February Dance will present four prestigious choreographers in the dance field who create work from multiple perspectives and identities.
Roxane D’Orleans Juste, an Assistant Teaching Professor and a former soloist of the Limón Dance Company (1983-2016) will present a luscious solo informed by the rich interconnections between her Haitian and French-Canadian origins. The work hopes to explore how the Black female body strives to remember and to create a more hopeful world.
Professor Tere O’Connor, a three-time Bessie Awardee and USA/Dance Fellow will create the new work Future Cake, which looks at the tension between unison and non-unison movement as a communicative engine in dance. Using choreography as a companion to thought, he hopes to move us beyond negative connotations of “chaos” into a new space of expression, where pluralism supersedes the singularity of meaning.
Professor Cynthia Oliver, a Bronx-born, Virgin Island-reared, award-winning choreographer and performance artist, will create a new small group work entitled Fallow, exploring contemplation, emptiness, and expanse as vital moments of potential. How does one occupy and/or move through states of emptiness, renewal, and contemplation? How do we imagine it? Can those imaginings be disrupted? By culture? Habit? Mechanics? These are the nuts and bolts of Fallow.
Professor John Toenjes creates large multidimensional and interactive works that are situated at the intersections of technology, dance, and music. His new work Soundwave Surfing is a friendly competition among improvising performers to see who can create the most compelling layers of sound within a live dance-music-rap computer remix machine.
May contain adult content.
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Tickets for this event will go on sale to the public at 10am on Wednesday, January 12. Tickets will be sold online only, not by phone or at the Ticket Office counter. Before the on-sale date, please visit Krannert Center’s online ticket office to ensure you have or can create an active account. All 2021-2022 ticket on-sale dates are now available. To learn about early ticket-buying opportunities, please contact Krannert Center’s Advancement team: 217.333.6700 or advancement [at] krannertcenter.illinois.edu.
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