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Dance Choreographer AdMortuos Yacov Sharir Paix Kelsey Oliver schematic Sidra Bell Five Jessica Gray Independence Day Jun Shen Wildness: A Requiem for J.M. Kate Watson-Wallace Stage Manager: Joseph Heike Technical Director: Travis Perrin There will be one 10-minute intermission. There will be pre-performance discussions held March 6 and and March 12. Post-performance discussions will be held after the 7:30 PM performances on March 6 and March 7.
a note from the artistic directors Under the direction of Charles O. Anderson, Andrea Beckham and Yacov Sharir, Dance Repertory Theatre is heading “downtown” this season by presenting contemporary works that have been inspired by New York City’s “downtown” and postmodern dance scenes. “Downtown dance” is a label used to describe work that is in the lineage of modern dance, falling after the postmodern movement of the 1960s and ’70s, and outside of an established technique. “Downtown dance” historically pushes boundaries, embraces movement for movement’s sake and is rooted in experimentation and improvisation. These characteristics, however, are elusive, which is one reason why geography—the movement was born south of 14th Street in Manhattan—is seen as the most concrete thread uniting the genre’s choreographers. With its spring concert MOVE!, Dance Repertory Theatre is continuing its exploration of experimental dance form through the lens of postmodern dance. As the title suggests, the performances seek to examine the primary medium for the art of dance; the deceptively simple, yet incredibly complex concept of movement in all of its iterations: to move, to be moved, movement and movements as part of a complete work. Simply defined, “movement” as a verb is the action of traveling in a specified direction or manner, or to change position. It can also mean to change or cause to change from one state, opinion, sphere or activity to another. Finally, the term can be extended to include the notion of a group of people working together to advance their shared political, social or artistic ideas. Postmodernism was the late twentieth century movement that stood in stark contrast against the Modernist preoccupation with purity of form and technique, seeking to eradicate the divisions between art, popular culture and media. The works of this concert encompass the entire spectrum of movement through pedestrian, idiosyncratic, neo-classical, virtual and virtuosic forms. Art’s purpose is to make you think. The arts reveal something that resonates at the core of the human experience about our relationship with the natural world that is not always logical, but is, at once, a spiritual and emotional experience. The power of dance is that it tells stories that are not realistically told. It’s not a linear story like “Jack and Jill went up the hill,” but rather a metaphoric tale conveyed through varying interpretations of imagery. It could be many people’s stories. It clears a space where individual’s minds can meet and deep aspects of humanity can be realized. It is a metaphor; a physical immediacy.
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Moving Stories: Prelude Cast: Christian Bergin, Veronica Boccardo, Lizzette Chapa, Johnny Chatman II, Leigh-Alice Clark, Stephen Dominguez, Claire Goodman, Katie Gunderson, Angela Hurt, Nicholas Kao, D’Lonte K. Lawson, Danielle LoPresti, Vivian Lugo, Eleah Maxfield, Sarah-Grace Poitevent, Erica Wend From the Artistic Directors: Under the direction of Charles O. Anderson (in collaboration with the dancers), Moving Stories are short movement interludes throughout the concert designed to comment upon, move between and frame the choreographic works of MOVE!
AdMortuos Choreography: Yacov Sharir (in collaboration with the dancers) Production Manager: Amber Rose Wall Lighting Design: Rachel Alulis Media Designer: João Beira Media Design Collaborator: Rodrigo Carvacho Costume Designer: Kelsey Vidic Rehearsal Assistant: Georgina Wilson Ensemble Composer/Sound Design: Bruce Pennycock Viola: Olivia Davis Piano: Jacob Dupree Poetry: AdMortuos by Stephanie Pope, Read by LaQuetta Carpenter Vocalist: Yago De Quay Cast: Rebecca Bagley, Gianina Casale, Summer Fiaschetti, Katie McCarn, Allyson Morales, Emily Snouffer From the Choreographer and Composer: The starting point for this collaborative work is the evocative and beautiful poem Ad Mortuos by Stephanie Pope. You will hear and see the poem in its entirety after the introductory viola melody. Using elements of the poem, the immortal soldier Athanatoi (Greek – “without death”) sings of “bright love,” weaving a voice of hope through the first tableau. Then, Anthanatoi falls into a deep séance, conjuring thoughts of the afterlife and immortality. Projecting these thoughts soley through his brain into images and sounds, he then emerges again in song. The second tableau is a spirited and joyous affirmation: “the wing eternal danced-das ding.”
Paix Choreography: Kelsey Oliver Production Manager: Angela Hurt Lighting Designer: Rachel Alulis Costume Designer: Patricia “PJ” Kelly Music: La Petite Cascade and La Grande Cascade by Renè Aubry Cast I: Camille Collins, Anna Ingram, Morganne Mazeika Cast II: Rasley Goode, Allison Irby, Mariana Spósito From the Choreographer: Stemming from an exploration that began in Angers, France; Paix exists as a sensory way of interpreting, approaching, ignoring and questioning emptiness and discovering our inevitable path. The act of finding peace becomes a surrender. The act of emoting becomes an impetus. Cast I performs March 6, 7, 13 at 7:30 PM and March 8 at 2:00 PM Cast II performs March 12, 14 at 7:30 PM
Moving Stories: Turning the Page Cast: Rebecca Bagley, Veronica Boccardo, Leigh-Alice Clark, Emily DiFranco, Stephen Dominguez, Katie Gunderson, Nicholas Kao, Erin Kedzie, D’Lonte K. Lawson, Danielle LoPresti, Vivian Lugo, Eleah Maxfield, Sarah-Grace Poitevent, Emily Snouffer
schematic Choreography: Sidra Bell (in collaboration with the dancers) Production Manager: Angela Hurt Lighting Designer: Rachel Alulis Costume Designer: E.L. Hohn Music: Dennis Bell (January 2015) Cast: Christian Bergin, Lizzette Chapa, Johnny Chatman II, Camille Collins, Rasely Goode, Claire Goodman, Angela Hurt, Anna Ingram, Zachary Khoo, Aminah Maddox, Morgan Mazieka, Kanami Nakabayashi, Kelsey Oliver, Rachel Perry, Hillary Richerson, Billie Secular, Erica Wend, Georgina Wilson From the Choreographer: In general, my work emphasizes a high degree of physicality and input from the dancers, encouraging them to execute movement with intention, play, curiosity, calm, empathy, ease and focus. schematic is a work standing on the concept of “pure movement.” The piece exists between the realms of “precision choreography” and “structured improvisation.” It is in conversation with such twentieth century postmodern choreographers as Merce Cunningham.
Moving Stories: Five Choreography: Jessica Gray Lighting Design: Rachel Alulis Music: Terminal by Florent Ghys Cast: Rebecca Bagley, Veronica Boccardo, Leigh-Alice Clark, Emily DiFranco, Katie Gunderson, Erin Kedzie, Danielle LoPresti, Vivian Lugo, Ladonna Matchett, Sarah-Grace Poitevent, Emily Snouffer From the Choreographer: Human beings individually cope with grief in a multitude of ways, yet there is a notable progression through five stages we must cross in order to move forward. This is an exploration of what it feels like to move through those five stages; forward and in reverse.
Independence Day Choreography: Jun Shen Projection Designer: Matthew Smith Lighting Designer: Rachel Alulis Costume Designer: E.L. Hohn Music: Faust Overture (Eine Faust-Ouvertüre) by Richard Wagner, Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra Cast: Reema Bounajem*, Gianina Casle, Stephen Dominguez, Summer Fiaschetti, Zachary Khoo, Aminah Maddox, Katie McCarn, Allyson Morales, Rachel Perry*, Hillary Richerson, Hunter Sturgis, Connor Timpe From the Choreographer: Independence Day draws from my personal background and relationship to the history of contemporary Chinese culture. The work has been specifically inspired by the Chinese Cultural Revolution, which was launched in 1966 by Communist leader Mao Zedong in order to reassert his dominance over the Chinese government. The violent memory of this tumultuous revolution has lived on in Chinese politics since Mao’s death in 1976. *Reema Bounajem will perform March 12–14 and Rachel Perry will perform March 6–8.
Moving Stories: For the Fallen Ones Text: When My Brother Fell by Essex Hemphill, performed by Keith Machekanyanga (B.F.A. Acting candidate) Cast: Rebecca Bagley, Christian Bergin, Veronica Boccardo, Lizzette Chapa, Leigh-Alice Clark, Claire Goodman, Angela Hurt, Eleah Maxfield, Sarah-Grace Poitevant, Emily Snouffer, Erica Wend Featured Soloist: Johnny Chatman II
Wildness: A Requiem for J.M. Choreography: Kate Watson-Wallace Production Manager: Amber Rose Wall Lighting Designer: Rachel Alulis Costume Design: Kelsey Vidic Music: Audio Mix by King Britt featuring excerpts from Bok Bok & Tom Trago, Kate Bush, Drake with Rhianna, Gazelle, Jay Z with Kanye, Lykke Li, MS MR, Nas, Santigold Rehearsal Assistants: Hillary Richerson Cast: Gianina Casale, Emily DiFranco, Stephen Dominguez, Summer Fiaschetti, Jessica Gray, Katie Gunderson, Allison Irby, Nicholas Kao, Lizeth Katz, Erin Kedzie, D’Lonte K. Lawson, Ladonna Matchett, Morganne Mazeika, Kanami Nakabayashi, Hillary Richerson, Belinda Secular, Mariana Spósito, Hunter Sturgis, Connor Timpe From the Choreographer: A month ago, a dear friend of mine’s younger brother was murdered. He was 22. He was African American. I am not, but I believe have a responsibility to speak out against this senseless violence. I have been thinking about fear of black bodies. This dance is a meditation on privilege, inequity, melancholy, anger, hope, pleasure, indifference and fear of being alive in this time. It is a requiem for the fallen ones. Thank you to the cast and Charles O. Anderson for their perpetual generosity.
creative team Charles O. Anderson (Artistic Director) is currently based in Austin, Texas where he is an associate professor of African Diaspora Dance Studies and the M.F.A. coordinator in Dance at The University of Texas at Austin. He is artistic director of dance theatre X (dtX), an afrocontemporary dance theatre company, which he founded in Philadelphia in 2003. Born and raised in Richmond, VA, Anderson earned his B.A. in Choreography and Performance from Cornell University and his M.F.A. in Dance from Temple University. He has performed in the companies of Ronald K. Brown, Sean Curran, Mark Dendy and Miguel Gutierrez among others. His work has been presented nationally and internationally and has earned recognition by numerous grants and organizations such as the Pew Fellowship in the Arts, one of “25 to Watch” by Dance Magazine, and one of “12 Rising Stars in the Academy” by Diverse: Issues In Higher Education magazine. In 2015, Anderson will become the Head of the Dance Program at The University of Texas at Austin Department of Theatre and Dance. Andrea Beckham (Artistic Director) is a choreographer, dancer and educator. Long-time participant in the repertory ensemble, Sharir Dance Company, she additionally has performed with Wilson’s Tallulah Dance in Seattle and on tour, with Jones/Zane Dance Company in New York, with numerous others, and developed new work with her own pick-up company, Andrea Beckham Collaborative Dance. Presenting choreography since 1989 in the United States, Mexico, Taiwan, Europe, and new media explorations with Yacov Sharir in Holland, Portugal, Israel and China. Beckham teaches dance and runs the Pilates-evolved Laboratory at The University of Texas at Austin, where she proudly received the Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award. Sidra Bell (Choreographer – schematic) is currently a master lecturer at The University of the Arts (Philadelphia), was an adjunct professor at Barnard College (Columbia University) and has a degree in history from
Yale University, along with an M.F.A. in Choreography from Purchase College Conservatory of Dance. She was awarded First Prize in Choreography for Grief Point. at the 15th Internationales Solo Tanz Theater Festival in Stuttgart, Germany (2011) and was awarded the Patricia Kerr Ross Award for Choreography from The New York Foundation for the Arts (2005). Her critically acclaimed company and choreography has been seen throughout the United States and internationally in Denmark, France, Austria, Turkey, Germany, China, Canada, Aruba, Korea, Brazil and Greece. She has received numerous commissions nationally and internationally for new work. Notably with BODYTRAFFIC, Ballet Austin, the Sacramento Ballet, The Juilliard School, River North Chicago Dance Company, Ailey II, LEVYdance, Robert Moses’ KIN, Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet School, Uppercut Dansteater (Denmark), Motto Dans Kolectif (Turkey), Drew Jacoby, Peridance Contemporary Dance Company, Tisch School of the Arts, University of Utah, August Wilson Dance Ensemble, Tribeca Performing Arts Center, Stella Adler Studio of Acting, Springboard Danse Montréal, and Houston Metropolitan Dance Company. Most recently she was commissioned as the choreographer for the feature film TEST set in San Francisco during the height of the AIDS crisis in 1985, which focuses on a prestigious dance company dealing with the spread of HIV and its effects on the lives of its performers.
Jessica Gray (Choreographer – Five, Dancer – Wildness: A Requiem for J.M.) began dancing at the age of two and is currently in her fourth and final year at The University of Texas at Austin. She most recently performed in Fall for Dance, Ears, Eyes + Feet, the spring production of S.E.E.D, and Church of the Passionate Cat. After graduating with her B.F.A. in Dance, she plans to move to Brooklyn, New York to pursue a career in dance performance or choreography.
Kelsey Oliver (Choreographer – Paix, Dancer – schematic) is an Austin native and has been dancing
creative team for 18 years. She recently returned from studying dance in Angers, France for over four months. Oliver will graduate this spring with a B.F.A. in Dance and a Business Foundations Certificate from the McCombs School of Business. She is the multimedia officer for Dance Action and is a teacher/choreographer in the Austin area. Upcoming perormances and choreographic projects include Welcome, Home in The Cohen New Works Festival presented by Broadway Bank and Ears, Eyes, + Feet.
Yacov Sharir (Artistic Director, Choreographer – AdMortuos) was the recipient of the 1998 Career Research Excellence Award in the Robert W. Hamilton Faculty Authors Award competition at The University of Texas at Austin, awarded the 1997 Innovative Use of Instructional Technology “Virtual Reality & Cyberspace in the Arts” award, and received the 1995–96 National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts Award. In addition, he is a recipient of numerous National Endowment
for the Arts Choreographic Fellowship awards, a Meet the Composer/Choreographer National Grant award and The University of Texas College of Fine Arts Student Council Teaching Excellence Award. He has served on the National Endowment for the Arts Choreographic Fellowship Dance Panel, the Texas Commission on the Arts Dance Panel, the Mid-America Dance On Tour Panel, and several international Arts Councils in Israel, Spain and France. Professor Sharir has served on the summer dance faculty at the Jerusalem Rubin Academy of Music and Dance for the past nine years.
jun Shen (Choreographer – Independence Day) is an independent dancer and choreographer based in Beijing and San Francisco. He is a founding member of Philein/ZiRu Productions and a freelance scriptwriter. Jun Shen was born in Wuxi, China. He graduated from Capital Normal University, Beijing in 2005 and then worked with Beijing/LDTX (Lei Dong Tian Xia) until 2009. As a dancer and choreogra-
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creative team pher in LDTX, he visited many international dance festivals including performances in America, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, Mexico and South Korea. He has collaborated with British lighting artist Hugo Dalton; Chinese-American choreographer Hou Ying; Macao multi-media calligraphic painter, Wu Shaoying; Taiwai director Jiang Zhengeng; Swiss artists Simon&Monika; ChineseAmerican dancer and choreographer Philein Wang; Chinese artist Wang Jianwei; Charles O. Anderson; Virginia Commonwealth University Professor, Scott Putman; and Alonzo King LINES Ballet Training Program. He has toured to the United States three times to work with Philein/ZiRu Productions. This is his third season with the company.
Kate Watson-Wallace (Choreographer – Wildness: A Requiem for J.M.) is a choreographer and visual artist. She has received numerous awards for her choreography including a Pew Fellowship in the Arts in Choreography, two MAP Fund grants, a Doris Duke Artist Exploration grant through Creative Capital, and multiple grants from the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage through Dance Advance, The PA Council
on the Arts, The Independence Foundation and Penn PAT. She has choreographed music videos for Black Dice and Animal Collective. Recent Commissions include new works for ballet companies BalletX and Meredith Rainey (Carbon Dance Theatre) and commercial commissions for Hotel Monoco (Kimpton Hotels) and Red Bull “Art-of-the-Can.” The company anonymous bodies is co-directed with Jaamil Kosoko and has shown work at venues nationally, including The Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, The Joyce Theater SoHo, Dance Theater Workshop, Dance Place, ODC (Oberlin Dance Collective), Velocity Dance Center, Movement Research at Judson Memorial Church and Kelly Strayhorn Theater. Watson-Wallace creates site-based installation in our everyday spaces. Works include HOUSE, a performance for 15 audience members inside an abandoned row home; CAR, an audience for four audience members who sit inside a moving vehicle; STORE, a performance installation inside an abandoned mega-store; Everywhere, a participatory on-line dance experience and contest and flash mob for 100 community members at the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (Kimmel Center). katewawa.com
Production team Rachel Alulis (Lighting Designer) is originally from Chicago. Recently, she worked with The Moving Company in the creation of a new work Refugia at The University of Texas at Austin Department of Theatre and Dance. Past credits include work with La Brigata Dance Theatre Company, Redmoon Theater and Prop Theatre. She received a B.A. from The College of the Holy Cross and is a third-year M.F.A. Design and Technology candidate with a focus in lighting design.
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E.L. Hohn (Costume Designer – schematic, Independence Day) is a first-year M.F.A. Design and Technology costume design candidate. Her work has previously been seen in Teatro Vivo’s November 2014 production of Aye, and in a variety of Chicago-area theatre companies between 2008 and 2014.
João Beira (Media Designer) is a designer, new media performer and researcher from Porto, Portugal. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at The University of Texas at Austin with a focus on the integration of sensing technologies through projection-based augmentations, He holds an M.A. in Multimedia Art, was a lecturer at the Escola Superior da Gallaecia (ESG) University and is the founder and creative director of Datagrama, a visual performance collective. His recent work includes international performances and collaborations with artists such as Quixotic, Vitamotus and Emika.
Joseph Heike (Stage Manager) is a third-year stage management student working towards his B.A. in Theatre and Dance. He was recently the stage manager for 100 Heartbreaks by Joanna
Patricia “PJ” Kelly (Costume Designer – Paix) discovered her interest in costume design in grade school and was an active designer in her hometown of Waco, Texas before transferring to The University of Texas at Austin. This semester, she is involved in several projects including design work for The Missing Element (The Cohen New Works Festival). After graduating in 2016 with a B.A. in Theatre and Dance she plans to pursue a masters degree in costume design. Bruce Pennycook (Composer/Sound Designer – AdMortuos) is a professor in the Butler School of Music, director of the Center for Arts and Entertainment Technologies and a composer of acoustic and electroacoustic music. He has a D.M.A. from Stanford University and
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production team has taught at Queen’s University and McGill University in Canada. His recent work includes The Giant’s Tomb (The University of Texas at Austin Wind Ensemble, October 2014), The Earth Diver (UT New Music Ensemble, October 2014) and The Trickster for Piano and Interactive Electronics (Keith Kirchoff, February 2015). Brucepennycook.com
Matthew Smith (Projection Designer – Independence Day) is a second-year M.F.A. Design and Technology candidate with a focus in integrated media. Smith holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in Drama and Communications as well as a Master’s degree in Communications. Prior to attending The University of Texas at Austin he spent seven years with Angelo State University as the University Theatre technical director and resident scenic and lighting designer. His
recent work includes Advance Man for UTNT (UT New Theatre); Ears, Eyes + Feet ; and Gustav Mahler’s The Song of the Earth.
Amber Rose Wall (Production Manager – AdMortuos) began performing at an early age with companies in the Austin area. Most recently, she choreographed and performed in Ears, Eyes + Feet. After graduating in May with a B.F.A. in Dance, she plans to join a dance company, teach and pursue a career in arts administration. Kelsey Vidic (Costume Designer – Wildness: A Requiem for J.M.) is an M.F.A. Design and Technology candidate at The University of Texas at Austin. Most recently, she designed costuming for Poor Boys’ Chorus, an original work by Brian Kettler.
cast Rebecca Bagley (AdMortuos, Turning the Page, Five, For the Fallen Ones) began performing in high school in the Houston area. Most recently, she performed in Kinesthetic Imperative and Ears, Eyes + Feet at The University of Texas at Austin. After graduating in May with a B.F.A. in Dance, she plans to attend physical therapy school.
the age of seven, and later attended Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in the Dallas area. Most recently, she performed in El Momento and Liber Vitae in the Students Exhibiting Experimental Dance (S.E.E.D.) at The University of Texas at Austin. After graduating May of 2017, she plans to move to New York to follow her dreams of joining a professional dance company.
Christian Bergin (Prelude, schematic, For the Fallen Ones) has been dancing since the age of 10 in Lewisville, Texas. He has studied ballet, jazz, tap, modern, contemporary, hip-hop and musical theatre under some of the most qualified instructors in the industry. He is currently in his second year, pursuing a B.F.A. in Dance and hopes to later attend physical therapy school.
Lizzette Chapa (Prelude, schematic, For the Fallen
Veronica Boccardo (Prelude, Turning the Page, Five, For the Fallen Ones) began performing at a young age in Venezuela in ballet and flamenco showcases. Once in the States, she continued dancing through high school. At The University of Texas at Austin she has performed in Dance Action’s S.E.E.D. shows: Nothing Else Matters, Virgen Morenita, Liber Vitae and The Awakening. She is pursuing a B.F.A. in Dance + Dance Studies as a certified teacher while continuing to enhance her technique in ballet and contemporary dance.
Johnny Chatman II (Prelude, schematic, For the
Reema Bounajem (Independence Day) started dancing at Friends University in Wichita, Kansas in 1999. She later moved to Texas and trained under the instruction of Mariya Kudyakova, Alexander Vetrov and Paul Mejia. Recently, she performed in Kinesthetic Imperative, In the Heights, and Church of the Passionate Cat. This past summer, she attended and performed at Bates Dance Festival. Now a senior, Bounajem will graduate in May with a B.F.A. in Dance and Business Foundations Certificate from the McCombs School of Business.
Gianina Casale (AdMortuos, Independence Day, Wildness: A Requiem for J.M.) is a second-year B.F.A. Dance major. She began her training at
Ones) began performing in high school in the Rio Grande Valley area. Most recently, she performed in Church of the Passionate Cat and In the Heights at The University of Texas at Austin. After graduating in May 2017 with a B.F.A. in Dance, she plans to begin to dance for a contemporary company.
Fallen Ones) is a B.F.A. Dance major. He began dancing at the age of four in the Greater Houston Area. He has performed in Yoav Kaddar’s Raw, Mark Morris’ Grand Duo, David Justin’s Quiver, Merce Cunningham’s Beach Birds, Millicent Johnnie’s Clear the Air, and a student work during his time with Dance Repertory Theatre. This past summer, he attended the American Dance Festival and performed in the main stage show.
Leigh-Alice Clark (Prelude, Turning the Page, Five, For the Fallen Ones) is a sophomore at The University of Texas at Austin. She danced with the Dallas Metropolitan Ballet during high school and performed various roles in ballets such as Penny Whistle, La Valse, The Night Before Christmas and The Little Mermaid. After graduatng with a B.F.A. in Dance as well as a certificate in pre-med, she plans to pursue a career in the medical field. Camille Collins (Paix, schematic) began her dance studies at The Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy in 2006. In 2009, she was accepted to Houston’s High School for the Performing and Visual Arts where she was featured in Thang Dao’s S.O.S and Troy Powell’s (of Alvin
cast Ailey), Intimate Voices. After leaving Houston Ballet’s program in 2010, she attended Point Park University’s International Summer Dance Program where she performed in works by David Curwen and William McClellan. She plans to join a professional dance company upon graduation from The University of Texas at Austin with her B.F.A. in Dance.
Emily DiFranco (Turning the Page, Five, Wildness: A Requiem for J.M.) began dancing at the age of three in Rowlett, Texas. In 2011 she became a member of the Collin Dance Ensemble at Collin College where she began performing modern and contemporary dance. She transferred to The University of Texas at Austin in 2014 and is currently pursuing a B.F.A. in Dance. Upon graduation, she hopes to travel, join a dance company and teach children the art of dance.
Stephen Dominguez (Prelude, Turning the Page, Independence Day, Wildness: A Requiem for J.M.) is a third-year B.F.A. Dance major. He began performing with Dancin’ Jazzi Dance Studio in Austin, Texas at the age of 12. His most recent performances include “Tyrone Jackson” in Fame The Musical, “Graffiti Pete” in In The Heights, and as a dancer in choreographer David Justin’s piece, Quiver, showcased at the National American College Dance Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Summer Fiaschetti (AdMortuos, Independence Day, Wildness: A Requiem for J.M.) began her dance studies at age three in Glen Burnie, Maryland before moving to Texas in 2008. She graduated from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in 2013. Summer is currently a second-year B.F.A. Dance + Dance Studies major. After her college studies, she hopes to pursue an active dance career before establishing herself as a dance educator. Rasely Goode (Paix, schematic) is a second-year student at The University of Texas at Austin. She is currently working towards a Bachelor
of Fine Arts degree in Dance with a Business Foundations Certificate from the McCombs School of Business. She performed in both the fall and spring shows of Dance Action’s S.E.E.D during her first year in the program.
Claire Goodman (Prelude, schematic, For the Fallen Ones) studied ballet for 13 years in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. A sophomore B.F.A. Dance Studies major, she has performed and choreographed in Dance Action’s S.E.E.D. for three consecutive semesters. With her degree, she plans to dance professionally and teach young dancers.
Katie Gunderson (Prelude, Turning the Page, Five, Wildness: A Requiem for J.M.) is a junior B.F.A. Dance + Dance Studies major with dance studies. She began dancing in high school in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Most recently, she was honored to dance in Charles Anderson’s Seethe in Dance Repertory Theatre’s Fall for Dance. After graduation, she plans to pursue a career in dance, before going on to teach in a K-12 setting. Angela Hurt (Prelude, schematic, For the Fallen Ones) is currently a senior B.F.A. Dance major at The University of Texas at Austin and it is her third year dancing with Dance Repertory Theatre. She has performed with Dallas Metropolitan Ballet as well as attended summer programs with Joffrey Ballet and Miami City Ballet. She has most recently performed works by Mark Morris and Robert Battle.
Anna Ingram (Paix, schematic) began dancing in the Houston area when she was five years old. Her studies and performances have taken her to New York, China and, most recently, France. Ingram will be graduating in May 2017 with a B.F.A. in Dance + Dance Studies with a Teaching Certification. She hopes to continue to travel the world in pursuit of her passion for dance and teaching
Allison Irby (Paix, Wildness: A Requiem for J.M.) was born and raised in Denver, Colorado
cast where she began her exploration of movement at age three. Shortly after graduating, Irby studied dance at Hillsong College in Sydney, Australia. Most recently she was a company member on the Collin Dance Ensemble at Collin College. After graduating with a B.F.A in Dance, she plans to travel and continue the persuit of this art form in a modern dance company and through education.
D’Lonte K. Lawson (Prelude, Turning the Page, Wildness: A Requiem for J.M.) began performing in high school in Manor, Texas. The musical In the Heights was his first college performance on stage. He is currently a B.F.A. Dance + Dance Studies major. Once he graduates he would like to travel the world and experience dance from the roots of different cultures before returning to the States to open a dance studio.
Nicholas Kao (Prelude, Turning the Page, Wildness: A Requiem for J.M.) began dancing at the age of 14 in the North Dallas area. Since his recent transfer to The University of Texas at Austin as a B.F.A. Dance student, he has performed in the department’s production of Fame The Musical and is a member of Redefined Dance Theatre. After graduating, he plans to perform with a touring modern dance company/theatre/collective.
Danielle LoPresti (Prelude, Turning the Page, Five) began dancing at The Walnut Hill Ballet Academy in Massachusetts at a young age. She is currently a dual marketing and dance major at The University of Texas at Austin, as well as a member of the Roustabout Dance Company. She spent her fall 2012 semester working in entertainment at Walt Disney World where she hopes to pursue a career upon graduation.
Lizeth Katz (Wildness: A Requiem for J.M.) began dancing in Mexico at a young age. She is currently a senior in the B.F.A. Dance program at The University of Texas at Austin. She also does ballroom and Latin dance outside of school, and teaches in both styles. After graduation she hopes to teach and work for a contemporary dance company.
Erin Kedzie (Turning the Page, Five, Wildness: A Requiem for J.M.) began studying ballet at an early age in the Houston area. She continued to study and perform until college and is now in her third year, pursuing both a B.F.A. in Dance and a Bachelor of Journalism. After graduating, she hopes to dance and write her way across the globe.
Zachary Khoo (schematic, Independence Day) began classical ballet training at the age of six. After finishing his engineering studies, he joined the Singapore Dance Theatre PreProfessional Ballet Program where he had the opportunity to perform in the Opéra national de Paris’ production of Giselle. His recent credits include Mark Morris’ Grand Duo and Holly William’s Orchid in Fall For Dance with Dance Repertory Theatre (DRT).
Vivian Lugo (Prelude, Turning the Page, Five) began dancing from a young age in San Antonio, Texas and is currently a B.F.A. Dance major. She has been selected to perform in several campus performances including the 2014 Fine Art’s Council showcase, The University of Texas at Austin’s 2014 Mexican American Culture: Campus Events and Entertainment’s Vision Latina Showcase, and several Dance Action S.E.E.D productions. Aminah Maddox (schematic, Independence Day) began dancing at age three. Originally from Frisco, Texas, she graduated from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (Dallas, TX) in 2013. She is currently a second-year B.F.A. Dance major. After her studies, she plans to pursue an active career in both commercial and concert dance. Ladonna Matchett (Five, Wildness: A Requiem for J.M.) is in her fourth year at The University of Texas at Austin. As a B.F.A. dancer, she has performed repertoire such as Mark Morris’ Grand Duo, Millicent Johnnie’s Clear the Air and, most recently, served as rehearsal assistant to artist Christian Von Howard’s Two Degrees.
cast Eleah Maxfield (Prelude, Turning the Page, For the Fallen Ones) began dancing at the age of five at Carol Ehler Dance School in Houston, Texas. She danced throughout high school, both in studio and drill team settings, before becoming a B.F.A. Dance major at The University of Texas at Austin. She has been seen in Kinesthetic Imperative and Ears, Eyes + Feet. Upon graduation, she plans to pursue a degree in civil rights law and continue to dance throughout her life.
Morganne Mazeika (Paix, schematic, Wildness: A Requiem for J.M.) began performing in the Houston area with the Houston Ballet Academy. Most recently, she peformed in Fall for Dance, Kinesthetic Imperative and choreographed for Ears, Eyes + Feet and S.E.E.D. She plans to join a traveling contemporary company after graduation. Katie McCarn (AdMortuos, Independence Day) began dancing in sixth grade at a studio in Alexandria, Virginia. The following year, she joined the studio’s competition team where she continued throughout high school. Recently, she has performed in Kinesthetic Imperative, Fall for Dance and Ears, Eyes + Feet. In May of 2016 she will graduate with a B.F.A. in Dance and hopes to move back to the East Coast to pursue a career in dance performance and choreography.
Allyson Morales (AdMortuos, Independence Day) began her dance training in San Antonio, Texas at the Ballet San Antonio Academy. Most recently, she performed in Kinesthetic Imperative, Fall for Dance and Ears, Eyes + Feet. She is currently a third-year student pursuing a dual major in B.F.A. Dance + Dance Studies and Communication Studies/Human Relations.
Kanami Nakabayashi (schematic, Wildness: A Requiem for J.M.), originally from Tokyo, Japan, began dancing when she was two. After training in classical ballet at Tokyo Ballet School, she trained in the Professional Training Program at Quinte Ballet School of Canada in Toronto, Ontario. She is a sophomore B.F.A.
Dance major. After graduation, she plans to join a dance company.
Rachel Perry (schematic, Independence Day) started dancing at the Ozsoy School of Ballet in Dallas, Texas, where she trained in ballet, pointe and modern. She continued her training through summer intensives, including the International Ballet Competition, the American Ballet Theatre Collegiate summer intensive, and the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City. She has recently performed in Fall For Dance, Kinesthetic Imperative and Ears, Eyes + Feet. After graduating with a B.F.A. in Dance and a Business Foundations Certificate from the McCombs School of Business, Rachel hopes to join a classical or contemporary ballet company in New York or Europe.
Sarah-Grace Poitevent (Prelude, Turning the Page, Five, For the Fallen Ones) began performing at a young age in the Fort Worth area. She most recently performed in Ballet Frontier’s Youth Dance Festival, Arlington Heights High School’s Spring Dance Concert, and Hairspray as “Amber Von Tussel.” Once she graduates with a B.F.A. in Dance, she hopes to dance professionally. She looks forward to teaching and helping young children find a love and passion for dance.
Hillary Richerson (schematic, Independence Day, Rehearsal Assistant – Wildness: A Requiem for J.M.) is a B.F.A. Dance major at The University of Texas at Austin and will be graduating this spring. She began her pre-professional ballet training at the Dance Center of Oklahoma City Ballet at the age of seven before being asked to join Oklahoma City Ballet as an apprentice. She has most recently performed in Dance Repertory Theatre’s Kinesthetic Imperative, Fall for Dance and Roots and Wings. Belinda Secular (schematic, Wildness: A Requiem for J.M.) studied with Moving People Dance Company in Santa Fe, New Mexico and has attended summer intensives at Alonzo King LINES Ballet, Kansas City Ballet and at the American
cast Dance Festival. A senior B.F.A. Dance major, she has performed in works by Adele Myers, David Justin, Yacov Sharir, Andy Noble and Curtis Uhleman of ARCOS. She recently traveled to South Korea with The University of Texas at Austin to collaborate with other young artists in Seoul.
Emily Snouffer (AdMortuos, Turning the Page, Five, For the Fallen Ones) has trained and performed in the Austin area for 19 years. She has danced with professional companies including Verge Dance Company and Reverence Dance Project. In her time at The University of Texas at Austin, She has performed works by Robert Battle, David Justin, Holly Williams and Mark Morris. After graduating in May with a B.F.A. in Dance, she plans to audition for companies with hopes of one day working in the field of arts administration and management. Mariana Spósito (Paix, Wildness: A Requiem for J.M.) is a junior in the B.F.A. Dance program who grew up dancing in Edmond, Oklahoma. She has performed and choreographed in Dance Action’s S.E.E.D student showcases and worked as co-choreographer in Uh Theatre Company’s production, Thomas Was Alone. Most recently, she took classes abroad in Europe and interned with a local aerial dance company, Blue Lapis Light. After graduating, she hopes to live and dance abroad.
Hunter Sturgis (Independence Day, Wildness: A Requiem for J.M.) began dance as a hobby in middle school before realizing he wanted to pursue it in college. Most recently, he performed in Dance Repertory Theatre’s Fall for Dance. Upon graduation he plans to dance in New York City.
Connor Timpe (Independence Day, Wildness: A Requiem for J.M.) began performing with the Galveston Ballet in high school. He is currently a second-year B.F.A. Dance major. He hopes to dance professionally before attending medical school in order to become a pediatrician. Erica Wend (Prelude, schematic, For the Fallen Ones) began dance training and performing at a young age in Washington state. Most recently, she performed Quiver, by David Justin, at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. She is a junior pursuing a B.F.A. in Dance and plans to dance professionally after graduating. Georgina Wilson (Rehearsal Assistant – AdMortuos, schematic) is from California and is currently pursing a B.F.A. in Dance. She has been performing since she was young. Most recently, she performed in Fall for Dance and In the Heights last spring at The University of Texas at Austin. After graduating, she hopes to further her career in professional dance.
crew assistant stage manager Kristian PiÑa
Costume shop Supervisor PATRICIA M. RISSER
Master Electrician Erica Ayala
ASSISTANT LIGHTING DESIGNER ANDREW CARSON
DRAPERS BETTY CHLYSTEK SARAH LANKENAU
TEXAS PERFORMING ARTS LIGHTING ASSISTANTS LAUREN GALLUP NOLAN THOMAS ALLIE VAN NIMAN SHIMSHON ADAM ZEEVI SAM ZUCKERMAN
ASSISTANT PROJECTION DESIGNER KATE DUCEY SCENE SHOP SUPERVISOR J.E. Johnson
1ST HANDS SARAH ALDRIDGE ANNA KIMMEL SWETA VAKANI
CHARGE SCENIC ARTIST karen Maness
Costume shop Project Manager DARCY WEBERG
ASSISTANT CHARGE SCENIC ARTIST kara konop
costume crew teaching assistants JUSTIN COLLINGS KRISTiN WOMBLE
master CARPENTER hank schwemmer lead carpenter kate vaughn GRADUATE TEACHING assistants bruno houle ian loveall david molina teena sauvola PRODUCTION leadS fallon christian kay mcguire ian moser Production assistants ian alexander patricia bennett anisha borthankur kat hyde kristen kellog jasmine kurys haley libbey reed neal tori ray shelby stark rylan veigel david zemnicki PROPERTIES SUPERVISOR R. SWITZER PROPERTIES ASSISTANT supervisor rikki perez Prop shop gradaute assistant Youngmin lee PROPS ARTISANs Jada Cadena KIARA MCGEE PROP STOCK MANAGER Victoria solorio PROPS ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT Victoria solorio PROPS CONSTRUCTION CREW Jada Cadena Morgan StUART SCENERY/PROPS CREW sean woods
COSTUME CONSTRUCTION CREW TYLER CLARK JASMINE GROFF SAMANTHA PAVICH SARA ROBILLARD LYDIA SAENZ WIG AND MAKEUP SPECIALIST ALLISON LOWERY wardrobe crew teaching assistant ALISON REID WARDROBE CREW makynzie davis sydney davis victoria ray costume CRAFTS supervisor tanya olalde costume CRAFT ASSISTANT E.L. HOHN COSTUME SHOP OFFICE ASSISTANTS MATTHEW HERNANDEZ MORGYN UTZMAN COSTUME STOCK MANAGER ANDIE DAY costume stock assistants CASEY MCCOOL LAURA ROGERS RAMA TCHUENTE theatre and dance Lighting Design TEACHING ASSISTANTS RACHEL ALULIS ANDREW CARSON YI-TAI CHUNG kate ducey lacey erb CHIAN-ANN LU PO-YANG SUNG TEXAS PERFORMING ARTS LIGHTING SUPERVISOR JEFF ELLINGER TEXAS PERFORMING ARTS SUPERVISING ELECTRICIAN mikela cowan
THEATRE AND DANCE STUDENT ELECTRICS CREW lindsay kelly luke linsteadt sommer neugebauer scarlet robertson light board operator ADRIAN COLLINS INTEGRATED MEDIA ENGINEER RYAN BELOCK Media board operator anna lehnhoff AUDIO board supervisor MIKE MALAK Sound board operator kathryn collet COSTUME DESIGN ADVISOR SUSAN MICKEY COSTUME TECHNOLOGY ADVISOR JAMES GLAVAN SCENIC DESIGN ADVISORs Bill Bloodgood Richard isackes lighting design advisor MICHELLE HABECK Integrated Media advisor Sven Ortel STAGE MANAGEMENT ADVISOR rusty cloyes academic production manager david stewart PHOTOGRAPHERs daniel cavazos lawrence peart GRAPHIC DESIGNErs MORGAN BATHE SPECIAL THANKS steve canty