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Once Vacant: Bodies in Motion...Still. October 17, 2020

ONCE VACANT: BODIES IN MOTION...STILL

presented by the UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY DEPARTMENT OF THEATRE AND DANCE

CHOREOGRAPHERS

Theresa Bautista

Stephanie Harris

Susie Thiel

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Susie Thiel

LIGHTING DESIGNER

Heather L. Brown

COSTUME DESIGNER

Tracy Ward

STAGE MANAGER

Kristen Karem

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR/PRODUCTION MANAGER

Zachary Stribling

PRODUCER

Tony Hardin

This has been a new and unique experience from the audition, from rehearsal process to the performance for our UK dancers, choreographers, and technical directors. Auditions for Once Vacant were conducted through Zoom, rehearsals were held on Zoom and in parking lots, costume fittings were socially distanced using photography to note alterations; while maintaining all CDC and UK Covid-19 safety protocols to continue to bring live dance to our community.

Please turn vehicle off once parked and wait after the performance to be dismissed. To hear the music for this performance, tune your radio to 88.7 FM.

PROGRAM

EXTRA SMALL LIVING...IN THIS NOT SO LARGE WORLD

Choreography by Theresa Bautista

Music: Richard D. James, Ruglen Holon (Warp), Klein, Claim It (ijn inc), Richard D. James, Jynweythek (Warp)

Costume Designer: Tracy Ward Barber

Music Editor: Theresa Bautista

Performers: MARY CAITE BRIGGS, CAROLINE GERWIG, BREANNA HAGAN, GENESIS LORJUSTE, EMMA LUCAS, KATIE SIMON, SYLVANNAH REGALADO, KATE WALKER

Understudy: TARA-LYNNE SKINNER

EXCAVATE

Choreography by Susie Thiel in collaboration with the dancers and Willow Raleigh

Music: Symphony No. 2 (Under the Trees’ Voices”: I. Adagio, Under the Tree’s Voices- Live, Ezio Bosso, Orchestra Filarmonica ‘900 teatro Regio di Torino

Costume Designer: Tracy Ward Barber

Performers: CAITLIN ESPINUEVA, KELSEY HUTCHISON, SYLVANNAH REGALADO, ANNA RONKAINEN, EMILY RUCKER, HALEY SHAVER, VANESSA SPRING, MAKAYLA THOMAS

YIELDING TO ENTROPY

Choreography by Stephanie Harris

Rehearsal Director: Tara Lynn Skinner

Music: Sigur Rós, Varòedur (Parlophone), Sigur Rós, Valtari (Parlophone), Frakkur, Ammaelisstrákur (Krunk)

Costume Designer: Tracy Ward Barber

Lighting Designer: Heather L. Brown

Music Director: Stephanie Harris

Dramaturg: Tara Lynn Skinner

Performers: CHLOE CARDINALE, ELIZABETH CROGHAN, CAROLINE GERWIG, REAGAN HAMILTON, KELSEY HUTCHISON, GENESIS LORJUSTE, EMMA LUCAS, ABIGAIL MOORE, ANNA RONKAINEN, MAKAYLA THOMAS

In chaos there is freedom...

WELCOME!

Hello and welcome to our Relevant Creativity Series! The performances and projects of this series reflect our shared experiences in these twin pandemics of COVID-19 and systemic racism. They showcase our collective humanity. Thank you for joining us in-person and virtually as we celebrate and educate the next generation of theatre and dance artists!

Our series begins with Once Vacant: Bodies in Motion…Still. The three choreographers transform an empty parking lot into a performance space highlighting the power of dance to advance political, social and cultural discussions. Next in line, (in)Visible 3.12, the first in a series of installations concerning the use of time, space, and people during these pandemics. The Social Action Theatre troupe, ASAP is creating multiple works, the first being Black Lives Scripted. Caridad Svich’s Better Maybe, part of the Play at Home project, was written “specifically for this moment of unprecedented isolation to inspire joy and connection for all.” Everybody, Branden Jacobs Jenkins modern adaptation of the medieval morality play Everyman explores what it means to be human. The Fall portion of the series will end with staged readings of student works from Dramatic Writing: Fundamentals and Dramatic Writing: Screenwriting. Direct your browser to our website for details on how to experience these events in the months of October and November.

I am thankful for our donors who provide support for education abroad, guest artists, scholarships, and more. Finally, thank you for being present; supporting our students in all of their academic and creative endeavors.

Please, lean in, engage, and enjoy the show!

Tony Hardin, Chair, UK Department of Theatre & Dance

All ticket proceeds from "Once Vacant" performances will to go the University of Kentucky Big Blue Pantry resource to help combat the affects of food insecurity among UK students.

ARTIST BIOS

THERESA BAUTISTA, CHOREOGRAPHER

Theresa Bautista has been hailed by the Louisville Courier Journal as “a delight to watch” and “mesmerizing” on stage by Louisville Arts Review. A dancer, choreographer and educator based in Louisville, KY, she earned her B.S. in Biology from Indiana University. Theresa has performed with ICONography Dance, The Susie Thiel Collaborative, Brown Dance Projects, Anna Sapozhnikov’s MOYAMO DANCE, Gordon Dance Projects, Rachel James, jan street dance theatre, and Art! Art! Barking Dog Dance Company. She is the recipient of the FY21 Al Smith Fellowship in Choreography and a 2019 Hadley Creative. In addition to being the Founder and Co-Artistic Director of Moving Collective, she created works for the Louisville Ballet Youth Ensemble, School for the Creative and Performing Arts, Youth Performing Arts School, University of Kentucky’s Department of Theatre and Dance, Cincinnati’s Area Choreographer’s Festival, Centre College, Moving Collective, the Berea College Modern Dance Troupe, University of Louisville Dance Theatre, The Center for Women and Families, Empujon, Bluegrass Youth Ballet, and University of Kentucky Dance Ensemble. In 2019, Theresa presented Santa Ana at the Southeast Regional Ballet Association Dance Festival, Listen to This, co-choreographed with Lauren Frederick, at the National High School Dance Festival, and received Gala honors for Inalienable Wrongs at the ACDA South Festival. Described as “a petite powerhouse” on stage by artintercepts.org, she performs regularly in regional dance festivals. Theresa teaches for the UK’s Department of Theatre and Dance, Louisville Ballet School, and Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts.

Many thanks to the College of Fine Arts and the Department of Theatre and Dance who made dancing and performing for an audience possible during COVID times.

STEPHANIE HARRIS, CHOREOGRAPHER

Stephanie Harris is a dance artist, educator and choreographer who currently serves as a Lecturer in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Kentucky. Harris received her MFA from Hollins University and her undergraduate performance degree from Kent State University.

Her choreography and curriculum is informed by the exchange of ideas that occur through interdisciplinary research. Her work is motivated and inspired by the translation of ideas across varied disciplines and the practice of locating those concepts within the body. Currently, her choreographed works are informed by quantum theory, ephemeral engagement, notions of materiality and embodied inquiry.

SUSIE THIEL, CHOREOGRAPHER, DIRECTOR

Susie Thiel is an Associate Professor of Dance and the Director of Dance at UK. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Choreography from the University of Michigan. Susie performed in NYC with several modern dance companies, including the New York Dance Collective, Genesis Dance Company, Sharon Fogarty Dance Theatre and the Impulse Initiative. Her work in concert dance, musical theatre and theatre has been presented at a variety of venues including, the University of Kentucky in Theatre, Dance and Opera Theatre productions, Green Space Studio (NYC), three seasons at the Seagle Music Colony (NY), The American College Dance Festival (GA, AR, MS, OH), the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) conference in Miami, The Moving Collective (KY), The Cincinnati Fringe Festival (OH), Anne Bogart’s Barn (NY), the Detroit Dance City Festival (MI), Inner Mongolia Arts College (China), the Hainan Normal University (China) Kentucky’s Governor’s School for the Arts and most recently in The Days of ’98 Show, With Soapy Smith (AK). Susie received the University of Kentucky’s 2016 Provost’s Outstanding Teaching Award and the College of Fine Arts 2020 Service Award.

MARY CAITE BRIGGS, DANCER

Mary Caite is a junior dance major with a certficate in distillation, wine, and brewing studies. This is Mary Caite’s first production with the UK Department of Theatre & Dance. She would like to thank her family and all the people who have watched her dance over the years.

CHLOE CARDINALE, DANCER

Chloe is a junior dance major with a minor in Russian studies. Previous training includes Natasha Girshov, the JKO School at American Ballet Theatre, and Open World Dance Foundation with distinguished teachers such as Irina Kolpakova, Elena Sherstneva, and Ekaterina Schelkanova. Performance credits include American Ballet Theatre’s “The Nutcracker”, OWDF’s “Cinderella” with Misty Copeland, and Kate Cox’s “Common Essence.” Chloe would like to thank her parents, for always giving her unconditional love and support, Alina and Erin for being the best roommates and letting her take over the living room to dance, her loyal and loving NJ friends, Stephanie, Theresa, and Susie for giving her a second chance at dance, and the most magnificent creator and giver, God.

ELIZABETH CROGHAN, DANCER

Elizabeth is a sophomore theatre major and dance minor. She was an assistant stage manager in Amplified Dance Concert at the UK Department of Theatre & Dance. Elizabeth would like to thank her family and friends for their support, and the Department for continuing to make performance possible in these difficult times.

CAITLIN ESPINUEVA, DANCER

Caitlin is a junior dance major on a pre-physical therapy track. She was a dancer in UK Department of Theatre & Dance’s Louder than Words Dance Concert (2019), UK Department of Theatre & Dance’s Amplified Dance Concert (2020), and Distilled Theatre Company’s production of Into the Woods (2020). Caitlin would like to thank her family and friends for continually supporting everything she does, and to Harry Styles for being an inspiration. Treat People With Kindness.

CAROLINE GERWIG, DANCER

Caroline is a senior mining engineering and dance major. She was a dancer in Accelerate (2018); dancer and choreographer in Materialized (2019); dancer in the UK Choristers concert (2019); dancer in Amplified (2020). She would like to thank the Department of Theatre & Dance for the work they are doing to keep dancing and performing. When everyone is pushed into tight corners, it is creativity and flexibility that helps us find new paths.

BREANNA HAGAN, DANCER

Breanna is a senior biology and dance major with a minor in interdisciplinary arts. This is Breanna’s first performance post-high school. She would like to thank her parents for always supporting her and would also like to thank Theresa, Stephanie, and Susie for encouraging her to pursue her dance studies further.

REAGAN HAMILTON, DANCER

Reagan is a freshman dance and biology major. This is Reagan’s debut in the dance department at the University of Kentucky. Reagan would like to thank her family and friends for always supporting her dreams. She would also like to thank the Theatre & Dance Department for making this her new home. She would like to thank everyone for coming tonight and continuing to support the arts during these uncertain times.

KELSEY HUTCHISON, DANCER

Kelsey is a junior arts administration and dance major. Previous credits include ‘42nd Street’ and ‘Mary Poppins’ at the Lexington Theatre Company. Kelsey would like to thank her mom and dad for always encouraging her and supporting her in her artistic endeavors. She would also like to thank her roommate/best friend Makayla for being by her side during anything she may go through. Lastly, she would like to thank all her choreographers/professors here at the university for pushing her to be her best and for providing her with the opportunity to dance during this very difficult time.

KRISTEN KAREM, STAGE MANAGER

Kristen was a senior theater and English major. She was a stage manager for Machinal at the UK Department of Theatre & Dance, and assistant stage manager for Shrek the Musical, Peter and the Starcatcher, The Drunken City, and Henry V, all at the UK Department of Theatre & Dance. Kristen would like to thank her roommates for being the best quarantine buddies one could ask for as well as her friends and family for supporting and loving her, and Christopher for his unconditional support.

GENESIS LORJUSTE, DANCER

Genesis Lorjuste is a senior studying Dance and Integrated Strategic Communication. She graduated from North Cobb High School where she was captain of the dance team, a track athlete, and in advanced women’s chorus. She started dancing at a studio when she was five years old and continued to excel to be on the competition team when she was 11 years old.

Genesis has always also had an interest in musical theatre, and she participated in many musicals starting in sixth grade. She made her college dance debut in the University of Kentucky Opera Theatre’s production of Showboat as a featured dancer. Since then she has been in the past two dance concerts at UK, Louder Than Words and Amplified. After graduation she intends to get her Masters of Arts in teaching physical education and dance movement therapy. She wants to thank Stephanie Harris and Theresa Bautista for giving her the opportunity to perform at UK one last time; she wants to thank the UK Department of Theatre & Dance for all of the skills she learned throughout her college experiences. Additionally, she wants to thank her family and friends who travel from out of state to see her perform and support the UK Dance program.

EMMA LUCAS, DANCER

Emma is a senior arts administration and communications major and a dance minor. Credits include Amplified (2020), Louder than Words (2019), and Accelerate (2018) dance concerts with the UK Department of Theatre & Dance. Emma performed in Susie Thiel’s “In the Pursuit of...?” at the 2018 American College Dance Association Conference in Athens, OH. Additionally, Emma has traveled to New York City and Lorton, VA, to perform in Anthony Alterio’s “Road of Excess: Full Blown.” She is a 2016 Dance Alumna of The Governor’s School for the Arts, a program of Kentucky Performing Arts. Emma would like to thank her friends in the dance department for all the laughter and love they’ve shown her. She would like to thank her teacher and choreographers, past and present, for always pushing her to be the best she can be. She would like to especially thank Theresa Bautista, Stephanie Harris, and Susie Thiel for all they have taught her over the past four years. Finally, she would like to thank her family for their constant love and support.

ABIGAIL MOORE, DANCER

Abigail is a senior mechanical engineering, music performance, and dance student. Previous credits include a dancer in Amplified Dance Concert, performer for Disney Parks Live Entertainment. Abigail would like to thank all of her teachers, previous and current, who continue to challenge her every day.

WILLOW RALEIGH, DANCER

Willow is a junior anthropology and dance major. This is her first production at UK. She would like to thank her mom and dad for always supporting her in her dance career. She would also like to especially thank her wonderful fiancé for being her biggest fan and supporting her passion. Lastly, she would like to thank Susie and the entire department for helping her grow so much as not only a dancer but a person and artist.

SYLVANNAH REGALADO, DANCER

Sylvannah is a junior dance major on the pre-pharmacy track. Previous credits include Amplified – Dancer Choreographer – UK Dance 2020; Into the Woods – Featured Dancer – Distilled Theatre 2020; Who Holds the Devil – Afterculture Theatre 2020; Cabaret – Frenchie – UK Theatre 2019; Broadway Under the Stars – Featured Dancer – Distilled Theatre 2019, 2020

Sylvannah would like to thank her family – Papa, Mama, RJR, JV, Gabie, Alex; Caitlin and Jules; Ronald Wilbur; Her cast/crew members; UK Theatre & Dance Program; Woodland Ave Family; Jonathan; Tita Cielo.

ANNA RONKAINEN, DANCER

Anna is a sophomore in dance and middle level education. She was a dancer in Finding the Common Essence Gaines Senior Thesis Presentation and an understudy in Amplified Dance Concert.

EMILY RUCKER, DANCER

Emily is a senior dance and psychology double major at UK. She previously danced at the Lexington Ballet under the direction of Luis and Nancy Dominquez, where she eventually became a student trainee with the company and performed roles such as the Spanish soloist, Arabian Soloist, and Dew Drop in The Nutcracker, the Prayer variation in Coppelia, the Dying Deer solo in Snow White, and a soloist variation in Paquita. At UK, she performed in Theresa Bautista’s Inalienable Wrongs in the Accelerate Dance Concert, in Susie Thiel’s Beyond The Breach in the Louder Than Words Dance Concert, and Jade Bloshuk’s Centerfold in the Amplified Dance Concert. She also traveled to the University of Mississippi to perform in both the formal and informal dance concerts at the 2019 ACDA southeast conference where Inalienable Wrongs was chosen as one of the 10 pieces to be performed at the final concert. She is thankful for her professors, family, and friends for their continued support, and is both sad and excited to perform in her last dance concert with the University of Kentucky!

Emily would like to thank her professors, family, and friends for their continued support. She would like to especially thank her mom Melissa Rucker, dad Ed Rucker, sister Katy Rucker, and Vincent Cassone. She’d also like to thank Susie Thiel for giving her so many opportunities to dance and thrive.

HALEY SHAVER, DANCER

Haley is a freshman dance and chemistry double major. She would like to thank Amy Mowbray, for allowing her to major in her passion, her parents for their undying support, the amazing faculty at UK Theatre & Dance, for being the most supportive and caring people, and the rest of the dancers for being such positive influences on her life.

KATIE SIMON, DANCER

Katie is a senior biology and dance major. This is her third performance with the dance concert. She was invited to perform “Fully Blown,” a piece by Anthony Alterio, at the 8 Dances showing in New York City as well as in Detroit.Katie has been the choreographer for her sorority in the dance competition “Greek Sing” for two years. Katie would like to thank her family, friends, and teachers for their endless support.

TARA-LYNNE SKINNER, UNDERSTUDY & DRAMATURG

Tara-Lynne is a senior dance major with a minor in theatre. She is also earning her certificate in musical theatre. She was a dancer in Amplified, Louder Than Words, and Accelerate at the UK Department of Theatre & Dance; Helga in Cabaret at the UK Department of Theatre & Dance; Little Red/Dance Captain in Shrek at the UK Department of Theatre & Dance; Manson Trio/Ensemble in Pippin at the Warsaw Federal Incline Theatre; Singer/Dancer at Coney Island (OH) Tara-Lynne is grateful for the fantastic UK CFA faculty who have inspired her and taught her so much. She would like to thank all of her friends and DZ sisters for putting up with her non-stop singing and dancing. And to her biggest fans, her mom, dad, sister, and dogs, all of her love and gratitude for your never ending support and encouragement.

VANESSA SPRING, DANCER

Vanessa is a junior biosystems engineering major and dance minor. Vanessa has enjoyed dancing her whole life and feels lucky to continue dancing through college during these strange times. Taking technique classes at UK and performing in last year’s dance concert has kept her passion for dance going. Vanessa would like to thank all of the UK staff for making everything possible and working through numerous difficulties. She would also like to thank her family for their constant support and encouragement!

MAKAYLA THOMAS, DANCER

Makayla is a sophomore English and art studio double major with a dance minor. She was a dancer in the Amplified Dance Concert with the University of Kentucky’s Department of Theatre and Dance. Makayla would like to thank her family for their constant love and support, as well as her close friends, Kelsey and Taylor, for always being there for her no matter the circumstance. She would especially like to thank Susie Thiel and Stephanie Harris for involving her in these beautiful pieces that push the boundaries of dance through conceptual meaning and bring the light of art to the world during the darkest times.

KATE WALKER, DANCER

Kate Walker is a freshman dance major and a graduate of Lafayette High School and SCAPA. She has trained in dance since the age of four. Kate is a 2019 Alumni of the Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts. This will be Kate’s first mainstage performance with the UK Department of Theatre and Dance. Kate would like to thank the UK Department of Theatre and Dance faculty for the opportunity and encouragement. Kate would like to thank her family and friends for endless love and support.

CREATIVE TEAM

Artistic Director: Susie Thiel

Choreographers: Theresa Bautista, Stephanie Harris, Susie Thiel

Stage Manager: Kristen Karem

Costume Designer: Tracy Barber

Audio Engineer: Heather Brown

Costume Storage Supervisor: Andrea Richardson

Lead Draper/Principal Dyer: Teka England

Photographer: Mark Cornelison

Videography: UK Production Services

Video Director & Editor: Matthew Gibson

CREW

Run Crew: Tyrah Brumback, Meredith Hinkle, Jack Jackson, Isabela Moore, Jace White

Costume Shop Assistants: Ashley Siler, Taylor Nevins

House Manager: Melanie Turner

Audio Engineer Assistants: Adam Schoedinger, Jadin Gazo

Rehearsals for "Once Vacant"

DEPARTMENT OF THEATRE & DANCE

FACULTY

Mark Shanda, Dean, College of Fine Arts

Tony Hardin, Chair, Associate Professor Scenic and Lighting Design

Yoon Bae, Assistant Professor Scenic Design

Tracy Ward Barber, Senior Lecturer, Costume Shop Director

Heather Brown, Visiting Lecturer Lighting & Sound Design

Kristen Cerelli, Assistant Professor Acting

Herman Daniel Farrell III, Professor Playwriting & History

Nelson Fields, Professor Costume Design, Director of Undergraduate Studies

Stephanie Harris, Lecturer Dance

Nancy C. Jones, Professor Acting, Directing, Director Musical Theatre Certificate

Christina Ritter, Senior Lecturer Theatre

Peter Allen Stone, Assistant Professor Acting

Zachary Stribling, Senior Lecturer, Technical Director, Production Manager

Susie Thiel, Associate Professor Dance, Director of Dance

Stephen Wrentmore, Lecturer Theatre and Directing

PART-TIME FACULTY

Theresa Bautista, EveMarie Bessenbach, Patrick Garr, Mary Joy Nelson

STAFF

Teka England, Cutter/Draper

Andrea Richardson, Costume Shop Assistant

Melanie L. Turner, Administrative Assistant, House Manager

EMERITUS FACULTY

Robert Haven, Russell Henderson, John Holloway, Geraldine Maschio, James W. Rodgers, Rhoda-Gale Pollack

Credits:

Concert photo by Mark Cornelison. Additional images by Adrien Olichon, Martin Sanchez, Keagan Henman, and Nicholas Mazzaccaro