Performance: Shadow and Flame

Saturday, April 24 @ 6:00 pm CST
Monday, April 26 @ 6:00 pm CST

Choreographer: Elizabeth Shea
Performers: Alexa Belanger, Eleanor Casale, Kasey Cassle, Abigail Gerdes, Savanna Grady, Frances Heintzelman, Abby Jones, Savannah Lewis, Claire Longest, Madison Mora, Anne Petro, Audrey Surina, Cody Watson, Samantha Winter
Soundscore: Vespers for Violin, by Missy Mazzoli; sorrows, written and performed by Lucille Clifton; That Same Entity/Hypnagogic Hallucinations, by Jonathan Snipes and William Hutson
Lighting Designer: Corey Goulden-Naitove
Costume Designer: Jason Orlenko
Video Editor: Saddam Al-Zubaidi

Artist’s Statement: This is a time of unprecedented hardship for our global community; the dual pandemics of Covid-19 and systemic violence perpetrated against Black bodies have brought us to our knees. Socially isolated, and bracing from trauma, we are disembodied, distanced, and hungry for change. In search of healing, understanding, and a way forward, Shadow and Flame was created under extraordinary circumstances. We learned new ways to create and collaborate, to invent vocabularies in bedrooms and kitchens, to communicate through small squares on a screen, to slap away mosquitoes when working outside and to play and laugh and celebrate our humanity in the face of crises. We read, researched, discussed, devised, and lifted up our collective voices for awareness and change. Art, the very reflection of a society at any given moment in time, finds a way.


Her work reviewed as “a remarkable contemporary dance display,” Elizabeth Shea’s choreography has been produced by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and presented at numerous festivals across the USA, as well as in Australia, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and China.  Liz recently won Sharp Dance Company’s inaugural choreography competition and has been a guest artist for many professional companies and universities. Liz teaches her self-developed somatic practice, SomaLab®, and choreographic methods and mentorship at workshops in the USA and abroad, most recently at the Royal Academy of Dance in London, and Dance Italia, in Lucca, Italy. Liz has worked extensively in new media and film; her recent work Breath|Light|Stone, has been an official selection at film festivals internationally and won several awards, including Best Choreography for the Lens, Best Dance Film, Best Ensemble, and Best Cinematography.  Liz serves as Director of Contemporary Dance at Indiana University.

Shadow and Flame, choreography by Elizabeth Shea. Courtesy photo.

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