Dance thesis works will be presented
URBANA — The masters of fine arts candidates in dance at the University of Illinois will present on Thursday, Friday and Saturday Studiodance One, an experimental 60-minute concert that will feature live music and video.
Rene Archibald, Kathleen Kelley and Tamin Totzke will present their thesis works in the Studio Theatre at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. The performances will be at 7 and 9 p.m. each day.
Archibald's quartet "Shake Shake" brings new life to the clich of the dancer's body as an instrument. The work investigates sound as a kinetic sense, and the dancers are accompanied by an interactive sound score designed by Archibald and William Carlson.
In her new work, "To the Land," Kelley creates an atmosphere of space-age cinematic minimalism haunted by nostalgic romanticism. The piece foregrounds the immersive relationships that entangle the seven performers in a strange and uncharted landscape. Jeff Zahos' accompanying score is performed live through remote interactive video technology.
Totzke's newest dance, "FOR(ever)," is inspired by the frozen landscapes of Minnesota where forever is a mirage, a place coaxing time to stand still. The work is an ode to winter's stillness, frayed with layers of flickering lights and the clamoring of boots. "FOR(ever)," with music by composer Tony Reimer and design by Grant Bowen, is a collage of dance, music and video projections.
A post-performance conversation with the artists will take place after the 9 p.m. show Friday.
Tickets are $14 for adults, $13 for senior citizens and $8 for UI students and youths and may be purchased at krannertcenter.com or by calling 333-6280.