Roots and Wings

Friday, April 19 - 21, 2013
B. Iden Payne Theatre

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Artistic Directors David Justin and Charles O. Anderson

Presented by the Department of Theatre and Dance

Standing on a long tradition of excellence and innovation, UT’s award-winning ensemble Dance Repertory Theatre takes flight with Roots and Wings. The showcase presents exciting new dance works and re-staged masterpieces by nationally and internationally acclaimed guest artists and faculty.

A highlight of the concert includes The Uncommitted, a new work by Paul Taylor, one of the foremost American choreographers of the 20th century and leading modern dance artists. His 134th choreographed work, The Uncommitted’s movements reflection of yearning and disconnection are underscored by Arvo Pärt’s evocative and haunting music.

“Taylor reveals the meat of the human condition, and he likes it raw. The dance suggests a world in which loneliness is not exactly the same as being alone. As in many of Mr. Taylor’s works, the dividing line is smudged.” – The New York Times

The University of Texas at Austin is pleased to be the first company, other than the Paul Taylor Company, to perform Taylor’s masterpiece.

Other work in Roots and Wings includes David Justin’s Solemn Opus: The Journey of Lost and Found. This critically acclaimed work has been performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., at the Ballet Builders Choreographers’ Showcase in New York and in Greece at the 20th World Congress of Dance. Yacov Shair’s new work 3D [Embodied] layers the physical and virtual worlds, as a virtual space becomes a habitable architectural space where by physical humans seamlessly appear and disappear.

The Uncommitted by Paul Taylor
Solemn Opus: The Journey of Lost and Found by David Justin
3D [Embodied] by Yacov Sharir
Turning It by Charles O. Anderson and David Justin
Home by Courtney Mazeika

Apr. 19, 20 at 8pm
Apr. 20, 21 at 2pm

Dance Decoded, a special pre-performance discussion, will be held on Friday, April 19 in conjunction with the Department of Theatre and Dance’s production Roots and Wings. Guest speakers include Roots and Wings artistic directors David Justin and Charles O. Anderson who will share their insight on the evening’s performance. Dance Decoded begins at 7:30 p.m. in the B. Iden Payne Theatre.

About Dance Repertory Theatre
The Department of Theatre and Dance’s celebrated dance company returns to the stage in Roots and Wings. In 2012, the company performed in the critically praised concert Catalyst, receiving two Austin Critics’ Table Award nominations. Dance Repertory Theatre recently presented work at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. and Tanzsommer International Festival in Austria.

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