FDT presents Wanderlust: Think Globally, Dance Locally, April 10-11 in the Firehouse Theatre!

Wanderlust%20Poster%20ArtFlatlands Dance Theatre is excited to present Wanderlust: Think Globally, Dance Locally, a dance concert in two acts that focuses on ideas such as travel, adventure, history, spirituality, and human connections. The performance features the choreography of guest artists Sarah Gamblin and the Big Rig Dance Collective and compositions by guest artist Curtis Peoples. Live music will provide dynamic environments and projected digital images will offer a backdrop for innovative contemporary dance. Wanderlust will be presented on Friday, April 10th and Saturday, April 11th, 2015 at 8:00 pm in the Firehouse Theatre at LHUCA. Ticket prices include a $3 Select-a-seat surcharge, and are $20 general admission and $12 for seniors, children, and students with ID. Tickets can be purchased online at www.selectaseatlubbock.com or by calling Select-A-Seat at (806) 770-2000.

Acts of Absence is a work of dance/music and digital media performance that explores the desire for connection in a world defined by vastness. Just like an open prairie, which can be so quiet that minute details of the landscape emerge, but then can suddenly shift into an overwhelming and unstable place, this work presents a wide range of physicalities and psychological locations. Choreographed by guest artists Sarah Gamblin and the Big Rig Dance Collective, the cluster of dance works within the frame of Acts of Absence, range from sparse and subtle to overwhelmingly athletic and are united by the physical imagery of absence, sudden change and the often unmet need to connect. The ever adventurous and award winning Fort Worth musical group Momentary Gamelan Ensemble provide rich accompaniment ranging from the almost silent to the raucous to the untenable.

Nivedita is a work of dance and music inspired by the story of educator and social worker Sister Nivedita, her lifetime of explorations through Ireland and India, and the resultant spiritual journey that accompanied her travels. Original compositions by Curtis Peoples provide varying landscapes through which dance choreographed by Ali Duffy, Sarah Mondle, Kyla Olson, and Rachel Ure is interwoven. Special guest choreographer Katrina Hinds and young dancers from Christ in the Arts school will join the company for interludes of Celtic dance.

For more information, contact Artistic Director Ali Duffy at ali@flatlandsdance.org.

This production is made possible by the generous support of the CH Foundation, Helen Jones Foundation and the J.T. & Margaret Talkington Charitable Foundation.

This Spring, We Feature Guest Artists Sarah Gamblin & The Big Rig Dance Collective!

sarah%20swirl%20002-2 Scroggins%202%202013-2Sarah Gamblin, Associate Professor of Dance, was a member of Bebe Miller Company from 1993-2000 and Bill Young and Dancers from 1996-99 and toured various cities in South Africa, Portugal, Poland, St. Petersburg, Russia, Estonia, Peru and Venezuela as well as numerous cities in the US. In 2000 she earned the MFA in Dance from the University of Washington. In Seattle she performed with Rob Kitsos, Lingo dancetheater and Amii Le Gendre. Gamblin joined the dance faculty at Texas Woman’s University in 2002 where she teaches modern technique, composition, choreography, improvisation, experiential anatomy and in 2006 founded Dance Lab, a student performing group devoted to improvisation in the dance making process and performance. As an independent choreographer/performer her work has been produced by the Fort Worth Dance Festival, the Out of the Loop Festival, the Houston Fringe Festival, the Cultivate Dance Festival in Bethlehem, New Hampshire, the New Genre Festival in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Seattle Festival of Dance and Improvisation, Bates Dance Festival, Bard College, the University of Washington, The Northwest New Works Festival at On the Boards and in New York City at the Flea Theater, Hundred Grand and Dia Center for the Arts. She has set original choreography on Mam-Luft Company/Dance of Cincinnati, OH, the University of Montana, the University of Wyoming, Lyons/Nelson Dance Company, Perpetual Motion Dance Company, University of South Florida , Texas Christian University and the University of Montana. She has also set Bebe Miller Company repertory on dance groups from the University of Hawai’i and University of North Texas.

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Flatlands Dance Theatre Company Audition – Saturday December 6th at 12:15 pm

Balcony 9Interested in dancing with Flatlands Dance Theatre, Lubbock’s professional dance company in the spring? Now’s your chance! We will hold a company audition on Saturday, December 6th from 12:15-2:00 pm in the Creative Movement Studio 101 on the Texas Tech campus. Auditioning dancers should bring a calendar or scheduling device and wear comfortable, form fitting dance attire. Dancers will learn and perform 1-2 brief contemporary movement sequences during the audition. Contact Artistic Director Ali Duffy with any questions (ali@flatlandsdance.org). Hope to see you!

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!






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