Dance at Illinois Artists Featured in the New York Times
The American Realness festival, which opened January 8 in New York City, included the theatrical premiere of Tere O'Connor's Undersweet and a work featuring alumna Michele Boulé of Dance at Illinois. Praised for her "tour-de-force performance" by the New York Times, Boulé portrays both herself and a figure representing creative inspiration in choreographer Miguel Gutierrez's Age & Beauty Part 1: Mid-Career Artist/Suicide Note or &:-/, a depiction of the challenges of making art. O'Connor debuted his duet focused on the sexuality of ballet on January 12. Combining experimentation with classical and naturalistic movements, the work with dancers Silas Riener and Michael Ingle and a sound collage by O'Connor and James Baker was acclaimed for its "stabs of beauty and swerves of wit." The festival ends January 18.