2009-10 Performance Season

This season looked particularly at African-American contributions to the performing arts, and examined how racial and ethnic identity can be explored through performance.
Thomas F. DeFrantz as Monk.
Nilaja Sun in "No Child..."
David Dorfman

"Monk's Mood" by Thomas DeFrantz

A Performance Meditation on the Life and Music of Thelonious Monk
Sheldon Museum of Art Auditorium
October 9, 2009

Thomas F. DeFrantz visited Lincoln in early October 2009, performing his stunning solo tap show, and lecturing several times in the IAS class.
Thomas DeFrantz earned degrees from Yale (BA), the City University of New York (MA), and the Department of Performance Studies at NYU (PhD). His books include the edited volume "Dancing Many Drums: Excavations in African American Dance" (University of Wisconsin Press, 2002, winner of the CHOICE Award for Outstanding Academic Publication and the Errol Hill Award presented by the American Society for Theater Research) and "Dancing Revelations: Alvin Ailey's Embodiment of African American Culture" (Oxford University Press, 2004, winner of the de la Torre Bueno Prize for Outstanding Publication in Dance). He is the artistic director of SLIPPAGE: Performance|Culture|Technology, a multi-disciplinary arts collective in residence at MIT. He is Visiting Professor at Yale 2008-2009, and directed Women's and Gender Studies at MIT from 2007-2009.

"No Child..." by Nilaja Sun

Kimball Recital Hall
October 21, 2009

Nilaja Sun performed her amazing one-woman show in Lincoln, and also visited the IAS seminar class for an inspiring workshop.
Solo performer and writer of the Off-Broadway smash "No Child...," Nilaja Sun garnered 17 awards including: an Obie Award, a Lucille Lortel Award, two Outer Critics Circle Awards including the John Gassner playwriting award for Outstanding New American Play, a Theatre World Award, the Helen Hayes Award, and an LA Ovation Award and was named the Best One-Person Show at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival. Nilaja's New York credits include "No Child...", "Einstein's Gift", "Pieces of the Throne", "Time and the Conways" (each with Epic Theatre Ensemble), "Huck and Holden" (Cherry Lane Theatre), "The Cook" (Intar), and "The Adventures of Barrio Grrrl!" (Summer Play Festival). She has also been seen on "30 Rock," "Law and Order: SVU," and as Detective Gloria Hubbard in the film "The International." She is a Princess Grace Award winner and has worked as a teaching artist in New York City.

"Disavowal" by David Dorfman and David Dorfman Dance

Johnny Carson Theatre, Lied Center for Performing Arts
November 12, 2009

David Dorfman and his compan, visited Lincoln in November 2009, performing their thought-provoking "Disavowal" to a thrilled audience. David Dorfman lectured in the IAS seminar, and led a master class for UNL dancers.
David Dorfman (Artistic Director), a native Chicagoan, is the recipient of a 2005 Guggenheim Foundation fellowship. He has also been honored with four fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, three New York Foundation for the Arts fellowships, an American Choreographer's Award, the first Paul Taylor Fellowship from The Yard, and a New York Dance & Performance Award ("Bessie") for David Dorfman Dance's community-based project Familiar Movements (The Family Project). Dorfman's choreography has been produced in New York City at venues ranging from the BAM Next Wave Festival to The Joyce Theater, The Kitchen, Dance Theater Workshop, The Duke on 42nd Street, Danspace Project/St. Mark's Church, P.S. 122, and Dancing in the Streets.
Since its founding in 1985, David Dorfman Dance has performed extensively in New York City and throughout North and South America, Great Britain, and Europe, most recently in St. Petersburg and Krasnoyarsk in Russia and Bytom and Cracow in Poland. David Dorfman and the company's dancers and artistic collaborators have been honored with eight New York Dance and Performance ("Bessie") Awards.

The Interdisciplinary Arts Symposium is sponsored by the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts, presented, in part, by the Lied Center for Performing Arts, and funded, in part, by the Hixson-Lied Endowment.