The North Door
"...Basic questions for moving across a stage or moving through life – and the two mix in "More," the third section of a work that choreographer Andrea Beckham has developed with students in the University of Texas Department of Theatre & Dance for the Dance Repertory Theatre spring program Physical Language. Beckham was looking at a large number of dancers in the troupe this semester (28, the most dance majors the department has ever had), and with a fair number of them being seniors, she was mindful of the fact that for some this would be the final performance before they embarked on their careers – a step about which they were understandably anxious..."
"...There was no question in this year's Fall for Dance what time was being addressed by Dance Repertory Theatre. Again and again, works in this program stated, emphatically, insistently, with purpose, that they were focused on this time, the present moment, now..."
"...This week, the young artists of Dance Repertory Theatre, UT's resident student dance company, will be making the leap to the national stage quite literally. On May 16, DRT will perform at the John F..."
"...Sometimes universities feel like the most insular of places, ivory towers where eccentricities and pontifical discourse are sheltered from the urgency of everyday life. But other times, as with Dance Repertory Theatre's program of dance works informed by African-American experiences and culture, the university feels like a watchtower, a vital refuge for truly considering, from myriad angles, some of the most serious issues of our time...."
"...Heading this new enterprise are, quite naturally, a choreographer and a composer. David Justin is artistic director of Dance Repertory Theatre and a professor in the UT Department of Theatre & Dance..."
"...5) FALL FOR DANCE (Dance Repertory Theatre, UT Dept. of Theatre & Dance) A remarkable program of new dances speaking to the here and now, using movement to address race, immigration, and technology...."
"...Now, these worlds already have a long tradition of conversation, but in performance, usually with dancers onstage and musicians in the pit, the physical separation and focus on the visual has left the conversation feeling largely one-sided. Justin, who teaches in the UT Department of Theatre & Dance and is artistic director of its Dance Repertory Theatre, and Deemer, who received his doctorate in composition from UT and currently chairs the composition department at the University of Oklahoma, sought to create a true dialogue between music and dance via an ensemble of artists from both worlds who would share the stage in concerts...."
"...This season sees some traveling farther than others, however, thanks to special invitations. The students in Dance Repertory Theatre, UT's performing ensemble for dance majors, are currently in Austria for the Young Tanzsommer Festival 2006..."
"...8) MOMENTUM (Dance Repertory Theatre, UT Dept. of Theatre & Dance) Drive, focus, power, and endurance from Generation Z...."
"...8) 'FALL FOR DANCE' (Dance Repertory Theatre) David Justin's "Quiver" and Mark Morris' "Grand Duo" were more fuel for the music-is-everything fire...."
"...The University of Texas's Dance Repertory Theatre will perform "Minus 16" as part of Catalyst, March 23–25. Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 2 & 8pm; and Sunday, 2pm, at the B..."
"...When he returned to Austin, he started taking technical dance classes at UT. "Back then, if you weren't a dance major, you couldn't perform in the musicals or DRT [Dance Repertory Theatre, the student performing company], so they really had no use for me..."
"...The biting script was charged with a wild theatrical energy by the rolling wall of Ia Ensterä's set and Yury Urnov's direction, and the performances, kicked off with sublime mime from Robert Matney, were to die for. 2) Refugia (UT Dept. of Theatre & Dance)..."
"...Iden Payne Awards Council Monday. When the theatre group announced the nominees for the 2016-17 season, Doctuh Mistuh Productions' staging of Nevermore: The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe received 11 nominations...."
"...1) 'BOBRAUSCHENBERGAMERICA' (MARY MOODY NORTHEN THEATRE) Modern art's master of collage celebrated in a theatrical mash-up of chicken jokes, picnics, pingpong ball cloudbursts, lovers' spats, boot-scootin' Whitmanesque rhapsodies, and more. As offbeat, vibrant, and eager to see wonder in the mundane as Rauschenberg's work, this boisterous joyride was so exhilarating that when it ended, I wanted it to start all over again...."
"...1) 'SLIP RIVER' (UT Dept. of Theatre & Dance/Cohen New Works Festival) Spiriting its audience beneath the Payne Theatre, past clotheslines and through butcher-paper forests, feeding it cornbread muffins, and leaving it onstage in a festive dance party, this exhilaratingly theatrical mash-up of 19th century novels and modern pop – its orphan hero chases freedom along an "underground railroad" run by Beyoncé! – packed more imagination, adventure, and wit into half an hour than most plays do in three times that...."
"...The Austin Theatre Critics Table have announced nominations for their fifth annual awards for achievement in theatre. The participating critics -- Michael Barnes, Jamie Smith, and Anna Hanks, Austin American-Statesman; John Bustin, West Austin News; David Mark Cohen, Texas Triangle; Jerry Conn, Westlake Picayune; and Robert Faires and Adrienne Martini, Austin Chronicle -- honored work produced on Austin stages during the period May 1996-April 1997..."
"...(And if you've missed sampling them so far, you have two more opportunities over the next two Wednesdays: encore performances of The Barber of Seville at 7pm July 29 and The Magic Flute at 7pm Aug. 5, both at the Regal Metropolitan 14.) And just last month, England's National Theatre launched a similar series with screenings of its current production of Phèdre starring Helen Mirren..."
"...According to ARE Artistic Director David Justin, that wasn't always the plan. Initially, the company was just looking for an alternative to its home space, the University of Texas' McCullough Theatre, which was unavailable due to this month's grand reopening of Bass Concert Hall next door..."
"...brightest theatrical talents leave us: meticulous director Mark Ramont, who left town after two years as Capitol City Playhouse's artistic director; the imaginative, physically daring young company Troupe Texas, which dissolved after only a few brief seasons; the beloved performing space Chicago House, which moved from its longtime home at 607 Trinity; theatre artists Norman Miller and TJ Gaudette, who passed away after making many, but in the end too few, contributions to our art...."