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April 22-May 1, 2016 The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Directed by Kathleen Clawson, Music Direction by Paul Roth, Choreography by Donna Jewell

The UNM Department of Theatre and Dance proudly presents William Finn’s The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, a fast-paced, funny, and warm-hearted musical that chronicles the experiences of six adolescents, as they vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime.

While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories, six quirky adolescents spell their way through a series of words hoping to never hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing “ding” of the bell that signals a spelling mistake.  Performances run April 22 through May 1, 2016 in Rodey Theatre. Directed by Kathleen Clawson, with music direction by Paul J. Roth and choreography by Donna Jewell, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is riotous ride complete with audience participation that has charmed audiences across the country with its effortless wit and humor.

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April 8-17, 2016 Linnell Festival of New Plays,
Artistic Director by Gregory S. Moss

The University of New Mexico’s Department of Theatre and Dance is pleased to announce the world premieres of Chatterbox, by Rebecca Sánchez, directed by Morgan Green and Angels All Die, by Denise Hinson, directed by Dan Rogers as part of the 2016 Linnell Festival of New Plays at UNM

This year’s festival also includes directed readings of new works by 2nd year MFA playwrights Stephanie Grilo, Drew Morrison, and Krista Pino as well as an afternoon of works by 1st year MFA playwrights, and an evening of Screenplay Readings. All playwrights are MFA candidates in UNM’s award winning Graduate Program in Dramatic Writing. Performances of these new works run April 8 through 17, 2016 in The Experimental Theatre on UNM’s Main Campus.

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February 26-March 6, 2016 KNOWHERE Faculty Dance Concert, Artistic Director by Vladimir Conde Reche

With choreography by Donna Jewell, Javier Latorre, Valeriano Paños, Vladimir Conde Reche, Tomaž Simatović and Carmen “La Talegona”, the annual faculty dance concert is the pinnacle of the UNM dance season.

KNOWHERE is an electrifying concert of new works that highlight the extraordinary students in the UNM Department of Theatre and Dance featuring cutting edge choreography in flamenco and contemporary dance from international guest artists and UNM’s distinguished resident faculty.

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Renowned Flamenco Artist Olga Pericet
in Residence this Spring at UNM

Described as charismatic and innovative, guest artist Olga Pericet is in residence this spring. A world-renowned dancer and choreographer, Pericet is widely recognized as one of the most innovative artists in today’s flamenco scene.

The Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of New Mexico, the home of the only undergraduate program in the world offering a BA in Dance with a concentration in flamenco has been bringing the most celebrated flamenco artists in the world to work with our students. When asked about Pericet’s work with UNM students, Encinias continued, “Olga Pericet has dynamic sensitivity that is extremely compelling. She lives as comfortably in her interpretation of a coquettish Guajira to the depths of Siguiriya. The students are witnessing this ability as she moves through her technique classes and rehearsals.”

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February 17, 2016 Dominika Laster Book Discussion

The public is invited to the UNM Bookstore on Wednesday, February 17 at noon for a Book Discussion and Signing by Assistant Professor Dominika Laster of her recently published work, Grotowski’s Bridge Made of Memory: Embodied Memory, Witnessing and Transmission in the Grotowski Work.

Grotowski’s Bridge Made of Memory analyzes core aspects of Polish director Jerzy Grotowski’s work such as body-memory, vigilance, witnessing, verticality and transmission, arguing that these performance techniques showcase an intentional blurring of the self and other. Dominika Laster, a performance researcher, scholar, and artist joined the UNM faculty as Assistant Professor of Theatre in 2015. She holds a PhD in Performance Studies from New York University and was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Interdisciplinary Performance Studies at Yale from 2011 to 2013.

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January 25, 2016 Pig Iron Theatre Company

Pig Iron Theatre Company of Philadelphia will be teaching workshops January 25 and 28, which are open to all theatre and dance students.  Workshops are 90 minutes.

Monday 1/25 at 12 pm and 2 pm in B409 in the Center for the Arts

Thursday 1/28 at 11 am in the south arena, in the Elizabeth Waters Center for Dance at Carlisle Gym

Founded in 1995 as an interdisciplinary ensemble, Pig Iron Theatre Company is dedicated to the creation of new and exuberant performance works that defy easy categorization.

November 6-15, 2015- The Seagull by Anton Chekhov, Directed by Joe Alberti

Chekhov’s rich, multi-faceted characters, are brought to life by an ensemble of UNM’s finest actors in a dynamic modern translation, with stunning period costumes and magnificent scenic and lighting design.

With comic brilliance and deep understanding, The Seagull, explores love, loss, and what it means to be an artist in a society obsessed by celebrity. Anton Chekov’s masterpiece is filled with passion, jealousy, and regret, as a renowned actress, her troubled son, and their friends navigate a maze of romantic entanglements, in pursuit of love, acceptance, and fame. Performances of The Seagull run from November 6 through 15 in Rodey Theatre.

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October 16-25, 2015- Now/Next/Dance A Student Choreography Showcase, Artistic Directors Eva Encinias-Sandoval and Amanda Hamp

Choreography by Santana Avila, Mariah Baker & Kellie Walsh,
David Bradford, Navy Enciñias, Sonia Engman & Elysia Pope, Fiona Featherston, and Michelle Kassman

Now/Next/Dance is a showcase of original choreography by the finest graduate and undergraduate student choreographers of the UNM dance program. Choreographers are selected for the showcase by a professional audition process. Throughout this experience, one or more members of the dance faculty mentor students. Now/Next/Dance embraces different forms of dance with various choreographic approaches that will appeal to a broad audience. Experience the vanguard of dance in Albuquerque as the artistic talent of emerging choreographers and dancers are highlighted in this exceptional concert of student works for the stage.

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September 25-October 4, 2015- The Day Room by Don DeLillo, Directed by Dodie Montgomery

The 2015-2016 main stage production season opens with The Day Room by Don DeLillo, a brilliant, bizarre, black-comedy which hilariously explores our perceptions of reality, control and identity.

Nothing is as it appears to be in The Day Room, by the acclaimed writer Don DeLillo. “According to the playwright, his play is about performance and concealment,” says director Dodie Montgomery.  “For me the play is about our perceptions of reality and explores the constructions of identity, authority and control. It is a journey into one very small rabbit hole.”
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September 4-6, 2015-C’est la Vie: MFA Dance Thesis Concert

C’est la Vie is a double bill of dance works choreographed by MFA in Dance candidates Ariel Burge and Kelsey Paschich

Exquisite Corpse, a work of contemporary dance, video projection and design, directed and choreographed by Master of Fine Arts Candidate Kelsey Paschich, utilizes surrealism as the theoretical/conceptual framework. This work questions identity, presence and absence. Just as a surrealist would experiment with different mediums, Exquisite Corpse is an intersection of contemporary dance and media. The desire to develop a deep connection through collaboration was the impetus for Master of Fine Arts candidate, Ariel Burge in conceiving I Am Because We Are. The creative process began by cultivating a collaborative community based on mutual respect. The cross-pollination of ideas evolved the work as new concepts and structures were explored with choreographer, composer, designers, and performers creating in conjunction.

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