When Dance, Architecture and Robotics Collide
Sometimes the most interesting impetuses for movement come from ideas that, at least initially, seem only tangentially related to dance. For years, choreographer Elizabeth Streb has been preoccupied with the idea of risk. From how high can a dancer free fall, or at what speed can two dancers collide, without causing injury? They're un-dancerly premises, more concerned with physics than composition, and yet they've resulted in an exhilarating body of dance work.
Streb's company STREB Extreme Action is about to begin a residency at the Lied Center for Performing Arts in Lincoln, NE. In preparation for the visit, University of Nebraska–Lincoln students from the dance, theatre, architecture, computer science and engineering departments have been channeling Streb, considering dance from unusual perspectives. The dancers have been working on phrases that ignore the effects of gravity; engineering students have constructed flying robotic drones that will "perform" alongside the dancers; members of the second-year architecture class have sketched out a series of projections evoking frightening, risky spaces.
All of their work will culminate in STREB Extreme Action's time on campus in April—which, fittingly enough, corresponds with National Robotics Week. Streb and her company will work with the students to assemble all those pieces into one provocative, multidisciplinary work.
Seem hard to imagine? Here's a video showing some of the students' inventions:
What do Percy Jackson, Princess Diana and Tina Turner have in common? They're all characters on Broadway this season. Throw in Michelle Dorrance's choreographic debut, Henry VIII's six diva-licious wives and the 1990s angst of Alanis Morissette, and the 2019–20 season is shaping up to be an exciting mix of past-meets-pop-culture-present.
Here's a look at the musicals hitting Broadway in the coming months. We're biding our time until opening night!
If you think becoming a trainee or apprentice is the only path to gaining experience in a dance company environment, think again.
The University of Arizona, located in the heart of Tucson, acclimates dancers to the pace and rigor of company life while offering all the academic opportunities of a globally-ranked university. If you're looking to get a head-start on your professional dance career—or to just have a college experience that balances company-level training and repertory with rigorous academics—the University of Arizona's undergraduate and graduate programs have myriad opportunites to offer:
Yes, we realize it's only August. But we can't help but to already be musing about all the incredible dance happenings of 2019.
We're getting ready for our annual Readers' Choice feature, and we want to hear from you about the shows you can't stop thinking about, the dance videos that blew your mind and the artists you discovered this year who everyone should know about.
Ah, stretching. It seems so simple, and is yet so complicated.
For example: You don't want to overstretch, but you're not going to see results if you don't stretch enough. You want to focus on areas where you're tight, but you also can't neglect other areas or else you'll be imbalanced. You were taught to hold static stretches growing up, but now everyone is telling you never to hold a stretch longer than a few seconds?
Considering how important stretching correctly is for dancers, it's easy to get confused or overwhelmed. So we came up with 10 common stretching scenarios, and gave you the expert low-down.