UTD Announces 2004-2005 Theatre and Dance Season

RICHARDSON, Texas (July 16, 2004) -- The School of Arts & Humanities at UTD today announced its season of theatre and dance performances for the 2004–05 academic year.

The events will be held in the UTD University Theatre and will begin Sept. 17 and end April 17, 2005.

All theatrical performances will run two consecutive weekends, with a reception held on opening night. Friday and Saturday performances will begin at 8 p.m., and Sunday matinees will begin at 2:30 p.m. All dance performances will begin at 8 p.m. No late seating will be permitted at any of the events.

The 2004–2005 season of theatre and dance performances will mark the UTD debut of Thomas Riccio, Professor of Performance Studies and Artistic Director of Theatre. Riccio promises “a daring new season.”

The season will kick off Sept. 17-26 with Beta Test.2, a festival of original short works using performance, electronic music, video, animation and hybrid innovations.

The premiere of BExchanged, a dance-theater work about the conflict between India and Pakistan over Kashmir will follow on Oct. 1 and 2.

The premiere of Kartasi, a production written and directed by Riccio and developed this summer by graduate students from UTD’s new Institute of Interactive Arts & Technology, will run Nov. 5-14. The cross-disciplinary “cyber ritual” Kartasi will combine live performance with animation and digital game environments.

The 2004 –2005 season will continue UTD’s history of collaborating with professional artists.

Raphael Parry, artistic director of the Shakespeare Festival of Dallas and co-founder of the Undermain Theater, will direct a new interpretation of John Ford’s ’Tis a Pity She’s a WhoreFeb. 11-20.

The spring dance series, entitled Sprung ’05, will run March 4 and 5 and feature new choreography and a performance by New York City-based dancer/choreographer/actor Laurence Goldhuber, a former member of the B.T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and UTD’s M Project. The New York Times has written that Goldhuber, “famous for his 350-pound weight, turns everyday topics into charmingly unassuming, first-rate theater with a surprising edge of poignancy.”

And, to close the theatre season, Scott Osborne, artistic director of the Our Endeavors Theatre Collective, will guest direct a vibrant interpretation of Ionesco’s modern classic The Bald Soprano from April 8 to 17.

Additional information on each event is available on the UTD Arts & Humanities website: http://ah.utdallas.edu/. All programs are subject to change. UTD ticket office hours are from 2 to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and at the door one hour prior to show time. To purchase tickets using Visa, MasterCard or Discover during those hours or to make a reservation at other times, please call 972-883-2787.

For information about the many musical, arts, theatre, dance and other performances and exhibitions held throughout the year at UTD, please call 972-UTD-ARTS (972-883-2787), e-mail utdarts@utdallas.edu or visit the School of Arts and Humanities’ web site at http://ah.utdallas.edu/

Persons with disabilities needing special accommodations may call 972-883-2982, Texas Relay Operator: 1-800-RELAYVV.

About UTD

The University of Texas at Dallas, located at the convergence of Richardson, Plano and Dallas in the heart of the complex of major multinational technology corporations known as the Telecom Corridor®, enrolls more than 13,700 students. The school’s freshman class traditionally stands at the forefront of Texas state universities in terms of average SAT scores. The university offers a broad assortment of bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs. For additional information about UTD, please visit the university’s Web site at www.utdallas.edu.