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Dance Presents! (Virtual)

Join the Gonzaga Theatre & Dance Department on Saturday, November 14th, 2020 for our second annual Dance Presents! featuring original choreography by Kyle Davis, Principal Dancer with Pacific Northwest Ballet, and the Gonzaga Ballet Ensemble. Set to Variations on a Theme by Tchaikovsky, Op. 35a by Anton Arensky, Davis’ rich choreography features bold and contemporary movements highlighting the lines of the human body in motion. As Arensky’s score, inspired by Richard Henry Stoddard’s poem Roses and Thorns, merges with expressive movement, viewers will find themselves transported into the flower gardens of their childhood memories.
Prior to the Gonzaga Ballet Ensemble’s performance, Kyle Davis will premiere two original screendances and be joined by faculty member and Costume Designer, Leslie Stamoolis, to discuss their inspiration and the process behind taking a design from paper to stage.
You can watch the free livestream on YouTube.
Event Details:
Saturday, November 14th
7:30 – 8:30pm PST
Livestreamed from the Myrtle Woldson Performing Arts Center
This performance is FREE! Donations to our Dance Endowment are welcome:
Please visit - https://www.gonzaga.edu/.../theatre-dance/dance/support-us
About the Collaboration:
In January 2020 Gonzaga Dance hosted the Artistic Director of Pacific Northwest Ballet, Peter Boal, as he held regional auditions for PNB School’s Summer Intensive. At that time, he also taught a master class for Gonzaga dance students and began discussions of possible future collaborations with Program Director, Suzanne Ostersmith.
Boal introduced Suzanne to Principal Dancer Kyle Davis, and together they had many conversations to figure out what was possible. While faced with the challenge of the pandemic, both wanted to make the collaboration possible for the students. For a week in October Davis 'traveled' to Gonzaga via zoom to guest teach many classes and set a work on the Ballet Ensemble. The students are excited and honored to share this new dance work by this world class professional dancer.
About the Gonzaga Ballet Ensemble:
The Ballet Ensemble is composed of 12 dedicated dance students from a variety of majors and minors selected to represent Gonzaga Dance. These students have continued to develop their technique in preparation for this performance under the guidance of dance faculty members Pam Erickson and Sarah Glesk.
Fall Dance Day:
High school students interested in learning more about the Gonzaga Dance Program are invited to attend virtual dance classes, meet dance students and faculty, and learn more about our Dance Major + Minor before streaming Dance Presents! Please visit Fall Dance Day to learn more and register.


Past Events

Fall Family Weekend:

60 x 60 Dance Festival (Virtual)

Back by popular demand! Join the Gonzaga Theatre & Dance Department for our Second Annual 60x60 Dance Performance – a 60min Choreography Festival featuring sixty 60sec. performances choreographed and performed by Gonzaga students, faculty, and alumni. This year's virtual event will be livestreamed from the Myrtle Woldson Performing Arts Center and will include a mixture of live, socially distanced performances and pre-recorded screendances.

Friday, October 9, 2020 @ 6pm

10 Minute Play Festival (Virtual)

Join the Gonzaga Theatre & Dance Department for an evening of original works at our virtual 10 Minute Play Festival. Each hour-long performance will feature a new lineup of 10 minute plays written, directed, and performed by GU Students in our Fall playwriting, directing II, and acting I courses.

Friday, October 9, 2020 @ 7:30pm
Saturday, October 10, 2020 @ 7:30pm

Fall Dance Residency Showcase Performance with Dancing Earth (Virtual)

This showcase will featured the Gonzaga University Repertory Dance Company performing solos exploring the concepts of our identity and relation to the land at the intersection of Native American and contemporary dance and is a culmination of a week-long virtual residency with Dancing Earth Artistic Director, Rulan Tangen.

Livestreamed from the Myrtle Woldson Performing Arts Center

Saturday, September 26, 2020 @ 7:30pm

Student Directing I Showcase

Friday, May 1, 2020 @ 7:30pm
Magnuson Theatre, Gonzaga University

19th Annual Spring Dance Concert - Directed by Suzanne Ostersmith, Choreographed by Dance Faculty

Friday-Saturday, April 17 & 18, 2020 @ 7:30pm
Saturday, April 18, 2020 @ 2:00pm
Myrtle Woldson Performing Arts Center - Mainstage, Gonzaga University

Student Choreography Concert

Tuesday-Wednesday, April 7 & 8, 2020 @ 7:30pm
Magnuson Theatre, Gonzaga University

The Shape of Things - By Neil LaBute, Directed by Erin Sellers

The Shape of Things by Neil Labute, directed by Erin Sellers, asks us how for we would go for love, for art, and for passion. A modern romantic comedy with its roots in the biblical myth of Adam and Eve, The Shape of Things shows us a semester in the lives of four deeply connected individuals as naive college student Adam is pulled into a relationship with charismatic and seductive art major Evelyn. As their relationship heats up, the engagement of Adam’s friends Jenny and Phillip begins to crumble and their lives are forever changed. This show gives us a stark look into the consequences of human desire.
Rated R- for crude language, sexual content and near nudity

Thursday-Saturday, March 26-28, 2020 @ 7:30pm
Magnuson Theatre, Gonzaga University

American College Dance Association Northwest Conference (ACDA) - Dance As Service

The Gonzaga Dance program, in keeping with our university mission, offers a number of ‘dance as service’ programs. Dance for Parkinson’s and ZagDance provide a variety of community members access to this art form we all know and love. Our academic dance program rigorously trains students to become better artists, community members, and people. We hope our theme, Dance as Service, sparks new thoughts and discussions about what is possible with this interdisciplinary way of thinking about dance.

March 11-14, 2020
Gonzaga University, Spokane WA

Love Your Body Week

Join the Gonzaga University Dance Program and the Inland Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation in celebrating all of the amazing things our bodies can do during our Third Annual Love Your Body Week. This event runs February 10th - 15th and will include body-positive activities across campus.

Dancing at Lughnasa - By Brian Friel, Directed by Jack Delehanty

Brian Friel’s masterpiece and multi- award winning play, Dancing At Lughnasa, is considered by many to be one of our finest examples of Irish Theater. Perhaps it is because it so perfectly embodies the essence of the Irish soul and, at the same time, in a truly powerful way, reveals to us a universal hope in the future. It is often referred to as the greatest memory play since The Glass Menagerie. We travel with Michael as his memory takes us back to 1936 County Donegal where his mother and her four sisters struggle to balance a life of heartache and loss with moments of joy and hope. It is a play about women, strong, independent women yet, Like all great theater, Dancing At Lughnasa carries all of us aloft with music and dance and characters to a universal place where longings and loss are buoyed by simple joys and hope for the future.

Friday-Saturday, January 31 & February 1, 2020 @ 7:30pm
Sunday, February 2, 2020 @ 2pm
Friday-Saturday, February 7 & 8, 2020 @ 7:30pm
Sunday, February 9, 2020 @ 2pm
Myrtle Woldson Performing Arts Center - Mainstage, Gonzaga University

Peace Corps Project

Sunday, December 8, 2019 @ 2pm
Magnuson Theatre, Gonzaga University

Boundless Dance Club - Snowflake Showcase

Monday, December 2, 2019 @ 7pm
Magnuson Theatre, Gonzaga University

Dance Presents! Khambatta Dance Company and Forthun + Rome Dance Theatre

Join the Gonzaga Theatre & Dance Department for Dance Presents! featuring Khambatta Dance Company and Forthun+Rome Dance Theater with the 2019/2020 Gonzaga University Repertory Dance Company.

Saturday, November 23, 2019 @ 7:30pm
Myrtle Woldson Performing Arts Center - Mainstage, Gonzaga University

Contemporary Partnering/Contact Improv Workshop with Khambatta Dance Company and Forthun + Rome Dance Theatre

Date: Wednesday, November 20th
Time: 7-9PM
Open to the Spokane Dance Community

Small Company Arts Administration Workshop with Cyrus Khambatta

Learn from Cyrus Khambatta about his administrative journey with his dance company and as founder of the Seattle International Dance Festival.  Followed by discussion, workshopping ideas, and Q & A.

Date: Friday, November 22nd
Location: Theatre & Dance Studios #103

Romeo ∞ Juliet - By William Shakespeare, Directed by Charles M Pepiton

Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet is one of the most enduring plays in the English language, but what do we know about it? What do we remember? Why bring the lovers back? Romeo and Juliet die, but the play is not about their death. They love, but the play is not about their passion. If it were about either of these, we might not be told the entire plot in the first 14 lines of the play. Romeo ∞ Juliet is about the transformative power of a choice, despite all evidence and warnings to the contrary, to fully connect with another, that simultaneously selfish and selfless act wherein strength is found in weakness. This new adaptation, using Shakespeare’s original text, is about how such an event can be two very contradictory yet simultaneous moments. Juliet lives as she dies. She heals as she kills. What if we were to allow this dawn song to shift itself back into phase?

Rated PG

Friday-Saturday, November 1 & 2, 2019 @ 7:30pm
Sunday, November 3, 2019 @ 2pm
Friday-Saturday, November 8 & 9, 2019 @ 7:30pm
Sunday, November 10, 2019 @ 2pm
Myrtle Woldson Performing Arts Center - Mainstage, Gonzaga University

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