Hogland and Roccato
Sarah Hogland and Louis Roccato perform a dance choreographed by Carla Maxwell.

The University of New Mexico Department of Theatre and Dance presents “Vertical Road: Faculty Dance Concert,” February 27- 28 and March 1, 6, 7 and 8 from 7:30-9:30 p.m.; and March 2 and 9 from 2-4 p.m. in the Rodey Theatre, located in the Center for the Arts on UNM’s main campus. 

Experience the pinnacle of artistry and athleticism in the faculty dance concert as UNM dance students are highlighted in choreography by internationally acclaimed guest artists José Galván, Alejandro Granados, Carla Maxwell (based on works by José Limón) Erika Pujič and UNM’s notable faculty Donna Jewell and Vladimir Conde Reche, also the artistic director of the program.

Limon Etude by Carla Maxwell is based on movement from Jose Limon's works, “Psalm, Dances for Isadora and A Choreographic Offering.” American Dance Legacy Initiative received a National Endowment for the Arts grant to develop Etude and identified UNM as a site for this ongoing work.

Todo es de Color and Seguiriyas, are two breathtaking flamenco works by renowned visiting artists from Spain, José Galván and Alejandro Granados. Last year the Department of Theatre and Dance initiated a permanent visiting professor line for its prominent flamenco dance emphasis program. Students train each semester with internationally acclaimed flamenco artists, enhancing their depth of knowledge and range of skills.

Seguiriyas, choreographed by José Galván, is a cante jondo (deep song) that tells of the struggle, anguish and pain of gypsy life, yet the relentless desire to triumph. José Galván has performed professionally in Madrid, Barcelona, his native Sevilla, and major capitals in Europe, Japan and North America.

Whole Shabang is a new piece created by visiting professor Erika Pujič to an original score by visiting musician and composer for dance, Carl Landa. This is an abstract piece filled with sharp, quirky movements. Gestures are a main focus of the piece and a driving force in the environment it creates. These movements, paired with the music create an atmosphere of an underground, futuristic world.

Head of Dance, Associate Professor Donna Jewell choreographs an original work that expands on an earlier piece that was originally inspired by a costume designed by Professor Dorothy Baca. Chaconne Equus involves nine dancers and is set in the suggestion of a ballroom, with set design by Assistant Professor, Inseung Park. Music from the masters of the Baroque era creates the mood for aristocrats to play at personal politics and flex within the restraints of social norms. From gestural expression to all out athleticism, the piece spans the palette of social delicacy and the physical vibrancy of the human desire to move and be moved.

In [ i ] by Assistant Professor Vladimir Conde Reche, physical and imaginary walls are constructed and destroyed in a work that takes each performer through a demanding physical dialogue between assumptions and reality. Conde Reche uses bricks as props to create scenarios that make it clear that, although people may be from different backgrounds with different structures, security must come from within.

Ticket prices are $15 general admission, $12 UNM faculty & seniors, and $10 UNM staff and students. Tickets are available at the UNM Ticket Offices located at the UNM Bookstore at Central and Cornell, or the Arena (The Pit) at University and Avenida Caesar Chavez, and by calling (505) 925-5858. Tickets may also be purchased at www.unmtickets.com.

More information is available online at UNM Theatre and Dance or by calling 277-4332.