As the curtain goes up on November Dance, the only thing for certain is that the election will be over, humans will be changed as a result of the pandemic, and the curtain is a virtual curtain revealing our dances streamed or made specifically for the camera. Dance at Illinois anticipates a residue of emotions, so this reminds us to ground ourselves in the basics—the body moving here and now.
November Dance will feature new work by Dance at Illinois graduate students and faculty. Graduate students Kayt MacMaster and Sarah Marks Mininsohn are collaborating on a piece that evokes mythic folklore—drawing on an eclectic mix of imagery from cowgirls, herding, and minotaurs to teacups and nests. Professor Sara Hook’s work Cedar Closet has been wrested together from remnants of old dances that now collide and catalyze into a fresh archive of this present moment. Professor Endalyn Taylor’s work Boxed asks us to reflect and reconsider our perceptions of not only ourselves, but the identities we form in relationship to our race, gender, age, ability, and country. Graduate student and choreographer Bevara Anderson will offer a meditation of quietude, a welcome gift for this unsettled world. This dance will be performed by our first-year students, a new Dance at Illinois tradition, which will enable our audiences to get to know our initiates from their first performance to their last senior concert!
Nov 5 at 7pm and 9pm: Kayt MacMaster and Sarah Marks Mininsohn
Nov 6 at 7pm and 9pm: Sara Hook
Nov 7 at 7pm and 9pm: Endalyn Taylor
Nov 8 at 7pm and 9pm: Bevara Anderson
A talkback will be offered following each performance.
The performance including the talkback for each date and time will last approximately 40 minutes total.
Each performance will also be available on Vimeo as individual videos from Mo Nov 9, through Mo Nov 23.
If you require any accommodations for this event, please contact us two weeks in advance at kcpa-eventsoffice [at] illinois.edu.
May contain adult content.
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