As Dance at Illinois celebrates dancing 50 years, Dance faculty members will collaborate with alumni to create dances for November Dance, February Dance, and Studiodance I. November Dance provides a unique historical perspective as all four choreographers have a long and rich history with Dance at Illinois. Faculty members Rebecca Nettl-Fiol (BFA ’75), Linda Lehovec (MFA ’96), and Professor Emeritus Renée Wadleigh (MFA ’91) are all graduates of the program, and the Head of the Dance Department, Jan Erkert, was a frequent guest artist at Illinois from 1980-1989. Professor Nettl-Fiol will co-create a piece for Dance students with alumna Melanie Bales (MFA ’83). Professor and department head Jan Erkert will reconstruct a solo titled Antigamente, originally built for alumna Juli Hallihan-Campbell (BFA ’84, MFA ’92), a member of Erkert’s company for over 10 years. Professor Lehovec will present work created in partnership with alumna Paige Cunningham (MFA ’07), a former dancer with Merce Cunningham Dance Company. Finally, Professor Renée Wadleigh will return from retirement to create her 50th work on Dance at Illinois students.
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