UMTAD Newsletter: February 24, 2021

Including Spring 2021 Event Details
University Dance Theatre rehearsals with Cowles Visiting Artists, Photo by Isabel Fajardo
University Dance Theatre rehearsals with Cowles Visiting Artists, Photo by Isabel Fajardo

Upcoming Spring Events

All free to access! 

Feb. 25, Mar. 11, Apr. 1 at 7:30pm CST | University Dance Theatre presents: Local Motion
Feb. 26 & 27 at 7:30pm, Feb. 28 at 2pm CST | Sueño
Mar. 11 at 4-5pm CST | "Black Arts and Activism" with Aleshea Harris & Harrison David Rivers

& more events from the UMTAD Arts Engagement HUB

 

University Dance Theatre presents: Local Motion
Photo by Randy Karels.

From the Dance Program and the work of local artists comes University Dance Theatre presents: Local Motion, a showcase of short films presented in 3 parts!

Featuring work by Cowles Visiting Artists 
Performed by University of Minnesota Dance students
Directed by Erin Thompson 

When: February 25, March 11, & April 1 at 7:30pm CST 
Where: Streaming on UMTAD YouTube & Facebook
Free to attend and open to the public.

Check out our website event page and Facebook event for more info.

Part 1: February 25, 7:30pm CST
Featuring:

  • And What Does it Mean to Me? Choreographed by Vie Boheme
  • Germination Choreographed by Andy Asong-Morfaw
  • Contained, Alive. (Entry 1) Choreographed by Pedro Pablo

Part 2: March 11, 7:30pm CST
Featuring work by Hiponymous, Patricia Brown, Lisa Berman and Joe Tran, and Darrius Strong
 
Part 3: April 1, 7:30pm CST

Featuring work by HIJACK, Herb Johnson III, Patricia Brown, and Leila Awadallah

Watch the Promo Clip! 

Sueño

José Rivera's translation and adaptation of Calderón de la Barca's classic play, Life Is a Dream, will be presented by the BFA Acting 3rd Year Company!

Sueno graphic

Directed by JL Rey 
When: February 26 & 27, 2021 at 7:30pm CST, February 28, 2021 at 2pm CST
Where: Streaming virtually on YouTube
Free to attend and open to the public.

The show runs approximately 2 hours, including two 5-minute intermissions. 

Click on each date for the link to the performance! 
Friday, February 26th @ 7:30pm CST
Saturday, February 27th @ 7:30pm CST
Sunday, February 28th @ 2:00pm CST

Check out our website event page and Facebook event for more info.

Aleshea Harris & Harrison David Rivers: "Black Arts and Activism"
Aleshea Harris & Harrison David Rivers

A conversation with playwrights, Aleshea Harris and Harrison David Rivers, on Black arts, writing, activism, and performance!

Moderated by English Professor, Douglas Kearney.
Presented by the Department of English EDI Graduate Workshops.
Co-sponsored by Theatre Arts & Dance/HUB Engagement and African American & African Studies.

When: March 11 at 4-5pm CST
Where: Held via Zoom
Free to attend and open to the public.

REGISTER HERE

Check out our website event page for more info, artist bios, and the registration link.

& More HUB Engagement Events

Tea Time Conversation #2: Alliance Building
February 24th at 11:00am CST via Zoom (Click here for the Zoom link)
Moderated by Emma Lai and John Patterson
BYOT - Bring Your Own Tea
Tea Time Conversations are part of HUB and contribute to an ongoing conversation about our obligations in the humanities to enact repatriations and to set intentions for more equitable approaches to performance.

Tea Time Conversation #3: Are you really in Minnesota? Naming and the power of categories and boundaries
March 12th at 12:00pm CST via Zoom (Click here for the Zoom link)
Moderated by Greta Gebhard and Joel Wilshire
BYOT - Bring Your Own Tea

Tea Time Conversation #4: Shaking Up The “Classics”
March 26th at 5:30pm CST via Zoom (Click here for the Zoom link)
A Conversation with Lisa Channer (director of Hecuba, May 2021) and JL Rey (director of Sueño, Feb. 2021)
BYOT - Bring Your Own Tea

And in April... 

  • Representation and Casting - Conversation with Shá Cage (Catalyst Arts) | April 1st from 5:30-7pm CST
  • Mona Smith, Dr. Jill Carter, and Emily Johnson: “Indigenous Performance and Resistance” (moderated by Dr. Jean O’Brien) | April 15th from 5:30-7:00pm CST

Wait, wait... What is the UMTAD Arts Engagement HUB? 

For the 2020/2021 academic year, the Arts Engagement Hub will serve as a centralized gathering space for Theatre Arts and Dance faculty and students to promote, discuss, and deepen commitments to equity and action in our department. The Hub also seeks to engage with local theatre arts organizations and individuals to build a better network within our broader Minnesota theatre community.

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COVID Corner

UMTAD's COVID-19 Plan can be viewed at z.umn.edu/UMTADCovidPlan. Our reopening plan highlights procedures put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and allow for social distancing inside our buildings.

For more on University of Minnesota's response to COVID-19, visit z.umn.edu/FallCovidPlan.

University of Minnesota Safe Campus
Please visit the Safe Campus website for University-wide news, resources for teaching and learning via alternative instruction, and archives of University system-wide messages.

College of Liberal Arts Neighborhood
Please visit the CLA Neighborhood for CLA-specific updates, info on the CLA COVID-19 Ad Hoc Committee, and archives of messages from Dean Coleman and the College of Liberal Arts.

COVID-19 Creative Resources

It is our priority to continue to assist students and community members throughout the COVID-19 pandemic by providing opportunities to access and engage with the arts, and resources that are unique to those in the creative sector. Check out our compiled list of creative resources.

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