Texas Tech University

Texas Tech School of Theatre & Dance Presents 'DanceTech: The Movement'

Anna Hedges

March 17, 2021

Two dancers in dark attire are in mid-air with their feet crossed in a dainty ballet pose.

DanceTech will be presented at the Stars & Stripes Drive-in Theatre.

Texas Tech University's School of Theatre & Dance, housed within the J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual and Performing Arts, presents “DanceTech: The Movement” at 8:30 p.m. on March 26, at the Stars & Stripes Drive-In Theatre, 5101 Clovis Highway.

Due to restrictions on live performances, this season's production focuses on dance on film, featuring original choreography by Texas Tech dance faculty. Serving as co-artistic directors, Mallory Prucha, head of the design program, and Joshua Whitt, the school's production manager, are concentrating on the concept of “movement” for this production.

“It felt timely, impactful, perhaps a bit literal and embodied the inherent awkwardness and humor that underscores vulnerability,” Whitt said.

Prucha agrees that “movement” exemplifies current political and social spheres.

“It encapsulates polarity: how extremes conjoin and isolate, the sense of connection and rejection summoned by quarantine, our desire to be near others and, simultaneously, the need to stay apart,” she said.

As with every production this season, “DanceTech: The Movement” privileges the educational process for students by exploring theater and dance production in the time of a global pandemic. It emphasizes the creative lens that explores environment, the contrast of both the urban and synesthetic landscape.

“Although it was an unusual production process,” Prucha explains, “the production confirms the inseparable relationship between motion and sound. It also serves as a collage of our time and does service to the brilliant, varied work it includes.”

Tickets for “DanceTech: The Movement” are $15 per car and must be purchased online. Tickets will not be sold at Stars & Stripes Drive-In. For more information visit the School of Theatre & Dance website, call (806) 742-3603 or email theatre.dance.boxoffice@ttu.edu.