Flatlands Dance Theatre will electrify audiences with an evening of original dance works that feature innovation, diversity, and above all, collaboration. Complex and highly entertaining, these fusion works feature not only live dance, but also live music, theatrical interludes, film, and visual art works that intersect with the movement of dancers onstage. Joining the company are guest artists Jason Barton (film), Courtney Brown (theater), Emmett Buhmann (lighting design), Carol Fluekiger (visual art), Adam Gallegos (film), Bruce Hermann (theater), Kris Olson (body percussion), Curtis Peoples (music), Tiburzcio (instillation art), and Bryan Wheeler (visual art). Collide will be presented in the Firehouse Theatre at the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts on Friday, November 11th and Saturday, November 12th, 2011 at 7:00 pm. Ticket prices include a $3 Select-a-seat surcharge, and are $20 general admission and $12 for students with ID and seniors. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.selectaseatlubbock.com
or by calling Select-A-Seat at (806) 770-2000.
“Thrift Store Blues,” a collaboration between choreographer Valerie Komkov Hill and visual artist, Carol Flueckiger, explores the connection between clothing and wearer, between past and present garments, between those who create the clothing and the life cycle of their effort.
“Of Earth and Sky,” a fusion of dance, body percussion, and visual art, re-imagines Popol Vuh, the ancient text of Mayan creation stories. Epic and fantastical, the image-laden text inspired a ritualistic large group dynamic of full-bodied, athletic movement. Body percussion bonds this tribe and projected imagery further intensifies an atmosphere of striking dimension. Choreographer Ali Duffy, visual artist Bryan Wheeler, and percussionist Kris Olson join forces, mixing aesthetic textures and layers in the work.
“Us,” a collaboration between choreographer Kristi Franks and visual artist Tiburzcio, takes an intimate look into romance and relationship by introspectively exploring the history and depth of Franks’s own relationships in this contemporary work set on five dancers. Collaborator Tiburzcio uses his unique art of floral design and his background in architecture to explore intimacy, patterns and depth within the context of a relationship.
“Rhythm & Grooves” - Choreographer/director Sarah Mondle, with help from dynamic camera man duo Eric Barton and Adam Gallegos present a video dance exploring the ideas of rhythm and "groove-ment" in a non-traditional setting. The idea is that movement maybe spontaneous or choreographed, but that either one undulates and resonates with the beat of life. Set amongst concrete immobile structures, impassible brick alleyways, and lonely empty spaces, the dance fills and moves these spaces according to this beat of life. One thing is for sure, the rhythm is going to get you!
“What I Should Have Said,” a collaboration of dance and theatre, flirts with the boundaries of social normalcy and speaks withheld inner dialogues. Theatre performers Bruce Hermann and Courtney Brown join FDT Directors Ali Duffy and Kyla Olson in a series of interludes that explore the tragic and comic dynamics of censoring ourselves in public situations.
“See the Modern Woman” - Moved by Marge Piercy’s poem “What Are Big Girls Made Of?” choreographers Kyla Olson and Genevieve Durham DeCesaro collaborated to create a dance piece exploring the ways in which we, as women, interact with each other, approach our bodies, and represent ourselves. Complex choreography moves between moments of tenderness and abuse, focusing on both the raw energy of group dynamics and the isolation of a dancer moving in solo. Excerpts of Piercy’s poem, read by Suzanne Aker, underscore the choreographic juxtaposition of femininity, sexuality, struggle, and companionship.
“Lumina” - Lighting designer Emmett Buhmann and choreographer Rachel Ure partner in exploration of light as a tangible medium. Through three contrasting vignettes in styles of character jazz, contemporary, and group improvisation, they invite the light to not only support the dancers, but to become a principal character on stage. In this unique marriage of light and movement, dancers partner with light at times being enveloped and embraced by it and at other times flirting with it while playing in shadows.
“Golden Spread” - Collaborators Curtis Peoples and Keaton West explore various elements of the summers in West Texas. The original composition entitled Cicada by Curtis Peoples partners with the movement in the piece, both representing the hot and dry climate that characterizes West Texas. Choreographer Keaton West draws inspiration from the wind, fire, landscapes and sunsets across the South Plains.