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Music and life of Jim Morrison and The Doors the focus of the fall Dance Concert

Music and life of Jim Morrison and The Doors the focus of the fall Dance Concert

This Fall, the NIU dancers are reprising “Weird Scenes Inside the Goldmine,” the original dance created by professor Judy Chitwood based on the music and life of rock legend Jim Morrison and the Doors.

The School of Theatre and Dance welcomes dance teacher Joel Hall, jazz master from Chicago. Joel’s dancers are known for their joyous blend of jazz, ballet, modern and street dance techniques.

In addition, this dance concert will also be a celebration of the many facets of dance expression including modern, classical, and contemporary ballet and jazz.  The dance concert will be performed in the O’Connell Theatre in the Stevens Building on the NIU Main Campus.

Performances

Wednesday, November 20, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 21, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, November 22, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 23, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 24, 2:00 p.m.

Purchase Tickets

Tickets can be purchased online or at the School of Theatre and Dance’s Annette Johns Box Office.

With roles on “The Middle” and “General Hospital,” Jen Ray, ’92, is a star

With roles on “The Middle” and “General Hospital,” Jen Ray, ’92, is a star

What started as a three-line part turned into a nine-year recurring role for NIU School of Theatre and Dance alumna Jen Ray (’92). When Jen was growing up in Darien, Ill., a suburb of Chicago, she would often go with her mother who was helping backstage at local high school theater productions. It was there that she first caught the acting bug, sitting stage right during performances, in the laps of high school performers. Little did she know that, a decade later, she would perform for four years on that high school stage. (more…)

Theatre and Dance professor Gibson Cima on protest theater and his research in South Africa

Theatre and Dance professor Gibson Cima on protest theater and his research in South Africa

Gibson Cima is assistant professor of theater history and head of theatre studies in the NIU School of Theatre and Dance.  For several years he has traveled to South Africa to study and research South African Theatre. Cima is presenting the lecture, Future Nostalgias” focused on South African anti-apartheid protest theatre on the post-apartheid stage, Thursday, October 10 at 5:10 p.m. at the NIU Art Museum in Altgeld Hall room 125.

Cima talked to the NIU Arts Blog about his three-week research trip to South Africa this past summer.

Gibson Cima

Gibson Cima, assistant professor of theater history and head of theater studies

I’ve been studying South African theatre since 2006 when I first went visited the country to research Athol Fugard. Fugard is a white South African playwright who collaborated with black actors John Kani and Winston Ntshona during apartheid under very difficult circumstances when it was illegal for them to be in the same room together. Despite these constraints, they made theatre that traveled all over the world and raised awareness about the terrible situation in South Africa under apartheid, a legally sanctioned system of racial oppression that existed from 1948 to 1994.

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NIU alumni create theater company in Kane County

NIU alumni create theater company in Kane County

If you’re ever wondering what happened to the 2019 MFA Acting class at Northern Illinois University, you can find many of them, and a host of other School of Theatre and Dance alumni in St. Charles, Ill. these days.  A talented group of recent alums have established Kane Repertory Theatre in an effort to produce high quality theater for audiences in Chicago’s western suburbs.

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