The Humanities Project

Mo(or)town/Redux: February 6-8, 2015


From Feb. 6-8, Doug Elkins Choreography, Etc. will visit UR and present the contemporary dance work Mo(or)town/Redux, inspired by Shakespeare's Othello and José Limon's The Moore's Pavane, coupled with a panel discussion and master classes.
Feb. 6 Arrival, Technical Rehearsals begin in Spurrier for Mo(or)town/Redux
Feb. 7 Master class with Doug Elkins, Spurrier Dance Studio, UR River Campus, 1-3pm
Feb. 7 Dinner with interested faculty in Rochester, NY, 6pm
Feb. 8 Panel Discussion and Performance 3pm, Spurrier Dance Studio
Reception to Follow in AsIs Art Gallery, Sage Art Center

Doug Elkins, internationally renowned choreographer based in New Jersey (NYC tri-state area) who is also a professor at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, will come to University of Rochester with his dance company to present his New York Dance and Performance Award "Bessie"-nominated work Mo(or)town/Redux. This dance work is based on Shakespeare's Othello, with references to the historic Moor's Pavane choreographed by Jose Limon in 1949. The work has recently been performed in the most prestigious dance venues in the country including the Joyce Theater in New York City (January 2015) and Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in Massachusetts (August 2015) and it is an honor to host it at the UR campus. With the support of the Humanities Project, we will hold a formal Panel Discussion preceding the performance in Spurrier Dance Studio to situate the work historically in literature, dance, theatre, music and culture, and to provide a wide audience with a context for this urban-dance-influenced contemporary dance work set to Motown music. The panel will feature Doug Elkins, his collaborator and dramaturge Anne Davison, Program of Dance and Movement faculty member Anne Harris Wilcox, Eastman English Professor and Shakespeare scholar Jonathan Baldo, UR History professor Daniel Borus and UR Art and Art History Chair Joan Saab.

Doug Elkins will also offer a master class in his style of modern dance fused with urban dance as part of the inspireDANCE Festival (Feb. 5-10, 2015), open to UR student and community participants. One of his company members, Ephrat "Bounce" Asherie, a bgirl in New York City, will also offer a master class in hip hop. A dinner will also bring the collaborating faculty and departments together with these distinguished guest artists, as well as a post-performance reception that will also be open to students and audience members.

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Doug Elkins Choreography
Photo by: Christopher Duggan

Doug Elkins Choreography
Photo by: Christopher Duggan

Doug Elkins Choreography
Photo by: Jamie Kraus