TWU Department of Dance presents first alumni concert
TWU dance alumna L. Brooke Schlecte performing "Offspring." Photo by Lynn Lane.
The Texas Woman’s University Department of Dance presents its first alumni concert Jan. 26-27 in the Dance Studio Theatre, located on the TWU Denton campus. For a map of the campus, visit https://www.twu.edu/maps/.
Performances begin at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Jan. 26 and 27. Tickets to the event are $5 for students and seniors, $10 for general admission. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 940-898-2086.
The adjudicated dance concert will feature the choreography of seven TWU Department of Dance alumni and performances by Big Rig Dance Collective, CholoRock Dance, Terrance M. Johnson Dance Project and Out On a Limb Dance Company, as well as independent choreographers Erika Record, Megan Odom and Karla Canamar. The concert will be curated by a panel of TWU Department of Dance faculty and graduate students.
Opening the concert is Weathered, a quartet inspired by weather patterns and the aftermath of destructive storms and choreographed by Erika Record (M.F.A. 2014). The Captain’s Daughter is a collaborative work created and performed by dance artists Megan E. Odom (B.A. 2008) and Erika Randall Smith, director of dance at the University of Colorado Boulder. The dramatic duet, a love story about the forbidden romance of a pirate ship’s first mate and the ship captain’s daughter, stems from Odom’s research in feminist and queer theories/histories. In Static, Lily Sloan (M.F.A. 2010), Whitney Geldon (M.F.A. 2012) and former student Néstor Pérez, representing Big Rig Dance Collective, investigate the idea of readiness – the act of syncing up movement with others and the building of energy that comes with that process. Terrance M. Johnson (M.F.A. 2015) founded the Terrance M. Johnson Dance Project to support the welfare of underserved communities. He closes the first half of the show with an excerpt from Lynched, a powerful collection of choreographic works that takes audiences on a social cultural journey that reflects on Black past, acknowledges Black present, and inspires hope for the Black future. The founder and artistic director of Out On a Limb Dance Company, L. Brooke Schlecte, (M.F.A. 2007) opens the second half of the Alumni Concert with Offspring, a set of two solos where texture serves to connect and separate two women. In El Camino Que No Conocemos, Karla Canamar, (B.A. 2008) explores how Mexican folklore acts as an impetus for contemporary choreographic practice for the Moving Ground Dance Company from Creekview High School in a dance that explores the journey of the unknown by using the traditional festivity of Dia de los Muertos and the unknown journey of the souls who depart from this world. Closing the night is choreography from Jose Zamora, (M.F.A. 2010). The founder and creative director of CholoRock Dance, he creates works that fuse culture, dance and experience. Emociones Encontradas is a physical representation of the conflict and satisfaction we experience when we are driven by our emotions.