Summer 2018 Events

All events are open to the public.

 

artist talk i: Kathryn Schetlick

Tuesday, June 5, 8 p.m., Niederer Auditorium, Richard Wetherill Visual Arts Center
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Lecturer of dance at the University of Virginia and graduate of the Alvin Ailey/Fordham University B.F.A. in dance program, M.F.A. dance graduate student Kathryn Schetlick will present her professional field portfolio in the form of an artist talk. Schetlick will share her extensive experiences in dance as she reflects upon her poignant journey as a performing and teaching dance artist.

 

Artist talk II: Naina Dewan

Wednesday, June 6, 8 p.m., Niederer Auditorium, Richard Wetherill Visual Arts Center
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Graduate of the State University of New York – Geneseo and currently assistant professor of dance at Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina, M.F.A. dance graduate student Naina Dewan will present her professional field portfolio in the form of an artist talk. Dewan will share her extensive experiences in dance as she reflects upon her poignant journey as a performing and teaching dance artist.

 

American realness @ hollinsdance mfa

Friday, June 8, 8 p.m., Hollins Theatre
Saturday, June 9, 8 p.m., Hollins Theatre

Photo of American Realness@hollinsdanceMichelle Ellsworth
Preparation for the Obsolescence of the Y Chromosome
Friday, June 8 & Saturday, June 9, 2018, 8:00 p.m., Upstairs Studio at Hollins Theatre 

Jumatatu m. poe & Donte Beacham
Let ‘im Move You: Hollins Edition
Friday, June 8 & Saturday, June 9, 2018 , 9:30 p.m., Hollins Theatre

Founded, directed and curated by Thomas Benjamin Snapp Pryor, American Realness returns to hollinsdance mfa for a second summer, bringing artists from New York and international stages to Roanoke, Virginia for intimate and transformational performances. Since 2010 American Realness has drawn attention to the work of subversive and marginalized artists in an effort to refocus the legacies of American dance and performance in the art historical cannon. Queer, brown, and feminist perspectives have been amplified out of New York, across the U.S., and around the world.  

On June 8 and 9, 2018 American Realness takes over Hollins Theatre, presenting Michelle Ellsworth’s quirky and sincere Preparation for the Obsolescence of the Y Chromosome in the Upstairs Theater and Jumatatu m. poe & Donte Beacham’s Let ‘im Move You: Hollins Edition in an intimate audience configuration set on the Hollins Theatre Mainstage.

American realness Dialogue with the Artists

Saturday, June 9, 2018, 4 p.m., Botetourt Reading Room
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American Realness: Dialogue with the Artists is an intimate and focused discussion with featured artists and performers of American Realness. Artists will share art-making processes, techniques, and inspirations; providing insight into how the individual makers are conceptualizing ideas and transforming those ideas into performative work. The American Realness: Dialogue with the Artists will be hosted by M.F.A. dance faculty member Noémie Solomon and AR founder Benjamin Pryor.

Artist talk III: Jennifer McNamara

Sunday, June 10, 2018, 8 p.m., Niederer Auditorium, Richard Wetherill Visual Arts Center
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Jennifer McNamara is a native of Syracuse, NY, and received her early dance training at the former Center of Ballet and Dance Arts, with further study at the School of Cleveland Ballet and the School of Richmond Ballet. She was a member of the Richmond Ballet for two seasons before joining the Eugene Ballet where she danced for 10 years. McNamara will present her professional field portfolio in the form of an artist talk. She will share her extensive experiences in dance as she reflects upon her poignant journey as a performing and teaching dance artist.

Artist talk IV: Adia Whitaker

Tuesday, June 12, 2018, 8 p.m., Babcock Auditorium, Dana Science Building
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Graduating with a B.A. in dance from San Francisco State University and currently teaching in New York City at Friend’s Seminary, the New Victory Theater, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and Mark Morris Dance Group School, Adia Whitaker will present her professional field portfolio in the form of an artist talk. Whitaker will share her extensive experiences in dance as she reflects upon her poignant journey as a performing and teaching dance artist.

 

Artist talk V: Raymond Rodriguez

Wednesday, June 13, 2018, 8 p.m., Babcock Auditorium, Dana Science Building
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Raymond Rodriguez joined Cleveland Ballet (Ballet San Jose) in 1981 as a principal dancer, and during his tenure with the company he has held the positions of rehearsal assistant, repetiteur, regisseur, principal ballet master, associate artistic director, and managing director. In 2016, he moved to Chicago to join the Joffrey Ballet as head of Studio Company and Trainee Program. Rodriguez will present his professional field portfolio in the form of an artist talk. He will share his extensive experiences in dance as he reflects upon his poignant journey as a performing, teaching, and choreographing dance artist.

M.F.A. Dance Performance I

Friday, June 15, 8 p.m., Hollins Theatre
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M.F.A. Dance Performance I features a collection of original work in performance and/or choreography by current M.F.A. dance candidates. As part of the thesis capstone research project, performance and dance work featured in this concert highlight a diverse approach to contemporary dance practices, research, and making.

 

M.F.A. Dance Faculty/Staff Dance Concert

Saturday, June 16, 8 p.m., Hollins Theatre
Photo of Faculty Staff Dance PerformanceThe faculty and staff dance concert features choreographic and performance work of faculty and staff engaged with the Hollins M.F.A. Dance 2018 summer gathering. Creative work is diverse, eclectic, and represents the amazing artistic talent of the Hollins summer gathering community.

 

 

Artist Talk VI: Uri Sands

Tuesday, June 19, 8 p.m., Niederer Auditorium, Richard Wetherill Visual Arts Center
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Uri Sands danced professionally with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Philadanco, North Carolina Dance Theater (now Charlotte Ballet), Minnesota Dance Theater, and in 2004 founded TU Dance in St. Paul, MN. Sands will present his professional field portfolio in the form of an artist talk. He will share his extensive experiences in dance as he reflects upon his poignant journey as a performing and teaching dance artist.
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Artist Talk VII: Krzysztof Wojtera

Wednesday, June 20, 8 p.m., Niederer Auditorium, Richard Wetherill Visual Arts Center
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Born in Poland, Krzysztof (Kristopher) Wojtera began his ballet studies at the National Ballet School in Gdansk, Poland. He danced with the Polish National Theatre in Warsaw, where he performed roles in a variety of classical and contemporary works throughout Poland and Europe. Upon moving to the United States, he became a soloist with Columbia City Ballet in South Carolina. In 2003, he joined the Louisville Ballet as a first soloist. Wojtera will present his professional field portfolio in the form of an artist talk. He will share his extensive experiences in dance as he reflects upon his poignant journey as a performing and teaching dance artist.

M.F.A. Dance Performance II

Friday, June 22, 8 p.m., Hollins Theatre
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M.F.A. Dance Performance II features a collection of original work in performance and/or choreography by current M.F.A. dance candidates. As part of the thesis capstone research project, performance and dance work featured in this concert highlight a diverse approach to contemporary dance practices, research, and making.

 

M.F.A. Dance Performance III

Saturday, June 23, 8 p.m., Hollins Theatre
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M.F.A Dance Performance III features a collection of original work in performance and/or choreography by current M.F.A. dance candidates. As part of the thesis capstone research project, performance and dance work featured in this concert highlight a diverse approach to contemporary dance practices, research, and making.

 

Artist Talk VIII: Jeffery Hancock

Sunday, June 24, 8 p.m., Niederer Auditorium, Richard Wetherill Visual Arts Center
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Jeffery Hancock has performed, taught, choreographed, and designed costumes all over the US and abroad. He was a founding member of River North Dance Chicago, danced for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, The Lyric Opera, Chicago Festival Ballet, Same Planet Different World Dance Theater, where he was a co-artistic director, Dance Kaleidoscope, Jan Erkert & Dancers, and guested with Joe Goode and many others. Hancock will present his professional field portfolio in the form of an artist talk. He will share his extensive experiences in dance as he reflects upon his poignant journey as a performing and teaching dance artist.
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Artist talk IX: Eloy Barragan

Tuesday, June 26, 8 p.m.Niederer Auditorium, Richard Wetherill Visual Arts Center
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Associate professor of dance at the University of Iowa with professional dance training at the Joffrey Ballet School/NYC and Escuela Nacional de Danza at the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes/Mexico City, Mexico, Eloy Barragan will present his professional field portfolio in the form of an artist talk. He will share his extensive experiences in dance as he reflects upon his poignant journey as a performing and teaching dance artist.

 

Artist talk X: Kirven Douthit-Boyd

Wednesday, June 27, 2018, 8 p.m., Babcock Auditorium, Dana Science Building
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Kirven Douthit-Boyd has danced with Battleworks Dance Company, Alvin Ailey II, and was a member of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater from 2004 to 2015. He currently resides in St. Louis, Missouri, where he is the co-artistic director of dance at the Center of Creative Arts – COCA. Douthit-Boyd will present his professional field portfolio in the form of an artist talk. He will share his extensive experiences in dance as he reflects upon his poignant journey as a performing, teaching, and choreographing dance artist.

M.F.A. DANCE PERFORMANCE IV

Friday, June 29, 8 p.m., Hollins Theatre
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M.F.A. Dance Performance IV features a collection of original work in performance and/or choreography by current M.F.A. Dance candidates. As part of the thesis capstone research project, performance and dance work featured in this concert highlight a diverse approach to contemporary dance practices, research, and making.

 

M.F.A. Dance Performance V / Mobile Tour

Saturday, June 30. Various Sites – Hollins Campus
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M.F.A. Dance Performance V features a collection of original work in performance and/or choreography by current M.F.A. dance candidates in site-specific locations on and around the Hollins campus. As part of the thesis capstone research project, performance and dance work featured in this concert highlight a diverse approach to contemporary dance practices, research, and making.

 

ARTIST TALK XI: Kara Wilkes

Monday, July 2, 8 p.m.Niederer Auditorium, Richard Wetherill Visual Arts Center
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A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Kara Wilkes began her professional career performing classical and contemporary work for five seasons with Milwaukee Ballet Company. In 2006, she became a soloist for Victor Ullate Ballet in Madrid, Spain. Wilkes joined North Carolina Dance Theatre (now Charlotte Ballet) in 2007, where she danced leading roles for four seasons. She was named one of “25 to Watch” by Dance Magazine in 2009, and joined Alonzo King Lines Ballet, based in San Francisco, in 2011. Wilkes will present her professional field portfolio in the form of an artist talk. She will share her extensive experiences in dance as she reflects upon her poignant journey as a performing, teaching, and choreographing dance artist.

ARTIST TALK XII: Erica De La O

Tuesday, July 3, 8 p.m., Niederer Auditorium, Richard Wetherill Visual Arts Center
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A native of Los Angeles, CA, Erica De La O joined the Louisville Ballet in 2003 where she is currently a principal artist. She has danced major roles in La Sylphide (The Sylphe), Giselle (Giselle), Swan Lake (Odette/Odelle), Romeo and Juliet (Juliet), Cinderella (Cinderella), Coppelia (Swanhilda), Don Quixote (Kitri), Sleeping Beauty (Aurora), Les Sylphides, Lady of the Camellias (Marguerite), Nutcracker (Sugar Plum and Marie), and Balanchine’s Theme and Variations, Concerto Baroque, Rubies, Western Symphony. De La O will present her professional field portfolio in the form of an artist talk. She will share her extensive experiences in dance as she reflects upon her poignant journey as a performing, teaching, and choreographing dance artist.