In the Ether


hero image for ether with rainbow squares behind dancer

By Erica Gionfriddo

An investigation of embodiment and our virtual identity, In the Ether is a staged rehearsal of possible cyborg realities. Utilizing live streaming, emergent technologies and performance, In the Ether explores elements of cyborg and queer theories by challenging our core notions of perception and existence in a cybernetic world. 

In the Ether is an iteration of The Ether series, created by Erica Gionfriddo (ARCOS), that has been evolving through performances across the U.S. since 2016. This exploration of ‘self’ speaks volumes to our present moment, when the imperative to remain physically separate from others has cast humanity into the arms of virtual spaces that disincentivize embodiment while simultaneously providing access to our ever-growing global community. By advocating for expansive definitions of both body and technology, participants and spectators are invited to imagine their sense of self beyond their dominant reality and embrace the pleasurable confusion of the multiplicity of realities we are capable of co-creating.

Runtime is approximately 60 minutes with no intermission. 

View the Program for In the Ether

View the program as an accessible PDF here. (Download via external link) 


Erica Gionfriddo is a dance artist, educator and somatic researcher who believes in the intelligent body each of us occupies. They are co-founder of ARCOS Dance (, whose ongoing inquiry probes the intersection of technology and humanity through rigorous interdisciplinary experimentation. Gionfriddo’s extensive experience as a GYROKINESIS® and GYROTONIC® trainer guides their pedagogical methodology, which they bring in their capacity as lecturer in dance at The University of Texas at Austin and as an international teaching artist. Gionfriddo holds a B.F.A. in Dance Performance and Choreography from Shenandoah Conservatory and is currently an M.F.A. candidate at Hollins University.


December 2 at 7:30 p.m. (PREVIEW)
December 3 at 7:30 p.m.
December 4 at 7:30 p.m.
December 5 at 7:30 p.m.
December 6 at 7:30 p.m.

Performances of In the Ether have now concluded. Those interested in lending support for this project and the work of Texas Theatre and Dance may do so here. (Please note that this support does not include the ability to stream the performance after live shows have concluded). 

Inside Look

Titles, dates, artists and venues are subject to change. 

See All Upcoming Events

Attend an Event

Helpful links to help you plan your visit:

Tickets & Subscriptions

Purchase tickets and learn more about subscription packages and discounted student tickets.

Location, Directions, Parking

Get directions and up-to-date information about campus parking and construction impacts.

COVID-19 Protocol

Learn more about how we're keeping our community safe.


Accessible viewing options are available by request for all our venues.