Flatlands Dance Theatre’s Kickstarter Campaign 2014

FDT Trio 2014We are ever so grateful to the Lubbock community for surrounding us with a tremendous amount of support… without which, we would not be where we are today. We are excited to bring you our 2014-2015 season of dance in celebration of our fifth anniversary as a company. This Kickstarter campaign recognizes that Flatlands Dance Theatre’s dancers deserve not only admiration for their artistry and talent, but also financial consideration. We seek your help in ensuring that company members for the 2014-2015 season can be guaranteed a stipend in return for their dedication and commitment. Though this fee cannot possibly “reimburse” company members for their lifelong effort and joyful creativity, it can serve as a recognition that what dancers provide us is precisely a beautiful product of those endless hours, and that we recognize and celebrate their human and unique individual contributions.

Sponsor a Dancer. Sponsor the arts in Lubbock. Please donate now.

To donate to our campaign, visit https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/flatlandsdance/flatlands-dance-theatre-dancers-take-center-stage

The campaign runs through October 31st at 11:59pm.  If we do not reach our goal by this deadline, we will receive no funding.

Encore! The Best of Flatlands Dance Theatre, October 17-18 @ 8:00 pm in the Firehouse Theatre

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FDT Tour to Santa Fe, NM June 7, 2014!

PIHOSPIHOS A Moving Biography

Presented by Flatlands Dance Theatre

Saturday, June 7, 2014 at 8:00 pm

James A. Little Theatre at the New Mexico School for the Deaf

Santa Fe, NM

Flatlands Dance Theatre is honored to present PIHOS A Moving Biography, a documentary dance/film performance inspired by the incredible life of NFL Pro Football Hall of Famer Pete Pihos. The performance features contemporary dance, award-winning film, interviews with NFL greats, and above all, presents a poignant, inspirational story. Guest artist Melissa Pihos, the creator of the show will join FDT as a soloist in this performance that captures her father’s legacy. A silent auction of items signed by Pete Pihos and Mike Ditka will take place during the show to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association and Flatlands Dance Theatre. PIHOS A Moving Biography will be presented in the James A. Little Theatre at the New Mexico School for the Deaf on Saturday, June 7, 2014 at 8:00 pm. Admission is FREE. This show is sponsored in part by Texas Tech University. For more information, contact Artistic Director Ali Duffy at ali@flatlandsdance.org.

Company and Apprentice Audition – May 3rd 1-3 pm

WHAT: Flatlands Dance Theatre Company Member and Apprentice Audition

WHEN: Saturday, May 3rd from 1-3 pm

WHERE: TTU Creative Movement Studio 101

Looking for 2-3 experienced contemporary dancers to perform with the company in our 2014-2015 season as well as student apprentices to shadow company members and administrative staff, and possibly perform with the company. (If you are a current student, please audition for the Apprentice Company.)

You will learn and perform 2-3 short, contemporary movement phrases at the audition. We will also ask you to fill out some informational paperwork. Please bring your calendars in case you need to reference them for scheduling

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions you might have about the company, apprenticeships, or the audition process.

We hope to see you at the audition!

Ali Duffy, Artistic Director



CollideRedux%20poster%2012x18-2Flatlands Dance Theatre will inspire and entertain viewers with an innovative concert of collaborations between choreographers, dancers, musicians, visual artists, multimedia artists, and even circus artists. Collide: Redux will be presented in the Firehouse Theatre at the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts on Friday, April 25th and Saturday, April 26th, 2014 at 8:00 pm. Ticket prices include a $3 Select-a-seat surcharge, and are $20 general admission and $12 for students with ID and seniors. Tickets can be purchased online at www.selectaseatlubbock.com or by calling Select-A-Seat at (806) 770-2000.

Belong- Choreographer Valerie Komkov Hill and photographer Naomi Hill explore the human need for nurturing and acceptance through a mother/daughter relationship, and explore the yearning of loss and need for reconnection. Photographic images are used to enhance the sense of community and belonging, as well as the fear of isolation and rejection. Music by Sinead O’Connor and Alt-J is featured.

Please remove your shoes – Choreographer Emily Winton explores the idea of shoes “coming alive” and controlling the dancers’ movement with the inspiration of different music. The dancers move through space wearing a variety of shoes while making connections with each other and the shoes they wear. Emily collaborated with three musicians: Andy and Emily Wilkinson will play the banjo and the fiddle, and Connor Leggot composed an original song specifically for the piece with a Flamenco flair called Hommage a Turina.

Everything is Under Pressure – Choreographer Ali Duffy and composer Seth Warren-Crow devise a collaboration of dance and music using sculptor William Cannings’s inflated compressed metal sculptures as both the atmosphere and inspiration for the movement and sound. Both music and dance describe the visual and audible effects of the process of creating these sculptures that suspend over the dancers’ heads – compressed air on permanent materials such as aluminum and steel result in a paradox of heavy metal and light appearance.

Catherine, a solo created collaboratively by Suzanne Aker and Kyla Olson, explores the historic life and death of Saint Catherine of Alexandria. The solo, performed by Olson, is accompanied by a hauntingly beautiful choral work of French composer Francis Poulenc.

Daily Shuffle: Choreographers Kyla Olson and Sarah Mondle collaborate with videographer Matt Schlief and musician Joy Harris to explore music’s influence on our everyday lives. We shuffle our feet as we move through our days to the rhythm of life.

Courage to move. In this piece, the dancers delineate what is like to break out of metaphorical boxes in which we have all find ourselves in. Through the exploration of combining dance and the exciting world of circus aerial work, the performers are afforded the opportunity to break free from the box, so much so that the ground is no longer enough. The dancers take to the air, reaching higher, pushing harder to find themselves again. It is here we see that “Courage is not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.” Choreographer Molly Roberts and the dancers worked with Richard Oaxaca exploring ground work and release work as well as circus to prepare for this piece.

Nine Months – In this multimedia solo, choreographer Genevieve Durham DeCesaro and projection designer Matthew Schlief offer critical commentary on the expectations and realities of being pregnant. Using humor to infuse the images and movements, Durham DeCesaro invites the audience to experience some of the highlights of those nine, long months.

Nivedita is a tribute to the beloved Sister Nivedita also known as Margaret Noble. With original live music by Curtis Peoples and friends and choreography by Rachel Ure, this piece depicts one woman’s devotion to truth, service, and the education and elevation of the women of India.

For more information about the show, please contact Artistic Director Ali Duffy at ali@flatlandsdance.org.

FDT’s Family Togetherness through Dance Classes are back by popular demand!


Spend a morning dancing with Flatlands Dance Theatre.  

Play together as a family and bond as a community! 

All ages are welcome in this dance class created for families.  We will stretch, dance and play.  All movement is adaptable to your comfort level. Come help us prove that dance is for EVERYONE! Bring an open mind, an open heart and a child’s sense of play.


**To reserve a spot in this class, please email Kris Olson:  krisolson_@hotmail.com **

When:  Saturday, December 14th from 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Where:  TTU’s Creative Movement Lab, black box dance studio

Cost:  There is no set cost, but any donations are appreciated! Your donations will pay for the expertise and talent of the instructor, and will partly benefit Flatlands Dance Theatre.

Our Instructor:  Kris Olson will be leading this December dance session. Kris has taught hundreds of children the joy of music and dance throughout her 25 year teaching career.  When her own two sons were toddlers, she rented dance studio space in Minneapolis so the 3 of them could improvise and dance together. These are her favorite memories of their younger years and she wishes to share similar experiences with you.

PIHOS A Moving Biography November 8-9 at 8:00 in the Firehouse Theatre!


FDT Kickstarter Campaign is LIVE! Please support us this season!





PIHOS: A Moving Biography is coming to Lubbock November 8-9, 2013!

PIHOSPosterPIHOS  A Moving Biography,”  is a documentary dance/film performance that examines the life of Melissa Pihos’ father, Former All –Pro Philadelphia Eagles receiver and Pro Football Hall of Famer, Pete Pihos and his fight with Alzheimer’s disease. In the summer of 2012 the show toured to Charlotte and Winston-Salem, NC, Philadelphia, PA and New York City, NY as benefit events for the Alzheimer’s Association. These events are a way to raise financial support for the Alzheimer’s Association as well as create awareness of Alzheimer’s disease, the devastating disease that took the life of her father in August 2011. The performance heads to Lubbock, TX in November 2013 where it will be performed by Melissa Pihos along with Flatlands Dance Theatre, once again to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and find ways the community can intersect with Alzheimer’s through the arts.

Pihos’ multimedia production was created in March 2011. It explores the life of her father, Pete Pihos, who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1970 after his nine-year career playing with the Philadelphia Eagles. He was an All-American player at Indiana University and a veteran of World War II, where he fought on the front line. He was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2001 and could no longer communicate clearly.

Melissa Pihos studied her father’s life for the last five years and is now telling his story and creating awareness. In 2009, she created “Dear Dad,” an award-winning documentary which plays a significant role in the concert.  S. Cagney Gentry, filmmaker and the president of Red Balloon Films, Inc, has also created short films to enhance the visual experience.

Pihos moves through the life of her father, beginning with the murder of his father, Louis Pihos, when Pete was only 14-years-old, and the effects it had on his life and community.  She traveled to Orlando, Fla., to research the newspaper articles written during the weeks following the murder.

Profound images of war and combat training resonate throughout the performance as well as a number of football sequences, representing the time Pete Pihos spent fighting for his country as well as pursuing his successful career as an exceptional athlete. These intense scenes show off the physicality and masculinity of both war and sport and the grueling training involved for each.

The performance also includes a visualization of Pihos’ private life, in which he was married four times. Including audio from interviews with family members landscaped by Adam Donohue, the piece shows a sensitive side of the story, including the support from his family and his ex-wife Donna Pihos throughout his descent into Alzheimer’s disease.

Pihos also takes an abstract look at Alzheimer’s disease. In this piece, the dancers represent what happens when a normal functioning brain breaks down due to the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. The film projection that accompanies the Alzheimer’s explores the blurring line between clinical explanations of Alzheimer’s disease and the more visceral, abstracted visualization of memory loss. Repetition, shocks of noise, and shocks of imagery represent the last grasps at memories that are fading into obscurity.

Concluding the performance will be a screening of “Dear Dad,” Pihos’ award-winning short documentary film.  “The film explores the effects of Alzheimer’s by juxtaposing photos and footage of her father from his days as a player for the Philadelphia Eagles, during the late 1940s to mid-1950s, with images of him today. But it’s the relationship between Pihos and her father – illustrated through pictures and letters, most notably one written by her father after her parents’ divorce – that proved especially poignant for the filmmaker and her audiences.” (gotriad June, 2009).

Melissa Pihos will be performing short solos throughout the concert, layering her personal experiences with her father’s life.

The concert features film and video montages using video footage of interviews conducted by Melissa Pihos, archival WWII footage and football footage of Pete Pihos, along with images examining memory and the effect of Alzheimer’s on the brain. Among the people Pihos interviewed are Coach Mike Ditka, fellow teammate Al Wistert, Pihos’ neurologist Dr. John Porter, and Pat Summerall. The audience is introduced to the person Pete Pihos had become because of the complexities of Alzheimer’s disease and the amazing person he was before the disease. The truth of his illness is revealed along with what had become of their father/daughter relationship.

Shakespeare’d: An Evening of Dance & Sonnets May 3-4 at 8:00 @ LHUCA!

FlatlandsDance 12x18 PRINTFlatlands Dance Theatre has created an evocative, passionate concert inspired by Shakespearean love sonnets. Missouri-based guest artist Tricia Zweier, local artist Valerie Komkov Hill, and local dramaturg Karen Wurl have joined the company in the production of contemporary, dance/theatre interpretations of the beloved sonnets. Shakespeare’d will be presented in the Firehouse Theatre at the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts on Friday, May 3rd and Saturday, May 4th, 2013 at 8:00 pm. Ticket prices include a $3 Select-a-seat surcharge, and are $20 general admission and $12 for students with ID and seniors. Tickets can be purchased online at www.selectaseatlubbock.com or by calling Select-A-Seat at (806) 770-2000.

No. 8 – Choreographer Kyla Olson explores the theme of singlehood presented in the coinciding numbered sonnet from Shakespeare. Drawing inspiration from personal experience, she examines current trends in singlehood, marriage and family life and how those closely relate to the sonnet written centuries ago. In this quartet to Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons recomposed by musician Max Richter, Olson questions how much viewpoints have changed on traditional pathways in life and love.

Trace – Choreographer Ali Duffy reimagines Sonnet 15 as an episodic duet incorporating dance, personal interview narrative, and Shakespeare’s writings. Immortality, memory, infatuation, and perception are all explored in the work. It is thought that Shakespeare was interested in capturing moments of perfection in effort to immortalize his Muse. Thus, how can writing and language capture the essence of a living presence?

So Long Lives This…  Choreographer Sarah Mondle examines Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18 from the perspective of time and its passing. For all things “fair from fair” fade away, but the abstract: words and ideas will continue on. “Statues and tombs with age consume and die, ‘tis verse alone has immortality”-Ovid

Crumble – Choreographer Genevieve Durham DeCesaro uses Shakespeare’s Sonnet 74 in this exploration of perceptions of living and dying. The dancers move through states of evolution, breakdown, anxiety, relief, fear, and recovery as they investigate Shakespeare’s suggestion that the body’s death is insignificant compared to the everlasting nature of the human spirit. Durham DeCesaro challenges this idea with text and imagery designed to question the idea of an eternal spirit.

Stuck in Winter – Guest artist Tricia Zweier finds herself out of place and out of sync as she enters a stage bursting with summers optimism. Humorous and intimate, choreographer Rachel Ure’s Stuck in Winter explores the way that longing and loss can put one at juxtaposition with the world around them. (Inspired by Sonnet 97)

Duel – Inspired by William Shakespeare’s Sonnet 100, Nicole Wesley explores the struggle of artist’s block and the redemption of creative invention through her new work Duel. The clock is ticking… Where is that inspiration?  Do you have it?  If so, I want it back.

If looks could kill, I’m expecting your glance – Choreographer Tricia Zweier investigates the anxieties that emerge within the undercurrents of three quirky characters whose struggle for attention breaks rather than binds. (Inspired by Sonnet 139)

In Past Cure, choreographer, Valerie Komkov Hill explores the trajectory of a relationship through three phases: Infatuation, Love, and Betrayal, and reveals how the filter of passionate emotions can change the lover’s perception of the beloved. (Inspired by Sonnet 147)


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