KJ Sanchez is the guest director of Enchanted April, the debut performance of the UMD School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies.
We recently asked KJ some questions about the play and the UM students she’s directing.
Choreographer Liz Lerman and physicist Bill Dorland sat down together in the Dance Exchange studio in July for a wide-ranging conversation about our season opener, The Matter of Origins (Sept. 10 & 12) — where the project has taken them, what new ideas it has revealed and how it has affected their thinking about their own fields.
Each year, third-year students in the Dance MFA program present their thesis concerts. In October 2010, we present Lauren Withhart’s They are of threaded glass.
Withhart recently shared with us the meaning of her concert’s title and explained how she will use the performance space to give each audience member a unique experience.
This fall the Post-Classical Ensemble brings The Gershwin Project: Russian Gershwin to the Clarice Smith Center on September 24. Featuring Russian pianists Genadi Zagor and Vakhtang Kodanashvili, the program focuses on four pieces by the iconic American composer that straddle the worlds of classical, pop, jazz and folk music — Rhapsody in Blue, Three Preludes, Concerto in F and Cuban Overture.
Interdisciplinary exchange is vital to any creative endeavor. This concept took on new meaning in June 2006, when the Clarice Smith Center brought together established visiting choreographers Dana Reitz and Bebe Miller with Visiting Associate Professor Ronit Eisenbach from the School of Architecture, Planning, & Preservation.