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Edge Performance Festival Offers Something for Everyone at UC Davis

University of California, Davis
April 12, 2013

The Edge Performance Festival returns for its third year at UC Davis Department of Theatre and Dance. This year’s line-up features drama, comedy, song and a variety of dance including aerial, hip-hop and tap performances in four events: Main Stage Dance, Hour of 5’s, Undergraduate One-Acts and midnight sing-along screenings of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” The Festival runs April 25-May 5. Events are held at various locations in and around Wright Hall. A complete listing of dates and times is available on the Theatre and Dance website.

Main Stage Dance offers eight new choreographies devised by graduate and qualifying undergraduate students. Master of Fine Arts candidate Mary Ann Brooks and Maria De Los Angeles Ceja, a part-time student in the Department of Chicana/o Studies, devised and perform in “Las Lloronas.” The piece reimagines the legend of “La Llorona,” a wandering spirit who wails for the children she has drowned. Brooks and Ceja create a new mythos that transforms the traditional story of “La Llorona” from one that is laden in fear to a story of human vulnerability.

Deirdre Morris, also a Master of Fine Arts candidate, performs a lyrical aerial hoop dance in “La Luna.” This conversation with the moon includes original soundscape. Her second piece “Echoes and Ghosts” grew out of her work in the acequias and arroyo water systems of the southwest and concerns questions of women’s rights.

In “A Formal Evening” choreographed by undergraduates Zach Heinzer, Maribel Lopez and recent graduate Nicole Casado, sensuality and elegance are explored with red lips and a flowing yellow gown embracing the small of a woman’s back; also in the straight line of a crisply knotted tie as it falls down a man’s postured torso. The undergraduate trio have choreographed a second piece titled “I Need.” The new work relates to the choreographers’ personal experiences with abusive relationships.

Three more undergraduate choreographies investigate life concerning sun, grandma’s house, windows, and movement around benches: “Ananá” by Nicole Casado, “Window Shopping” by Zach Heinzer, and “Bound Melody” by Maribel Lopez.

Hour of 5’s offers five-minute acts including scenes, monologues, music, dance and song. “Samulnori” drumming reflects the Korean cultural heritage of undergraduates Kevin Chung and Cecilia Kim. Third-year student Josh Kim accompanies second-year singer Roman Alyas on guitar. Freshman Alyssa Burton brings much excitement to the stage kicking up her heels in wild tap dancing.

Undergraduate One-Acts brings three new original plays to the intimate Laboratory A theater. In “The Turquoise Room,” written by undergraduate Nate Kommoju and directed by Master of Fine Arts candidate Lindsay Beamish, a train trip to an unknown destination is thwarted by loneliness, the folly of man and a banana split.

“Lutefisk,” written by undergraduate Bijan Ghiasi and directed by second-year student Kazia Hart, is an exotic and weird salad of sorts while “Chair Games,” written by undergraduate Anna Chalmers and directed by fourth-year student Kevin Adamski, explores the pros and cons of television watching.

The Festival would not be complete without its sing-along late night showings of the most famous of all midnight movies, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” This event offers audiences the opportunity to dress-up and sing and dance along with many costumes to rent through the Department of Theatre and Dance’s Enchanted Cellar. Costumes may be rented in advance or in the lobby before the show—contact The Enchanted Cellar at 530.752.0740.

Event Details:
“The Rocky Horror Picture Show” is rated R. All other events are rated PG-13.

What: The Edge Performance Festival features drama, comedy, song and a variety of dance including aerial, hip-hop and tap performances in four events.

Where: Various locations in and around Wright Hall, UC Davis.

When: Various hours April 25-May 5.

Tickets: $10 per event, in advance or at the door, however, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show Sing-Along” tickets are available only at the door and only on a cash-basis. Advance tickets: 530.754.2782 or

More information including detailed schedule.

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