clean-cut couple, Brad Majors and his fiancée Janet Weiss are on their way to visit an old college professor when their car breaks down. Seeking help, they end up at the castle of Dr. Frank N Furter in the midst of one of his wild experiments. Experience the adventure of the young sweethearts as never before, when their lives are turned upside down by this "sweet transvestite" and his bevy of outrageous aliens, as The Rocky Horror Show rocks Rodey!
 Parental Advisory: Strong sexual content.

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October 21-30, 2011-Doctor Faustus

Doctor Faustus, is a new take on the classic play by Christopher Marlowe, directed by Justino Brokaw, with performances October 21-30 in the Experimental Theatre, Co-Produced with SCRAP (UNM Student Theatre Organization.)

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Director Justino Brokaw takes a new look at a classic play: Dr. John Faustus, UNM professor, has an unrivalled lust for knowledge. He consumes and masters every academic field of study he can, until only one kind of knowledge remains unknown-magic. And so Dr. Faustus summons the demon Mephistopheles, offering his soul to Lucifer for supreme power and knowledge. What follows is a dark tale of ambition, temptation, and despair as the forces of Heaven and Hell do battle for the soul of one man: Dr. Faustus.

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October 21-30, 2011-Moving Forward

Moving Forward 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. 

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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. The artistic directors are Donna Jewell and Mary Anne Santos Newhall.   Moving Forwardwill be presented for only 6 performances, in Carlisle Performance Space, October 21-30. 

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September 30 - October 9 - The Eccentricities of a Nightingale

In honor of Williams’100th birthday, Shepard Sobel directs this poignant, often funny, and deeply moving play by America’s dramatist of the disenfranchised

Panorama UNM’s Department of Theatre and Dance opens its 2011-2012 production season with The Eccentricities of a Nightingale, written by Tennessee Williams and directed by Shepard Sobel, September 30 through October 9 in The Experimental Theatre. The Eccentricities of a Nightingale is Tennessee Williams' bittersweet love song to one of his dearest and most desperate misfits, and is UNM’s contribution to the year-long Tennessee Williams Festival in Albuquerque, sponsored by the Albuquerque Theatre Guild.

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September 23, 2011-Three’s A Charm

A Concert of UNM Dance Alumni Artists
Wade Madsen, Licia Perea, and Rujeko Dumbutshena

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Three wonderfully gifted alumni choreographers will be returning to UNM to show their brilliant dancing and choreography for the annual Alumni Artists Concert benefitting Dance Scholarships at UNM.  Seattle’s witty actor/dancer Wade Madsen, the haunting and dramatic dancer, Licia Perea from Los Angeles, and the neo-traditional African dancer, Rujeko Dumbutshena, will perform for two nights only, September 23 and 24 at 7:30pm, in the Carlisle Performance Space, located in Carlisle Gymnasium on UNM’s main campus.

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April 29, 2011 - Open the Unknown

Open the Unknown 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.

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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. Open the Unknown will be presented for only 6 performances, in Carlisle Performance Space, April 29th, 30th and May 1st, 6th, 7th and 8th.

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