April 25-May 4, 2014-Night and Day
Night and Day is an astonishing double bill of dance theatre pieces by one of America’s most influential and respected playwrights, Charles L. Mee, directed by Bill Walters.
Using physical performance, music, and a collage of texts, two classic tales are re-told through a modern day lens, incorporating everything from philosophy to news stories to pop-culture. Like nothing else, Night and Day promises a tour-de-force evening of transformative, cutting edge, contemporary theatre. Performances run April 25 through May 4, 2014 in UNM’s Rodey Theatre.
April 11-20, 2014-Simon as Sergio
Simon as Sergio, a modern romantic comedy by Barney Lopez, directed by guest artist Jimmy Maize as part of the newly re-named Linnell Festival of New Plays at UNM
Performances of Simon as Sergio run April 11 through 20, 2014 in The Experimental Theatre on UNM’s Main Campus. Performances of Simon as Sergio run April 11 through 20, 2014 in The Experimental Theatre on UNM’s Main Campus. This year’s festival also includes directed readings of two new works on April 4 and 5, by Kevin Hathaway and Irene Loy, MFA playwrights in UNM’s award winning Graduate Program in Dramatic Writing. In addition to the fully staged premiere of Simon as Sergio, and two directed readings, UNM honors the program’s founder Jim Linnell, re-naming the festival in his honor.
March 2-10, 2014-Billy Witch
The UNM student production company SCRAP Productions and the UNM Department of Theatre and Dance present, Billy Witch by Gregory S. Moss in the UNM Experimental Theatre
This Spring SCRAP is taking you to summer camp! But this isn't summer camp like you remember it. At Blue Triangle Nature Fun Time Summer Camp lost campers wander into Ghost Stories and new-boy Oliver braves Consummation Station. But between the Possessed Pubescence of his fellow campers and the Perhaps-Too-Perky Counselors lurking behind any tree, will Oliver find the life-altering change he so desperately wants? Performances March 2, 7, 8, and 9 at 7:30 and March 3 and 10 at 2:00pm in the Experimental Theatre.
February 27- March 9, 2014-Vertical Road: Faculty Dance Concert
Experience the pinnacle of artistry and athleticism in the faculty dance concert Vertical Road at UNM’s Rodey Theatre, February 27- March 9, 2014
UNM dance students are highlighted in choreography by internationally acclaimed guest artists and exciting new works by our distinguished faculty. Vladimir Conde Reche is the artistic director for the program which features a wide array of works by guest artists José Galván, Alejandro Granados, Carla Maxwell (based on works by José Limón,) and Erika Pujič and UNM’s notable faculty Donna Jewell and Vladimir Conde Reche.
February 14 and 15, 2014-Cul-de-Sac and Players of the Ring
An Evening of Dance by MFA in Dance Candidates Emily Bryan and Peter Bennett
In culmination of the MFA in Dance, Peter Bennett and Emily Bryan present an MFA Thesis Concert featuring two extraordinary new works. Peter Bennett’s The Cul de Sac examines the lives of a suburban community in 1950s America. Take a glimpse behind the white picket fences and discover the secret life two men are hiding from their wives; along with women who yearn for a life outside of their home; and the dark underbelly of the “perfect couple.” Players of the Ring, by Emily Bryan, fantasizes about the relationships of those who call the circus home. Will the carnival freak find love? Is life on the road as glamorous as young children believe? What secrets lie beneath the clown’s mischievous smile? An evening of whimsy and mystery, Players of the Ring will entertain and inspire as it takes you behind the big top and onto the circus train; ever moving forward as the players' lives become more deeply entwined with each other and the circus they call home.
November 1-17, 2013-Spring Awakening
UNM’s Department of Theatre and Dance proudly presents Spring Awakening, Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik’s rock musical adaptation of Frank Wedekind's controversial play,in Rodey Theatre, November 1 through 17, 2013.
Set against the backdrop of a repressive and provincial late 19th century Germany, Spring Awakening tells the timeless story of the trials, tribulations, and exhilaration of self-discovery and budding sexuality as seen through the eyes of a group of teenagers. Kathleen Clawson directs, Paul Roth is music director and UNM Dance major Esteban Eduardo Garza choreographs the production. Haunting and provocative, Spring Awakening celebrates an unforgettable journey from youth to adulthood with a power, a poignancy and a passion you will never forget.
October 25-November 3, 2013-The Language Archive
The UNM student production company, SCRAP Productions, and the UNM Department of Theatre and Dance present The Language Archive by Julia Cho, directed by Ellen Kress, from October 25 to November 3 in UNM’s Experimental Theatre
The Language Archive, a whimsical tale about love and learning, explores whether the language of love is a language everyone can learn, or the relic of a dying culture. Director, Ellen Kress, will graduate from UNM this year with a double major in Linguistics and Theater and plans to pursue a Masters degree in both fields. Joining us for a talkback after the November 1st performance are Laura Hirrel and Logan Sutton, both doctoral students in the Department of Linguistics at UNM.
October 18-27, 2013-SOS: Students On Stage
SOS (Students On Stage) is a showcase featuring the talent and strength of the choreographers in the dance program at UNM, October 18-27 in the Elizabeth Waters Center for Dance at Carlisle Gym on UNM’s main campus
Student choreographers are selected for the showcase through an audition process that provides them with a professional audition experience. During this process, students are mentored by one or more members of the dance faculty. The result of this rigorous process is a magnificent showcase of the development of UNM’s student choreographers. SOS (Students On Stage) embraces many forms of dance with choreographic approaches that will appeal to a broad audience. The thorough artistic process assures a concert with high quality work that is a “must-see” for all lovers of dance.
September 3-14, 2013-American Dance Legacy Institute “Gathering of Forces”
The American Dance Legacy Initiative in partnership with the Arts Learning Laboratory brings members of the legendary José Limón Dance Company for a residency at the UNM culminating in a day of special events, September 14, 2013
The UNM Dance Program announces a powerful joining of forces. The American Dance Legacy Initiative (ADLI) from Brown University in partnership with the Arts Learning Laboratory brings members of the legendary José Limón Dance Company for a residency at the University of New Mexico from September 3 through September 14, 2013 in Albuquerque. This residency was partially funded by an NEA grant to Brown University and the Department of Theatre and Dance through the Ann Rutledge endowment in memory of Elizabeth Waters. UNM has been chosen as a site to partner with ADLI in developing a Repertory Etude™ based on Limón’s choreography.
June 09, 2013, Two UNM Theatre and Dance Alumni Nominated for Tony Awards
Japhy Weideman and Brian J. Bustos Recognized for Their Achievement in Live Broadway Theatre
The Department of Theatre and Dance is proud to announce that two of its alumni have been nominated for 2013 Tony Awards. Japhy Weideman has been nominated for Best Lighting Design for a Play, and Brian J. Bustos has been nominated for Best Costume Design for a Play. This year’s ceremony will be held Sunday, June 9, 2013 at Radio City Music Hall which will be broadcast live on CBS television.