University Dance Company’s spring show to explore deep themes this weekend

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A contemporary dance set to “playful, Parisian café music” will headline the University of Kansas Dance Company’s Spring Concert, featuring works that “examine the notion of insider/outsider.”

That piece, “Tessellations,” is choreographed by Gabrielle Lamb, a New York City-based Guggenheim Fellow, according to a news release from KU’s Department of Theatre and Dance.


The choreographers’ “modern/contemporary, hip-hop and ballet works explore the complexities of how the binary of inclusion and exclusion is constructed and the ways it shapes lives,” the release states.

In addition, “Ashley Brittingham, a KU lecturer in dance, will present ‘Behind Closed Doors,’ a contemporary ballet exploring invisible struggles dancers face, as well as fear and insecurity, set to music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,” according to the release.

Other works include “AT THE TABLE,” presented by Tristian Griffin; “The Red Shoes,” a hip-hop work presented by Maya Tillman-Rayton; and “An Encounter with Blackness,” a piece using Afro-Jamaican folk dance forms, by Webster McDonald. McDonald’s piece “examines one critical question: What happens when non-Black bodies are granted permission to embody an aspect of Blackness?” according to the release.

Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 25 and 26, and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 27 at Murphy Hall. Friday and Sunday performances will be available to view via livestream. Tickets to the in-person performances are available at, by calling 785-864-3982, or in person at the box office from noon to 5 p.m. weekdays or one hour prior to showtime.

Read more about the show and see a full list of cast members at this link.

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