News Releases

April 24-May 3, 2015-Flashpoint

Flashpoint, A Student Choreography Showcase, Artistic Directors Amanda Hamp and Lisa Nevada

The University of New Mexico Department of Theatre and Dance is pleased to announce Flashpoint, a showcase of original choreography by student choreographers of the UNM dance program, presented for six performances only in the Elizabeth Waters Center for Dance at Carlisle Gym on UNM’s Main choreographers include Ariel Burge, Sarah R. Hogland, Roxana Jian, Yarrow Perea, Kelsey Paschich, Ysabela Trujillo and Guest Artists.

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April 17-26, 2015-Our Town

UNM’s Department of Theatre and Dance presents Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, Our Town

Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, Our Town, transcends differences in culture, class and time, as it explores the eternal questions of the human experience. The story of ordinary families in a small American town and their journey through love, marriage and death is as relevant today as it was in 1938. With plain speech and a simple story, the inhabitants of Grover’s Corners are brought to life by a diverse cast of UNM’s finest actors, to create an inspiring exploration of community, friendship and love.

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April 9, 2015, Hannibal

Dance Students from UNM Perform in the Austrian Alps

On April 9th, 2015 four students from the graduate and undergraduate programs in Dance in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of New Mexico will land in Munich on the first leg of their journey to perform in a site specific, internationally renowned theater and dance event entitled Hannibal. The piece, presented by Austrian company Lawine Torren under the artistic direction of Dr. Hubert Lepka, tells the story of Hannibal crossing the Alps in the fourth century BC to invade Italy. Associate Professor and Head of Dance Donna Jewell has been choreographer, rehearsal director, and actress on the project since its inception in the spring of 2000. Drawing an audience of 8,000, the performance occurs on a ski slope and its underlying glacier in the Tyrolean Alps just southwest of Innsbruck. Snow cats, snow mobiles, motorcycles, helicopters, planes, BASE jumpers, skiers, snowboarders, dancers, actors and even a live avalanche join forces to present a bombastic and contemporary perspective to the story, which begins in the dimming twilight at 10,000 feet above sea level. The Dance students from UNM, Kelsey Paschich, Mariah Keryn Baker, Sonia Engman, and Dalila Michelle Baied are exposed to new cultures, new ideas about making theater and dance, and the conceptual framework that Europeans use in making performance. For more information visit http://hannibal.soelden.com/en

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February 20-March 1, 2015-SPIN, Faculty Dance Concert

SPIN Faculty Dance Concert, Artistic Director Donna Jewell, Choreography by Concha Jareño, Donna Jewell, Donald McKayle, Sonia Olla, Erika Pujič, Vladimir Conde Reche, and Nino de los Reyes

Vibrant and visionary flamenco and contemporary dance are featured in new works from international guest artists and resident faculty in the annual faculty dance concert. Marisol Encinias is the rehearsal director for works by three internationally known flamenco artists: Cantiñas, by Concha Jareño, Fandangos by Sonia Olla, and La Caña, a suite of choreography by Nino de los Reyes.
Donna Jewell choreographs a new work, Signs, set to Ethiopian Jazz from the ‘70s. Shifting Voices, created on the UNM dancers in collaboration with musician Carl Landa, is by Visiting Professor Erika Pujič. Other contemporary works include Whiplash, a dynamic new piece by Vladimir Conde Reche and an historic re-staging of Donald McKayle’s Rainbow Etude, by Mary Anne Santos Newhall.

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February 27-March 8, 2015-SPIN, How I Learned To Drive

SCRAP Productions, UNM’s Student Theatre Organization, and the UNM Department of Theatre and Dance present How I Learned to Drive, by Paula Vogel, directed by Gerome Olona in the Experimental Theatre.

This Pulitzer Prize-winning play shows one woman’s exploration into her formative years in rural 1960’s Maryland. Set to a sonic backdrop of Motown hits, through a series of flashbacks and flash-forwards, Li’l Bit shares her story of survival in an evening of memory, tragedy, and love. Sexual content; parental discretion advised.

 

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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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