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Caryl Churchill's Exploration of Life Comes to the Brockett Stage in Love and Information

Thursday, March 31, 2022

Texas Theatre and Dance is pleased to present Caryl Churchill’s Love and Information. A unique, thrilling theatrical kaleidoscope that showcases more than 100 characters trying to make sense of what they know. Someone sneezes. Someone can’t get a signal. Someone won’t answer the door. Someone put an elephant on the stairs. Someone’s not ready to talk. Someone is her brother’s mother. Someone hates irrational numbers. Someone told the police. Someone got a message from the traffic light. Someone’s never felt like this before. On stage at the Oscar G. Brockett Theatre April 13-24, 2022.

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Dance Repertory Theatre Returns in PIVOT

Thursday, March 17, 2022

Dance Repertory Theatre returns to the stage at Texas Theatre and Dance April 6-10, 2022 in a celebration of new choreographic works that speak to our collective resilience, adaptability and lived experience during the Covid-19 pandemic. Under the artistic direction of Charles O. Anderson ((Re)current Unrest, Dance Theatre X), Dorothy O’Shea Overbey (Red Nightfall Productions) and Quilan “Cue” Arnold (cue4christ.com) with producing artistic direction by Erica Gionfriddo (ARCOS), PIVOT features work by renowned faculty and student choreographers.

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Texas Theatre and Dance Presents New Works from Rising Playwrights through UTNT (UT New Theatre)

Friday, February 25, 2022

Texas Theatre and Dance is pleased to present UTNT (UT New Theatre), March 3-11, 2022 in the Oscar G. Brockett Theatre. Established in 2007 by nationally renowned playwright Steven Dietz, UTNT (UT New Theatre) celebrates is 15th season as an annual showcase of newly developed works for the American stage. Featuring three never-before-seen plays by playwrights of the Department of Theatre and Dance and the Michener Center for Writers at The University of Texas at Austin, UTNT continues to serve as an incubator of powerful new ideas for the stage.

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Texas Theatre and Dance Presents New Choreographic Works in Fall For Dance

Monday, November 1, 2021

Under the producing artistic direction of Erica Gionfriddo and co-artistic direction of Leah Cox and Joel Valentín-Martínez, Dance Repertory Theatre returns to the stage in Fall For Dance, a concert celebrating togetherness and connection and presenting poignant new works of choreography. Fall For Dance will feature two unique versions of programming, one for each week of performance, that seek to challenge and expand our understanding of the power of dance to change and transform, as well as an exploration of our collective transition through the COVID-19 pandemic and how we can take lessons to the other side of this ongoing metamorphosis.  

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Texas Theatre and Dance Presents The Tasters By Meghan Brown

Monday, October 25, 2021

Texas Theatre and Dance is pleased to present Meghan Brown’s The Tasters, a darkly funny, sharp new play that explores the nuances of political resistance, self-interest and individual action taken to create hope in the face of hopelessness. Under the direction of Kristen Osborn, The Tasters tells the story of government leaders who are being poisoned left and right and the Tasters who have an important job – eating delicious, gourmet meals, and then waiting to see if they die. When one rebellious taster goes on hunger strike, the reverberation of her choice threatens to disrupt the order of their world and change the course of history. Presented on stage at the B. Iden Payne Theatre November 3-14, 2021.

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Texas Theatre and Dance Presents Sonnets for an Old Century By José Rivera

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Texas Theatre and Dance is pleased to present José Rivera’s Sonnets for an Old Century, an examination of what it means to be alive and what traces each of us will leave behind. A series of exquisitely written monologues brought to life by director Corey Allen, Sonnets for an Old Century uses dance, performance and live music to capture the subtle, often overlooked treasures of everyday life. Presented on stage at the Oscar G. Brockett Theatre October 6-17, 2021.

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Texas Theatre and Dance Presents the 2021/2022 Season

Monday, August 23, 2021

Texas Theatre and Dance is pleased to present the 2021/2022 Season, featuring new works by emergent playwrights, an exploration of movement and meaning, a powerful play about the nuances of political resistance, an investigation of human emotion, connection and technology and a reflection on the magnitude and impact of an individual in the grand scheme of existence.

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The Department of Theatre and Dance Welcomes Scenic Designer Josafath Reynoso to Faculty

Friday, June 18, 2021

This fall, the Department of Theatre and Dance at The University of Texas at Austin welcomes incoming faculty member and award-winning scenic designer Josafath Reynoso who will serve as a professor of scenic design in the UT Live Design area. Reynoso has designed work both across the United States and around the world and brings with him a wealth of knowledge and expertise in the field.

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Joel Valentín-Martínez joins Dance faculty in the UT Austin Department of Theatre and Dance

Monday, April 26, 2021

This fall, the College of Fine Arts welcomes Joel Valentín-Martínez to the Dance division as an associate professor with tenure in the Department of Theatre and Dance at The University of Texas at Austin. A former member of the Tony Award-winning Garth Fagan Dance company, Valentín-Martínez has spent the last two decades developing his own choreographic works and teaching at the university level, most recently at Northwestern University.

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Biennial Celebration of New Work Returns with The Cohen New Works Festival

Friday, March 26, 2021

The Cohen New Works Festival, presented by the Department of Theatre and Dance at The University of Texas at Austin, returns in a five-day virtual festival celebrating new, student-created work April 12-16, 2021. The largest collegiate festival of its kind, the 2021 Cohen New Works Festival presents 33 all-new works, including dance and movement performances, works of theatre, installations and site-specific programming. This biennial festival continues to foster the next generation of undergraduate and graduate artists by providing the space and support for the development of innovative ideas, open discussion and interdisciplinary collaboration with the support of faculty co-producers, guest artists and scholars. The Cohen New Works Festival continues to empower students to further their creative growth by encouraging new artistic partnerships and amplifying unique and diverse voices.

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What Can the Cockroach Teach Us About Ourselves? del corazón nace el enjambre Explores Metamorphosis, Resistance and Revolution

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Texas Theatre and Dance at The University of Texas at Austin presents del corazón nace el enjambre, a virtual retelling of the tale(s) of la cucaracha. Activating the cockroach as a time-traveling avatar, this newly-developed work interweaves stories of metamorphosis, resistance and revolution in order to explore how attuning to a theoretical brown commons might expand possibilities of freedom. This virtual work is the third installment of an ongoing project created by Erica Patricia Saucedo. In this iteration, the performance both lives inside of and creates a digital ofrenda which collects elements of dance, text, images and objects to bring forth a feminist, queer offering for the future.

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A Unique Look Back at 2020 Hits the Virtual Stage This Spring in Year of the Tiger

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Texas Theatre and Dance presents Year of the Tiger, a newly-developed work that explores our shared reality of the past year. Composed of interviews with workers impacted by the pandemic, viral videos, official declarations and a tiger, Year of the Tiger is a blend of fact and fiction that seeks to respond to some of the troubling and often unbelievable events of the past year. This investigation explores not only the impact of COVID-19 worldwide, but also civil unrest, police brutality and the Trump administration's war with truth. 

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Gesel Mason's burst! Takes the Virtual Stage This February

Thursday, February 4, 2021

Texas Theatre and Dance presents Gesel Mason’s burst!, streaming February 25-27, 2021 as part of the Texas Theatre and Dance 2020/2021 Season. Part of an ongoing investigation that seeks to reimagine our identities and create space for individual voices to impact our collective community, burst! Uses contemporary dance and movement techniques developed as an extension of Mason’s project Yes, And. This methodology works to unravel our current perceptions of self and society in search of freedom; the freedom “to find” and to “be found” from a recalibrated place.

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Exploring the Boundaries Between Humanity and a Cyborg Reality, Texas Theatre and Dance Presents In the Ether

Monday, November 23, 2020

Texas Theatre and Dance presents Erica Gionfriddo’s In the Ether, streaming December 2-6, 2020 as part of the Texas Theatre and Dance 2020/2021 Season. 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. 

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UTNT (UT New Theatre) Returns with Virtual Presentations of New Work

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

The University of Texas Department of Theatre and Dance at Austin presents UTNT (UT New Theatre), November 5-20, 2020 in a series of unique virtual performances. Established in 2007 by nationally renowned playwright Steven Dietz, UTNT (UT New Theatre) is an annual showcase of newly developed works for the American stage from playwrights of the Department of Theatre and Dance’s master of fine arts program and Michener Center for Writers. Now in its thirteenth year, UTNT brings to the stage compelling works by ascending playwrights. This season, UTNT (UT New Theatre) will take place twice, presenting a variety of all new works in the fall (Part One) and spring semesters (Part Two). Performance titles for UTNT (UT New Theatre, Part Two will be announced later this fall.

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The Department of Theatre and Dance Welcomes Rude Mechs for Two-Year Residency

Monday, October 5, 2020

The Department of Theatre and Dance and the College of Fine Arts at The University of Texas at Austin are pleased to announce the renewed residency of the nationally-acclaimed, ensemble -based theatre collective, Rude Mechs. This two-year residency will provide students the opportunity to work with and learn from members of Rude Mechs through group workshops, mentorship and respondent feedback on student-devised work and processes.

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A Story of Heartbreak and Resilience on the Border, Isaac Gómez's La Ruta Heads to the Digital Stage This October

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Texas Theatre and Dance is pleased to present Isaac Gómez’s La Ruta, a heartbreaking story of a border town, a bus route and the women of Ciudad Juárez who are disappearing. Inspired by real testimonies from women affected by the ongoing femicides along the border, La Ruta will be presented virtually October 23-24, 2020 under the direction of Anna Skidis Vargas.

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(Re)current Unrest Brings Powerful Movement to the Virtual Stage

Monday, September 21, 2020

Texas Theatre and Dance, in partnership with Texas Performing Arts and Fusebox Festival, presents Charles O. Anderson’s (Re)current Unrest October 16-17, 2020 as a livestreamed performance event. This immersive ‘ritual’ performance is built upon the sonic foundation of Steve Reich’s three earliest works: It’s Gonna Rain (parts 1 and 2), Come Out and Pendulum. This work, created over a two-year development period, utilizes movement, media and powerful imagery to meditate on the “American Dream” and Black nihilism, borne of the current racially charged moment.

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Department of Theatre and Dance Welcomes Raquel Barreto to Faculty

Monday, September 21, 2020

This fall, the Department of Theatre and Dance at The University of Texas at Austin welcomes new faculty member Raquel Barreto who will serve as an associate professor in the costume design area. Barreto, a Brazilian-born costume designer, comes to the university with extensive experience in design for live performance including theatre, dance and opera. She will be teaching graduate level courses focusing on visual interpretations of myth, cross-cultural approaches to design and alternative ways costume designers can expand the narrative process.

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