Amplified Dance Concert
The University of Kentucky Department of Theatre & Dance presents the Amplified Dance Concert.
March 6 - 8, 2020
The Department of Theatre and Dance presents its 9th Annual dance Concert, Amplified. Amplified offers an enticing program featuring new dance works in a variety of genres from dance faculty, guest artists, and a UK dance student. Each choreographic work uses movement to celebrate the art form, explore issues and topics, and ultimately bring people together through the power of dance.
This performance is in the Guignol Theatre of the UK Fine Arts Building, 465 Rose Street, Lexington.
Sanjay Saverimuttu grew up in Boca Raton, FL, where he trained in ballet at Boca Ballet Theatre. He graduated from Dreyfoos School of the Arts and received his BS in Biology from Stanford University. He is in his eighth season as a dancer with the Louisville Ballet, having performed in many classical and contemporary ballet world premieres. Sanjay has received commissions for his own choreographic work Louisville Ballet, the Louisville Ballet Youth Ensemble, Prelude for Botanica, and Boca Ballet Theatre. He was a finalist in Ballet Arkansas’ 2016 Visions Choreographic Competition. His work was selected for the Gala night of the 2018 SERBA Dance Festival. He most recently received one of the inaugural grants from the Elevator Artist Resource, to help complete his first dance film. Sanjay is a member of the Hadley Creatives Class of 2019, a professional development program to elevate local Louisville artists in their careers. Sanjay’s choreographic work aims to develop the art form of contemporary ballet beyond its European hetero-normative base.
Originally from Bangor, Pennsylvania, Jade expanded her recreational and commercial dance training and continued her studies in modern techniques, ballet, jazz, improvisation, and composition at the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts, where she graduated in June 2015. Upon graduation she made the move down south to continue her education at the University of Florida to pursue her BFA in dance and mass communications minor. As she continued her studies she developed a strong interest in dance in medicine work. She had the unique experience of traveling to Northern Ireland, where she was able to volunteer with artists working in healthcare settings and set a work entitled Platinum Anniversary that was performed at the Day of Dance festival in Strabane. Most recently, her thesis work Centerfold was selected to be performed in the Gala Concert at the ACDA conference in Oxford, Mississippi and will be restaged at University of Kentucky. Outside of choreographing and community engagement through the arts, she enjoys interning with the College of the Arts communications team where she is responsible for advocating for the arts. Upon graduation in May 2019, she is looking forward to making the transition into the professional world. She would like to thank her mentors, family, and friends for their love and encouragement.
Stephanie Harris is a choreographer, performer, and director. She has lectured at the University of Kentucky since 2013. Stephanie is working on her Master of Fine Arts in Dance through Hollins University, Roanoke, VA, and is expected to complete that in 2020. Stephanie was with the Lexington Art League for 10 years. For the first 2 years she was their Development Director and then promoted to Executive Director. Prior to that she was the Artistic Director for the Contemporary Dance Collective in Lexington. Her teaching portfolio includes modern dance, ballet, and choreography. She has also taught master class instruction at the American College Dance Festival at both University of Memphis and Kent State University. Her choreography includes Vestiges, University of Kentucky Faculty Concert, Madame Butterfly, University of Kentucky Opera Theatre, and Drunken City, UK Theatre & Dance. Performances include The Tongue of the Wise, Travesty Dance Company (Cleveland), Convergence, Downtown Arts Center (Lexington), and The Resonance Project, Downtown Arts Center (Lexington).
Theresa Bautista is a freelance dancer, choreographer and instructor who has been hailed by the Louisville Courier Journal as a “delight to watch” on stage. She has performed with Ila Conoley’s ICONography Dance, The Susie Thiel Collaborative, Anna Sapozhnikov’s MOYAMO Dance, Jan Street Dance Theatre, Rachel James, jan street dance theatre and Art! Art! Barking Dog Dance Company. Ms. Bautista is the founder and Co-Producer of Moving Collective, a Louisville, KY-based organization that presents concerts to promote the work of establishing and emerging choreographers of modern and contemporary dance. She has choreographed works for the University of Kentucky Department of Theatre and Dance, University of Louisville Dance Theatre, Berea College Modern Dance Troupe, the UK Dance Ensemble, Moving Collective, The Center for Women and Families and Empujon. Her work Victims, received Gala honors at the Southeast Regional Ballet Festival in Montgomery, AL and her work, Go Round was recently seen at the Regional Alternative Dance Festival in Kalamazoo, MI. In addition to teaching adjunct at UK, Ms. Bautista also teaches at the University of Louisville both adjunct and at the Dance Academy, Louisville Ballet School, Allegro Dance Theatre and Ellen’s School of Dance.
Susie Thiel is an Associate Professor of Dance and the Director of Dance at UK. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Choreography from the University of Michigan. Susie performed in NYC with several modern dance companies, including the New York Dance Collective, Genesis Dance Company, Sharon Fogarty Dance Theatre and the Impulse Initiative. Her work in concert dance, musical theatre and theatre has been presented at a variety of venues including, the University of Kentucky in Theatre, Dance and Opera Theatre productions, Green Space Studio (NYC), three seasons at the Seagle Music Colony (NY), The American College Dance Festival (GA, AR, MS, OH), the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) conference in Miami, The Moving Collective (KY), The Cincinnati Fringe Festival (OH), Anne Bogart’s Barn (NY), the Detroit Dance City Festival (MI), Inner Mongolia Arts College (China), the Hainan Normal University (China) Kentucky’s Governor’s School for the Arts and most recently in The Days of ’98 Show, With Soapy Smith (AK). Susie received the University of Kentucky’s 2016 Provost’s Outstanding Teaching Award and she will serve as the conference coordinator for the 2020 American College Dance Association Conference hosted on UK’s campus.