Poster design by Allen Quigley

Friday, March 23 - 25, 2012
B. Iden Payne Theatre

Production photos below

Directed by David Justin and Yacov Sharir

Presented by the Department of Theatre and Dance

Be transformed by dance.

Performed by the acclaimed ensemble Dance Repertory Theatre, Catalyst brings unique and compelling dance works by nationally renowned choreographers to the stage. A highlight of the concert includes Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin’s (Artistic Director of Batsheva Dance Company) sharp and humorous Minus 16. Breaking down barriers between performers and audience, Minus 16 captivates with dynamic movement and music, including traditional Israeli music, mambo, techno and Dean Martin.

Naharin’s audience-engaging choreography is in high demand. The Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre in New York will perform Minus 16 in December 2011, and the Batsheva Dance Company will perform at Texas Performing Arts’ Bass Concert Hall in March 2012. The University of Texas at Austin is pleased to be the first university granted permission to perform Minus 16 in its entirety.

Other work in Catalyst includes the world premiere of David Justin’s Oblivion’s Ink, a contemporary ballet created to the music of Jazz trumpeter and composer Dave Douglas. Yacov’s Sharir’s Too & For explores corporeality in the physical realm as well as the virtual domain. And, Charles O. Anderson’s Rite, inspired by the writings of the late American science fiction writer Octavia Butler, captures the shifting social, economic and ecological climates of the 21st century.

Oblivion’s Ink by David Justin
Too & For by Yacov Sharir
Rite by Charles O. Anderson
Minus 16 by Ohad Naharin

Performance Dates:
March 23 at 8PM
March 24 at 2PM
March 24 at 8PM
March 25 at 2PM

Catalyst Decoded, a special pre-performance discussion, will be held on Friday, March 23 in conjunction with the Department of Theatre and Dance’s production Catalyst. Guest Speakers include Catalyst artistic directors David Justin and Yacov Sharir, who will share their insight on the evening’s performance. Catalyst Decoded begins at 7:30 p.m. in the B. Iden Payne Theatre.

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