KU News: University Dance Company will present Fall Concert with theme ‘Bodies of Text’

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Contact: Lisa Coble-Krings, Department of Theatre & Dance, 785-864-5685, [email protected], @KUTheatre, @KUDanceDept
University Dance Company will present Fall Concert with theme ‘Bodies of Text’

LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas Department of Theatre & Dance will stage the University Dance Company’s repertory concert this week, featuring original works by KU faculty members Ashley Brittingham, Tristian Griffin and Maya Tillman-Rayton, as well as alumna Ashley Ebner. Ballet, modern/contemporary and hip-hop works will explore the fascinating, fun and complex ways that bodies and texts align, collide and work together under the concert’s theme, “Bodies of Text.”

The production opens at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19, with additional showings at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 20 and 21. Tickets are available at dance.ku.edu, by calling 785-864-3982 or in person at the box office in Murphy Hall. Masks will be required for attendees, per KU’s guidelines. The UDC Fall Concert will be released digitally on demand Dec. 13-31.

“We’re thrilled to have the University Dance Company performing in person again,” said Henry Bial, chair of the Department of Theatre & Dance, “especially when we have the opportunity to share new works by these four outstanding choreographers.”

Ashley Brittingham, lecturer in dance, will present “Summer,” a contemporary ballet in three sections featuring partnering and ensemble work en pointe and inspired by Antonio Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” violin concertos and poems.

The newest faculty member in the department, Tristian Griffin, assistant professor of the practice, presents “within a day,” a conceptualized work illustrating how we go about the day in stages in modern/contemporary style. The full-length piece exposes normality and the desire to be normal by oppressing individuality.

Maya Tillman-Rayton, lecturer in dance, presents “Irons in the Fire,” an up-tempo, ensemble-based hip-hop work about trying to maintain a normal pace in life and starting fresh when keeping pace isn’t attainable.

Ashley Ebner, a guest choreographer and recent alumna of the department, presents “L’amour et la Mort,” an original modern/contemporary piece exploring the relationship between love and despair and incorporating the poem “Love Letters or Suicide Notes” by Doc Luben.

The scenic and lighting designer for the UDC Fall Concert is Dennis Christilles, associate professor of theatre, and the costume designer for the concert is Jamie Urban, costume shop manager.

Kansas and Kansas City area cast and crew members for the UDC Fall Concert (full list available online): Ray Alaniz, a senior from Overland Park; McKenna Bizal, a first-year student from Overland Park; Johnny Dinh Phan, a junior from Overland Park; Sydney Ebner, a sophomore from Shawnee; Anna Hastings, a junior from Olathe; Gabriella Isabel, a junior from Lenexa; Aubree Johnston, a sophomore from Lee’s Summit, Missouri; Lucie Lane, a first-year student from Overland Park; Mira Pawlewicz, a senior from Overland Park; Hayley Robinson, a sophomore from Overland Park; Anna Shelton, a first-year student from Hesston; Olivia Taylor, a junior from Lenexa; and Annie Tripp, a junior from Kansas City, Missouri. Many of these cast members will perform in multiple works.

The University Dance Company’s Fall 2021 Concert is supported in part by KU Student Senate. The University Dance Company is a production wing of KU’s Department of Theatre & Dance. For more information about the University Dance Company, visit dance.ku.edu.

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