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January 2011 Theatre/Dance Calendar

“Spinning Into Butter,” student solo performances and Dance Summit scheduled

December 9, 2010 | by Judy Moore
Rebecca Gilman
Rebecca Gilman
EVANSTON, Ill. --- A controversial play about race and “political correctness” on a college campus by Rebecca Gilman, an evening of solo student presentations and a student dance summit will help launch the New Year on Northwestern University’s Evanston campus.

All of the events are open to the public and will take place at various venues on the Evanston campus during the Theatre and Interpretation Center (TIC) at Northwestern University’s 30th anniversary season. Ticket information follows each performance listing.

Subscriptions for the entire 2010-11 Mainstage Season are on sale now through the TIC Box Office at (847) 491-7282 or www.tic.northwestern.edu. Single-ticket prices are listed below.

For the first time, TIC is offering $10 single-ticket prices to Thursday night season performances to U.S. Armed Forces personnel and their families (with a valid military ID), as well as $10 ticket discounts for Northwestern alumni who have graduated within the past two years (with a valid WildCARD). 



“Spinning Into Butter,” by Rebecca Gilman, directed by Derrick Sanders, 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28; 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29; 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 30; 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3; 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4; 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 6, Josephine Louis Theater, 20 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston campus. “Spinning Into Butter” follows a saga of racially motivated vandalism at a quiet New England college. It falls to Sarah Daniels, dean of students, to resolve this unprecedented situation or, perhaps, just to quiet the hype. Directed by Derrick Sanders, artistic director, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), this thought-provoking play by award-winning School of Communication faculty member Rebecca Gilman, associate professor of radio/television and film, asks whether values are absolute or subject to circumstance. Single-tickets are $20 for the general public; $18 for seniors 65 and older, Northwestern faculty and staff and area educators and administrators; and $10 for full-time students with IDs and Northwestern alumni who graduated within the past two years. Single-tickets may be purchased through the TIC Box Office at (847) 491-7282 or online at www.tic.northwestern.edu.


“103 Performance Hour,” 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 5, Musseter-Struble Theater, 1949 Campus Drive, Evanston campus. Solo performances presented by students in the department of performance studies’ introductory general communication 103 course, “The Analysis and Performance of Literature.” Admission is free.


Dance Summit 2011, 7 and 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 14, Ballroom Theater, Marjorie Ward Marshall Dance Center, 10 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston campus. Northwestern University’s student dance groups will perform in this student-run, student-choreographed event. The program will feature performances by the Graffiti Dancers, an eclectic ensemble that does jazz, ballet, hip-hop, modern and tap; Tonik Tap, a company that specializes in rhythm and syncopation; Boomshaka, a percussion/dance group; Fusion Dance Company, a hip-hop ensemble; B.L.A.S.T. (Ballroom, Latin and Swing Team); Steam Heat, a new musical theater group and others. The event is hosted and presented by Graffiti. General admission is $5. Seating is limited. For more information, call the Northwestern University School of Communication dance program at (847) 491-3147 or e-mail nu-dance@northwestern.edu.

Nathalie Rayter, a senior in the School of Education and Social Policy, contributed to this story.

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