In Program A, emerging choreographic artist and Master of Fine Arts candidate Charlie Maybee will present his contemporary explorations of the genre of tap dance. The program will include Dance alumni Isiah Asplund (BFA '17), Lauren Mendelson (BFA '18), and Randi Townsend (BFA '17) and Illinois alum Jon Faw ('17 MEDIA). MFA candidates Mauriah Kraker and Leah Wilks will join Charlie in an opening improvisation.
Program B will feature small works created by Dance faculty in conjunction with alumni. Professor Sara Hook will bring back alums Betsy Brandt (MFA '13), Elizabeth Johnson (MFA '03), Randi Townsend (BFA '17), and Kendra Portier (MFA '18) to the Studio Theatre stage. Professor Tere O'Connor will set the duet Double Flower Possibility on two alumni, and graduate Momar Ndiaye (MFA '17) will create a physically demanding solo for Professor Abigail Zbikowski.
February 28 at 7pm, March 1 at 9pm, and March 2 at 7pm
February 28 at 9pm, March 1 at 7pm, and March 2 at 9pm
May contain adult content
StudioDance I Extended
Armageddon or sunrise or something is a multi-year research project and performance for two dancers. Stemming from their shared interests in memory, nostalgia, resiliency, and placemaking, MFA candidates Mauriah Kraker and Leah Wilks probe into dreams as scores for movement and how the topographies of the Midwest and the South have shaped their bodies and their choices. Within the piece, they pull from their different histories in elite-level sports, improvisation, ballet, and sound design to explore care, exhaustion, ritual, and decay.
The work will premiere in a converted barn, Bluestem Hall, at Barnhart Prairie in Urbana, Illinois, March 8 and 9, 2019. Doors open at 7pm. Show begins at 7:30pm.