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.
SPACE IS LIMITED!
**To reserve a spot in this class, please email Kris Olson: firstname.lastname@example.org **
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,” 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.
Flatlands 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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LOL: An Evening of Dance and Laughter from Flatlands Dance Theatre – November 2-3, 2012 at 8:00 pm!!!
Flatlands Dance Theatre will tickle your funny bone with an evening of rip roaring, side splitting good fun. LOL will be presented in the Firehouse Theatre at the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts on Friday, November 2nd and Saturday, November 3rd, 2012 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.
In What the Flock?, choreographer Valerie Komkov Hill explores the behavior associated with sheep, the mentality of the flock vs. the need to express one’s individuality, as well as the physical traits often observed in………..oh who are we kidding?!! It’s all about sight gags and cheap laughs at the dancers’ expense. Ewe can just think of it as a baaa–d dream’.
destination here - Inspired by real-life events, destination here, deals with midlife, marriage and motherhood. Choreographer Nicole Wesley creates an introspective look at life at 40 with reflections of pleasure, pain and regret.
LNO, choreographed by Kyla Olson, tells the story of five ladies going out on the town. You know these women – the mean girl, the teasing flirt, the quirky dancer, the sloppy drunk, and the shy, designated-driving wallflower. Using pop music as the score, Olson blends jazz, hip-hop, modern, and signature club dances to illustrate a fun night of shenanigans.
A Bull in a China Shop/The Elephant in the Room – Choreographer Ali Duffy explores social behavior and the performances inherent in day-to-day life in this quartet. Inspired by the vaudevillian physicality of Buster Keaton and the wacky charm of Lucille Ball, three distinct vignettes poke fun at the laughable ways women throughout history have been represented in performance.
Boogie Nightmares- Choreographer Sarah Mondle presents a look into the dreaming self, complete with folly and fantasy. The dance is a journey through a trio of dreams following one dreamer. Exploring the idea that dreams tie all human kind together, the dreamer experiences not only flights of fancy but also of fear.
M’ ungry - Audience members will squirm with nervous laughter as they witness the dead dancing in this duet by Rachel Ure. Though charmed by playful costuming, unexpected accompaniment, and quirky choreography, spectators will soon realize that they are the targets of an eerie appetite.
Maximum Security: A Cautionary Tale a quartet by Genevieve Durham DeCesaro fuses original narrative with both mimetic and abstract movement to create a facetious depiction of the ways in which women continue to be culturally stereotyped. No holds are barred as the performers confront themes of feminism, homosexuality, domesticity, and drug use in outrageous and hilarious solos, duets, and ensembles.
Playground Rules-Choreographer Sarah Mondle presents a fun, light-hearted dance that emphasizes friendship in its various stages. From childhood innocents to grown up goofballs, some connections are always young at heart.