IU Contemporary Dance Theatre collaborates with famed European choreographer in ENCOUNTERS & COLLISIONS

December 19, 2014

BLOOMINGTON, Ind – The Indiana University Department of Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance will kick off 2015 with Encounters & Collisions, featuring nearly 60 undergraduate and faculty dancers, along with five faculty choreographers and two guest artists.

The marque piece featured in Encounters is a work developed during Hubbard Street 2’s residency at IU this fall. Created by famed choreographer Ihsan Rustem, the piece is based on Rustem’s retirement from the stage, and the emotional process of major life transitions.

“The style that Hubbard works with is very much in the contemporary European ballet world. That’s a little different from what we tend to do at IU,” explains Elizabeth Shea, director of the Contemporary Dance Program. “So we were interested in seeing how modern American dance clashes with contemporary ballet, and how they can work together. How do they collide?”

Encounters & Collisions also features eight other original works, including the politically charged, Wanted, created by Nyama McCarthy-Brown, who joined the faculty this year.

Inspired by the deaths of Treyvon Martin, Jordan Davis, and Michael Brown, Wanted challenges policies like, “Stop-and-Frisk,” as well notions of a post-race society, all to music by Janelle Monae, Boddhi Satva, Explosions in the Sky, and others.

“Our vision for the dance program is intentionally broad. One year we’re going to bring a work like Ihsan’s, the next we’ll bring in more of an experimental New York aesthetic,” says Shea.  “We want our students to experience a vast spectrum in their training, and we hope that at least one point in that spectrum speaks to them, personally.”

There will be a pre-concert talk, “Current Trends in Contemporary Dance”, at 6:30p-7:00p on Jan. 16 on the mezzanine.  Panel features special guest Terry Marling, director of Hubbard Street 2, IU Professor Iris Rosa, and dance faculty from Theatre, Drama and Contemporary Dance.

WHAT: Encounters & Collisions, IU Contemporary Dance Theatre Winter Concert

WHEN: January 16-17 at 7:30 p.m. / Jan 17-18 at 2 p.m.

WHERE: Ruth N. Halls Theatre, Lee Norvelle Theatre and Drama Center, 275 N. Jordan Ave.

TICKETS: Regular admission is $25 for adults, $15 for students, $20 for seniors. 812.855.1103 or theatre.indiana.edu. Group discounts available.

Cast and creative team information is available at http://www.indiana.edu/~thtr/productions/2014/encounters.shtml

Images below, and more on our Facebook page:
Taking Flight
Be Still…Listen

For more information, contact Amy Osajima at aosajima@indiana.edu.

Rehearsal Images:


Be Still…Listen (Rehearsal Image 1)


Be Still…Listen (Rehearsal Image 2)



Be Still…Listen (Rehearsal Image 3)


Da’Marco Kimble in “Taking Flight”


Alejandro Fonseca, Nick Heinzen, and Krista Zozulia in “Taking Flight”


Krista Zozulia and Charlotte Twitchell in “Taking Flight”


Da’Marco Kimble in “WANTED”


“WANTED” company


“WANTED” company


Da’Marco Kimble defying gravity again in “WANTED”



Leah Fournier and Emily Fourche in “Catherinette”



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