Fall For Dance

Artistic Directors: Jeremy Arnold, Erica Gionfriddo and Dorothy O'Shea Overbey

Under the artistic direction of Jeremy Arnold, Erica Gionfriddo and Dorothy O'Shea Overbey, the award-winning dance company, Dance Repertory Theatre, presents new work from professional and student choreographers in Fall For Dance. 

Exploring the concepts of identity, cultural experience and self-expression through contemporary ballet, Fall For Dance returns to the stage, featuring work by guest artists Ray Schwartz (Director at Universidad de las Americas in Puebla, Mexico) and Jenn Freeman (New York-based choreographer, dancer and educator) as well as the world premiere of narrative ballet Crone by Dorothy O'Shea Overbey, an exploration of technology and movement by Erica Gionfriddo and the third installment of (Re)current Unrest, co-created by head of dance Charles O. Anderson and Jeremy Arnold.  

The running time is approximately two hours.

Fall For Dance contains mature content including disturbing imagery. Recommended for ages 14+.

StudyView the Fall For Dance playbill.

Performances 

Preview: November 7 at 7:30 p.m.*
Opening: November 8 at 7:30 p.m.
Additional Performances: November 9-10, 12 at 7:30 p.m.
November 12 at 2:00 p.m.

Featured Choreographers and Works

In the Ether by Erica Gionfriddo
Otras Puertas/Otros Rumbos by Ray Eliot Schwartz
Mirror by Francis Rodriguez
(Re)current Unrest pt. 3: Clapback by Charles O. Anderson and Jeremy Arnold
When by Jennifer Freeman
Crone by Dorothy O'Shea Overbey

Community Engagement

Dance DECODED

There will be a post-performance discussion with artistic directors Dorothy O’Shea Overbey, Jeremy Arnold and Erica Gionfriddo
on Thursday, November 9 immediately following the 7:30 p.m. performance.

Reviews

UT Dance Repertory Theatre's 'Fall For Dance': Work after work in this program emphatically spoke to current events, to the here and now - The Austin Chronicle

About the Artistic Directors

Jeremy Arnold received his B.A. cum laude from Muhlenberg College in 2012. He is a graduate of the Tap certification program at Jacob's Pillow under the direction of Michelle Dorrance. Arnold is a former member of the nationally touring Shelley Oliver Tap Dancers and Chloe Arnold's Apt. 33. He was a principal dancer with Tapestry Dance Company from 2014-2017. Arnold has served on the faculty of Soul 2 Sole Festival, True Sound Rhythm Festival, Revive Dance Convention, Dance Olympus/Dance America, Dance Masters of America, and the Cecchetti Council of America. Third Coast Rhythm Project, Tap Ties and McLennan Community College have commissioned his work. He is currently on the faculty of The University of Texas at Austin Department of Theatre and Dance.

Erica Gionfriddo is a dancer, choreographer and somatic researcher experimenting with how and where bodies - and humans - connect. She is the co-founder of the award-winning multimedia company ARCOS Dance which experiments rigorously across artistic disciplines. Choreographic commissions include the 15th Biennial Symposium on Arts and Technology, SITE Santa Fe, CURRENTS International New Media, Shenandoah Conservatory and INTERDANSA. Her work has also been recognized with a B. Iden Payne Award. She holds a B.F.A. in Dance Performance and Choreography from Shenandoah Conservatory, is a certified Pilates Mat instructor, GYROKINESIS® and GYROTONIC® trainer and an adjunct lecturer at The University of Texas at Austin. acrosdance.com

Dorothy O'Shea Overbey is a dance, choreographer, musician, filmmaker and founder of Red Nightfall Productions. After receiving degrees in Dance Performance and Philosophy from Southern Methodist University, she went on to dance with ballet companies such as Colorado Ballet and Ballet New York, and work with contemporary companies in a wide range of styles. While in New York, she trained at Atlantic Theater School and appeared in indie films, commercials and off-off Broadway. Since returning to Austin, Overbey has choreographed and co-produced String Circle and Color Field, collaborations with musicians from the Butler School of Music that feature dancers and musicians interacting on stage. She is currently producing Crone, a virtual reality film featuring dance, orchestral music and avant-garde costume design.s on Broadway.

 About the Guest Artists 

Ray Eliot Schwartz received his B.F.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University and his M.F.A. from The University of Texas at Austin. He has served as a faculty member for the Universidad de las Americas Puebla in San Andrés Cholula, Mexico for 11 years where he also serves as the academic coordinator for the dance program. Schwartz is the co-founder of Performática: Foro International de Danza Contemporánea y Artes del Movimiento, research associate at the Center for Mind Body Movement and a consultant and teaching artists for ArcDanz Internaitonal Dance Workshop. Prior to beginning his work in Mexico, he co-founded four contemporary dance projects in the Southern United States, including Sheep Army, The Zen Monkey Project, Steve's House Dance Collective and THEM. He has been a guest artist for diverse populations across the globe, including the United States, Turkey, South East Asia, South America and Mexico. Schwartz has served as a faculty member for The American Dance Festival, Bates Dance Festival, MELT, the ZMP Summer Dance Intensive, the Colorado College Summer Dance Festival and SFADI, among others. His work focuses on the idea of developing an understanding of the body through experience. 

Jenn Freeman is an American choreographer, dancer and educator based in New York City. In 2016, Freeman's choreography was commissioned by Marymount Manhattan College and in January 2017 by Wayne State University. Her works have been presented in New York at The Reverb Dance Festival, The 14th Street Y Cabaret and at The Young Choreographer's Festival (special guest artist). With over a decade of commercial dance experience, Freeman has worked alongside internationally-recognized choreographers in the development of pieces and large scale productions for Florence and the Machine, Madonna, The X-Factor, Target, The Brit Awards, Cirque du Soleil, The Martha Graham Dance Company (Tayeh Variation), Los Angeles Ballet (Beneath One's Own Dignity), So You Thing You Can Dance, Encores! Off-Center at New York City Center (The Wild Party) and Classic Stage Company (Iphigenia in Aulis). Music Video choreography credits include: Avan Lava's Wanna Live, directed by Alexander Hammer. Professionally, Freeman has danced in works by choreographers Sonya Tayeh (you'll still carry me by name), Mia Michaels, Kyle Abraham (Abraham.in.Motion), Larry Keigwin (Keigwin and Co.), Mark Swanhart, Daniella Flora, Charlotte Boye-Christensen (NOW-ID) and Brook Notary (The Pulse Project), among others. Freeman has appeared in live performances for Target, The MTV Video Music Awards, The Jimmy Fallon Show, Comedy Central's The Comedy Awards and The Rolling Stone's 50th Anniversary Tour. She is an internationally recognized educator. Her unique teaching style can be experienced across the United States at Revive Dance Convention and The Dance Sessions. She also frequently appears as a guest/master teacher at Broadway Dance Center, Peridance Capezio Center and EDGE PAC. Graduate NYU TISCH.