Contemporary Voices

"We wanted to bring a 'here and now' approach...".Contemporary Dance Director Elizabeth Shea

dancers balance

Photo: Roberta Wong

IU dancers Lalah Hazelwood and Joe Musial in "Straight Duet," by Larry Keigwin and Nicole Wolcott.

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Contemporary Voices

IU Dance Theatre


Ruth N. Halls Theatre 275 N. Jordan Ave Bloomington, IN 47405

7:30 pm Jan 13 and 14, Family Matinee, 1:30 pm Jan 14, 2011

IU Auditorium Box Office 855 1103

The IU Dance Theater presents works by guest artists along with new dances by faculty members in a production by the IU Departments of Kinesiology and Theater and Drama. Here are a couple of snap shots from the upcoming production:

Visiting artist Ben Wegman notes that his dance, we note the invisible, presents a couple of special challenges for IU’s contemporary dancers. “For one thing, I’m asking them to dance with a twenty-foot tall balloon figure. And, in perhaps even more of a challenge, I’m actually asking them to speak. There are scripted and improvised lines that will actually break down the fourth wall between themselves and the audience. This is asking a lot in both the areas of dance and theatre, but the students are really reacting very well to it. ”

Director of the IU Contemporary Dance Program Elizabeth Shea’s piece is entitled Between the Sun and the Moon. “It’s a solo piece that grew out of my work with the IU Institute of Digital Arts and Humanities,” says Shea. The solo dancer will be dancing in front of a cyclorama, a traditional backdrop and behind a front scrim, so there will be a sort of 3-D quality. “

George Walker

After completing an M.A.T. degree in English at Indiana University, George Walker began announcing for WFIU in 1967. Along with regularly hosting classical music shows, he interviews artists and reviews plays and operas.

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