On Stage

2020-2021 Season

The 2020-2021 Dance Season will be delivered as virtual performances. All productions will be filmed and released for viewing. The productions and the month in which each production can be viewed may be found below. Viewing access may be secured through our ticketing system free of charge with a recommended gift of $20 to UA Theatre and Dance. We will provide a specific link when each production is ready to be viewed. Thank you for your patience and continued support of UA Theatre and Dance.

Dancer in dim lighting
This photo was taken prior to the COVID-19 pandemic

The UA Dance program will host a virtual concert season for academic year 2020/2021 featuring faculty, guest artist, and student choreography created for and translated to the screen. This pivot will not only help us to follow University guidelines for safety but will also serve our pedagogical goal of training dance artists for the 21st Century.

The following vocabulary is meant to help describe the range of approaches that will be used in creating our virtual season. The A, B, C vocabulary below is meant to clarify without limiting possibilities.

Virtual Performance:  Any online event, live or recorded, curated and programmed in place of a live, in-person performance

A) Documentation:  The representation on screen of a work created for live performance.  This is often shot with a clear “front,” as if the viewer has an excellent seat in a theatre. This is an example of documentation.

B) Adaptation:  A work originally created for the stage altered for representation on screen.  These are often shot somewhere other than a stage and may be less frontal.  This is an example of an adaptation.

C) Screendance:  Dance art conceived for representation on screen.  A full and equal integration of choreographic and cinematic values. Term came into use in the early 2000’s – covers film, video, and any other media that will develop to represent dance on a screen.  Privileges the mode of delivery (screen) rather than the recording medium. This is an example of a screendance.

We envision our dance season this fall to consist of the following virtual performance formats:

Virtual ARDT:  B, C & hybrids
Virtual DA:  A, B, C & hybrids
Virtual MFA concert:  C & hybrids

Fall Performances

Alabama Repertory Dance Theatre

October 23, 2020

This concert is comprised of a collection of screendances produced by the esteemed dance faculty at UA.We hope you will be treated to a transformative visual experience that merges both performance and cinematic aesthetics, while capturing your imagination around the infinite possibilities of how movement may be presented. ARDT has garnered a reputation for a unique and graceful phenomenon. Viewing access may be secured through our ticketing system, free of charge with a recommended gift of $20 to UA Theatre and Dance. You will need to create an account in our ticketing system upon checkout you will receive a confirmation email from University Tickets containing the link to the concert.. The video will be available through this link starting at 7:30pm on October 23rd through November 13th.

Virtual Talk-Back: October 23rd  

We invite you to join us for both the talk-back and the virtual concert as we embark upon our first virtual performance of the Alabama Repertory Dance Theatre.  Participation is free. Register to receive the Zoom link by filling out this form. A link to the Zoom meeting will be sent an hour prior to the session.

The UA Department of Theatre and Dance will host a virtual talk-back for the Alabama Repertory Dance Theatre’s Fall Dance Concert. Join the production’s choreographers, directors, and composers prior to the premiere of the concert for an informal conversation about the creative process. This guided, casual and wide-ranging conversation will offer a look into the evening’s performance through the eyes of these creative artists.

At 7:00pm, the directors and choreographers will introduce their pieces, and then viewers will be directed to a link that will guide them to the premiere viewing of the concert. The talk-back about the pieces will follow the viewing of the concert at 8:15pm.

Dance Alabama!

November 13, 2020

A candid and courageous collection of choreographic works, Dance Alabama! comes to your screen with a captivating combination of styles ranging from contemporary to jazz by our talented student choreographers. Viewing access to Dance Alabama! can be secured through our ticketing system, ua.universitytickets.com, beginning Monday November 9th, free of charge with a recommended gift of $20 to UA Theatre and Dance. You will need to create an account in our ticketing system upon checkout and you will receive a confirmation email from University Tickets containing the link to the concert. The video will be available for viewing beginning on November 13th at 8:00am.

MFA Dance Concert

December 4, 2020

MFA Dance Concert, December 4, 2020

UA Theatre and Dance presents a collection of works choreographed by the inaugural class of candidates pursuing their Masters of Fine Arts in Dance. Viewing access can be secured beginning November 30th through our ticketing system, ua.universitytickets.com, free of charge with a recommended gift of $20 to UA Theatre and Dance. You will receive a confirmation email upon checkout from University Tickets containing the link to the concert. This concert will be available for viewing starting December 4th at 7:30pm.

MFA Dance Concert Virtual Talk Back December 4, 2020

The UA Department of Theatre and Dance will host a virtual talk-back for the MFA Dance Concert on December 4th at 8pm CST. Participation is free. Register to receive the Zoom link by filling out this form. A Zoom link will be sent an hour prior to the session. During the Talkback, the choreographers will talk about their process behind their pieces. Please make sure to register an hour prior to the session as registrations will close at 7pm CST.

Spring Performances

Leaping dancer wearing mask

Alabama Repertory Dance Theatre

March 2021

Alabama Repertory Dance Theatre is back with graceful performances choreographed by our nationally-acclaimed dance faculty. Join us on an eclectic and lively journey through motion.

Dance Alabama Film Festival

April 2021

Created to promote a collaboration between cinematography, music, dance and composition, the Dance Alabama Film Festival is a collection of short dance films created and choreographed by students.