Meet the cast of JuCoby Johnson’s exciting new play …but you could’ve held my hand, which utilizes a blend of different artistic mediums to explore a range of complex themes. Directed by Braxton Rae, this unique production focuses on four friends who meet as children. Little do they know, they will become the center of each other’s lives for decades to come. Jumping through time, we see these people only during important life moments such as prom, funerals, weddings, anniversaries and even divorces. …but you could’ve held my hand uses dance, music and poetry to explore sexuality, gender, race, love and blackness in a beautiful meditation on how love manifests in our lives as we experience life’s ups and downs.
Though Caryl Churchill’s Love and Information premiered nearly 10 years ago, the fluid nature of her play makes it just as relevant – and perhaps even more so – in today’s technologically expanding world. In transferring Churchill’s network of seemingly unrelated scenes to the Oscar G. Brockett Theatre, the production team has spent weeks devising, discussing and mobilizing her text. Director Mike Steele and dramaturg/movement director Molly Roy dig deeper, discussing the team’s interpretation of Churchill’s work and the movement, design and theatrical elements that bring lift to the technological underpinnings of the play.
PIVOT, Dance Repertory Theatre’s spring 2022 performance, combines choreographic works by both faculty and graduate students, meditating on the many interpretations of the word “pivot.” These choreographers infused their work with various dance forms, creating a well-rounded collection of performances that span ballet, contemporary, House, tap, hip-hop and body percussion, all performed by undergraduate dancers. To get a better idea of what audiences can expect, we spoke with each choreographer about the unique themes and dance styles that are incorporated into their work.