May 22, 2006
Theater arts event features faculty and
The Theater Arts Department presents Signs and Syndromes--a
dance-theater production featuring a company of UCSC dancers
performing a trio of new works by faculty choreographers Ted
Warburton and Mark Franko, and guest alumna choreographer Sommer
Ulrickson--June 1-4 at the Theater Arts Mainstage. Shows begin
at 7 p.m. with a Sunday matinee only at 3 p.m.
Student dancers from the 2004
Theater Arts Department dance-theater production Featured
in the Unbodied Air, directed by Mark Franko.
Photo: Steve DiBartolomeo
Warburton's work titled öötöö (pron.
"ooh-too") observes life after dark, exploring ways
in which fragments from our day get reassembled during sleep
in strange and unpredictable ways. This piece includes original
video by Bay Area media artist Stacey Goodman, and digital media
design and telematic distance collaboration with John Crawford
and Lisa Naugle at UC Irvine.
Franko's piece, "After Apollo," is a meditation on
George Balanchine's classic "Apollo" from a Dionysian
perspective. Set to Stravinsky's Concerto in D for String Orchestra
(a composition Balanchine never choreographed to), Franko asks
what would have happened if "Apollo" did not end with
the famous sunburst pose. The choreographer adds, To deconstruct
a dance is to inscribe a new dance on it, and this motif is
accented by elaborate paper costuming."
Ulrickson has developed a piece with her students titled "Jerusalem
Syndrome" after the psychological phenomenon that affects
some tourists to the holy city--they temporarily believe they
are biblical figures. Through dance, text, and video, the performers
investigate various aspects of fervor and longing related to
For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the UCSC
Ticket Office, (831) 459-2159,