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Fall Dance Concert

November 3, 4, 5, 2023

Crafton-Preyer Theatre, Murphy Hall


Feel the force of dozens of dancers moving through space and narratives under a theme of “mythos.” The University Dance Company Fall Concert features works in ballet, hip hop, contemporary, and tap choreographed by faculty members, including new KU faculty member Shannon Stewart and guest artist Logan Pachciarz. Assistant Professor Stewart has set work on stages and screened at film festivals across the country and has worked with zoe | juniper and Deborah Hay, among others. Pachciarz is the co-founder and co-artistic director of Moving Arts and previously performed with Twyla Tharp, Boston Ballet, and Kansas City Ballet. The UDC Fall Concert is presented in collaboration with Jayhawk Tap Company, which will provide thunderous entertainment between works.

Costume Design by Zoe English & Lacey Marr
Lighting Design by Ann Sitzman & Elliot Bowman
Scenic Design by Rana Esfandiary
Projections Design by Caitlyn Howard
Stage Management by Victoria Frank

Sister Nancy

Choreography by Maya Tillman-Rayton
Dancers: Hope Casner, Alexandria Demps, Olivia Dondzila, Sydney Ebner, Kayla Howard, Jazmyne Le, Aubree Johnston, Mahika Meesa, Sarah Perez, Joslyn Vetock and Rizzy Xiong

Beautiful Decay

Choreography by Ashley Brittingham
Dancers: Cassidy Dunn, Emma Faulkner, Sophia Harrison, Cullen Krishna, Sarah Perez, Anna Shelton, Sloane Smith, Molly Stover-Brown and Stephanie Wirth

Cradling Persephone

Choreography by Michelle Heffner Hayes
Dancers: Morgan Blanton, Sofia Dunkelberger, Sydney Ebner, Madeline Evenson, Olly G. Mitchell, Cailan Niswonger, Christie Phillips, Eliana Rundus, Madi Seelye and Sloane Smith

"Cradling Persephone" is loosely based around the Greek myth of the abduction and “marriage” of Persephone re-envisioned as a survivor narrative of healing. While we do not portray assault onstage, the original story depicts sexual assault and/or violence, which may be triggering to survivors.

Neither Something nor Nothing

Choreographed & Performed by Cullen Krishna & Anna Shelton

Ragged but Right

Choreography by Cullen Krishna & Anna Shelton
Dancers: Storm Alicie, McKenna Bizal, Sofia Dunkelberger, Grace Epperly, Madeline Evenson, Cooper Holmes, Kayla Howard, Cullen Krishna, Abigail Lorenz, Esther Brynn McBride, Savannah Meier, Olly G. Mitchell, Cailan Niswonger, Katie Noll, Mallory Price, Paul Ruf, Madi Seelye, Anna Shelton, Claire Sprute, Joslyn Vetock, Mallory Wells, and Stephanie Wirth

Field Notes on Survival

Choreography by Shannon Stewart
Dancers: McKenna Bizal, Mia Godinez, Nina Katz, Abigail Lorenz, Esther Brynn McBride, Savannah Meier, Dylan Pope, Anna Shelton, Ashley Stone, and Nikolette Treadwell

The Promise

Choreography by Logan Pachciarz
Dancers: Rylee Brown, Sophia Harrison, Aubree Johnston, Cullen Krishna, Breck Luedke, Katie Noll, Sarah Perez, Anna Shelton, Olivia Taylor, Joslyn Vetock, and Stephanie Wirth