Catalyst (2012)

"Catalyst" (2012), directed by David Justin and Yacov Sharir; Photo: Jeff Heimsath
Photo: Jeff Heismath

Directed by David Justin and Yacov Sharir

B. Iden Payne Theatre
March 23, 24 at 8:00 p.m.
March 24, 25 at 2:00 p.m.

Be transformed by dance.

Performed by acclaimed ensemble Dance Repertory Theatre, Catalyst brings unique and compelling dance works by nationally renowned choreographers to the stage. A highlight of the concert includes Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin's (Artistic Director of Batsheva Dance Company) sharp and humorous Minus 16. Breaking down barriers between performers and audience, Minus 16 captivates with dynamic movement and music, including traditional Irsaeli music, mambo, techno and Dean Martin.

Naharin's audience-engaging choreography is in high demand. The Alvin Alley Dance Theatre in New York will perform Minus 16 in December 2011, and the Batsheva Dance Company will perform at Texas Performing Arts' Bass Concert Hall in March 2012. The University of Texas at Austin is pleased to be the first university granted permission to perform Minus 16 in its entirety.

Other work in Catalyst includes the world premiere of David Justin's Oblivion's Ink, a contemporary ballet created to the music of jazz trumpeter and composer Dave Douglas. Yacov Sharir's Too & For explores corporeality in the physical realm as well as the virtual domain. And, Charles O. Anderson's Rite, inspired by the writings of the late American science fiction writer Octavia Butler, captures the shifting social, economic and ecological climates of the 21st century.

Program

Oblivion's Ink by David Justin
Too & For by Yacov Sharir
Rite by Charles O. Anderson
Minus 16by Ohad Naharin

Reviews

The Austin Chronicle: "Catalyst: Dance Repertory Theatre's successful spring concert guided its audiences to heaven"
UT News: "Dance Revolution"