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Ann Rutledge May 18, 1930- January 12, 2105

The Department of Theatre and Dance mourns the passing of longtime friend and supporter Ann Rutledge. Memorial Service January 21 in Santa Fe

Ann Rutledge, 84, born in Wichita Falls, Texas on May 18, 1930 to Pauland Mildred Rutledge, passed away on January 12, 2015. Ann graduated from Highland Park High School in Dallas and upon arrival in Santa Fe in 1947 attended UNM, majoring in physical education. Beloved dance teacher Elizabeth Waters discovered her talent and convinced Ann to attend summer sessions at Perry-Mansfield School of Theater and Dance in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. From there she joined the Harriet Ann Gray Dance Company of New York and toured the country for a number of years, learning advanced choreography from Doris Humphrey and Helen Tamaris in New York in the early 50's. She also studied cinematography at New York University and served as assistant director of the New York School of Dance and Anatomy. In addition, she studied lighting techniques with Arch Lauterer and toured with the Halprin-Lathrop Dancers of San Francisco as lighting designer. Ann continued to perform in dance concerts (including the Community Concert Association) and solo performances throughout the 60's and 70's, closer to home. For many years she taught exercise classes in Santa Fe. In addition she was also a talented artist who drew, painted and wrote poetry. The highlight of her life was playing Tessie Tura in the 1963 production of "Gypsy" at Popejoy Hall. She was a generous philanthropist, helping to support many non-profits in Santa Fe and beyond. She especially loved the National Dance Institute of New Mexico and the dance program at UNM. A Memorial service will be held at the United Church of Santa Fe, 1804 Arroyo Chamiso, Santa Fe, on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 2:30 pm. Berardinelli Family Funeral Service 1399 Luisa Street Santa Fe, NM 87505 (505) 984-8600 Please sign our guestbook for the family at: www.berardinellifuneralhome.com

 

November 1-2, 2014-Linnell Festival Fall Reading Series

The Linnell Festival Fall Reading Series, Directed Readings of New works by MFA Dramatic Writing Students Kevin Hathaway, Irene Loy, Denise Hinson and Rebecca M. Sánchez at The Box Performance Space

The University of New Mexico Department of Theatre and Dance is pleased to announce The Linnell Festival Fall Reading Series, offering audiences an exciting “first look” of works that will be part of the Linnell Festival of New Plays at UNM in the spring. These plays are by four emerging professional writers in UNM’s award winning Dramatic Writing Program: Ashes Crossing Yellow Lines by Kevin Hathaway, 2AM Lovely by Irene Loy, Complicit by Denise Hinson, and Mia Takes a Dip: A Telenovela Original by Rebecca M. Sánchez.

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November 7-16, 2014-A Midsummer Night’s Dream

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Joe Alberti, re-imagined in a post-apocalyptic world, where the language and wit of Shakespeare's beloved comedy come to life in a new and exciting way.

This highly physical version, features a cast of twenty-five of UNM’s finest actors led by director Joe Alberti, with choreography by Vladimir Conde Reche, costume design by Stacia Smith, scenic design by Inseung Park and lighting design by Hans Engvall. Rodey Theatre will be transformed into a magical space, filled with music, light, and even trampolines; with the audience up close, and able to experience all the passion, comedy, and chaos of this great work as never before

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October 24- November 2, 2014-Shape Shift

Shape Shift, A student choreography showcase, Artistic Directors Mary Anne Santos Newhall and Erika Pujič

Shape Shift 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. Shape Shift embraces different forms of dance with various choreographic approaches that will appeal to a broad audience. Choreography by Mariah Baker, Ariel Burge, Sonia Engman, Dolores Garcia, April Goltz, Emily and Kaitlin Innis, Kelsey Paschich, Tyrell Redding,
Jasper Thompson.

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October 24- November 2, 2014-The Monkey’s Paw

The Monkey’s Paw by WW Jacobs, adapted by Louis N. Parker and directed by Caedmon Holland

Using movement research and kinetic experiments directly connected to the sophisticated networks of soil, plants and trees, animals and water, Nevada along with composer Carl Landa, costume designers Jessica Greaves and Erik Flores, and ten extraordinary dance artists, has created an experience that will bring nature forward in untraditional and radical ways, and reawaken our souls to the fragility and importance of the natural world. 

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October 16-18, 2014-Radicles: MFA Dance Thesis Concert

Radicles: Rediscovering humankind’s primary roots is an evening of site specific dance, choreographed by MFA in Dance candidate Lisa Nevada

Using movement research and kinetic experiments directly connected to the sophisticated networks of soil, plants and trees, animals and water, Nevada along with composer Carl Landa, costume designers Jessica Greaves and Erik Flores, and ten extraordinary dance artists, has created an experience that will bring nature forward in untraditional and radical ways, and reawaken our souls to the fragility and importance of the natural world. 

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September 26-October 5, 2014-As Five Years Pass

UNM’s Department of Theatre and Dance opens its 2014-2015 production season with As Five Years Pass by Federico Garcia Lorca, directed by Bill Walters, in a new translation by Caridad Svich.

Playful, profound, and powerful, As Five Years Pass, is a rarely performed masterpiece by one of the world’s most influential playwrights. Finished just five years before Garcia Lorca was murdered in 1936, this rarely performed masterpiece is a work filled with premonitions and startling surprises. One of his so-called “impossible plays”, As Five Years Passwas heralded as García Lorca’s “most original and experimental contribution to the theatre” and the play “in which we see the true depth of the great theatrical personality he would have become.”

 

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September 26 and 27, 2014-From the Horse’s Mouth and Elizabeth Waters Gala

Friends of Dance present From the Horse’s Mouth and a Gala Tribute to Elizabeth Waters, Homecoming Weekend to Benefit Dance Scholarships

From the Horse’s Mouth: Magical Tales of Real Dancers, features UNM alumni choreographers and dancers in a triumphant dance theater production, conceived and directed by Tina Croll & Jamie Cunningham, benefitting UNM dance scholarships. Saturday evening only, the concert will be preceded by a
Gala
Tribute to Elizabeth Waters.

 

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