Danceworks 2016

February 26 – March 6, 2016
Josephine Louis Theater | 20 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston

Artistic Direction by Joel Valentín-Martínez
Choreography by Garth Fagan, Rosy Simas, Maray Gutiérrez, Jeff Hancock, and Joel Valentín-Martínez

NU Dance Program Director Joel Valentín-Martínez leads the Artistic Direction of this year’s annual dance showcase featuring exciting and innovative choreography by Tony and Olivier Award-winner Garth Fagan, 2015 Guggenheim Fellow Rosy Simas, Hedwig Dances Artistic Associate Maray Gutiérrez, NU Dance faculty member Jeff Hancock, and Joel Valentín-Martínez. Using the foundations of contemporary modern dance, this evening will showcase a broad range of choreographic styles and voices across the diverse and multi-cultural spectrum of many dance styles and techniques, creating an exhilarating and entertaining evening of performances.

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JOEL VALENTIN-MARTINEZ (Artistic Director) was born in Guadalajara, Mexico and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. He initiated his theater/dance training at American Conservatory Theater, Alonzo King's LINES Ballet, Rosa Montoya's Bailes Flamencos, Oakland's Dimensions Dance Theatre, and San Francisco State University. From 1990-2003, he was a member of Garth Fagan Dance (Tony Award Winner) and toured with the troupe throughout the United States, Canada, the Middle East, Europe, Australia, South America, and the Caribbean. Since 2003, Mr. Valentín-Martínez has devoted his time to teaching at the university level and developing his own choreography projects. His work with Fulcrum Point-New Music Project, Misplaced Flowers (2010) and Tlatelolco Revisited (2008) were both commissioned by Luna Negra Dance Theater and premiered at the Harris Theater in Chicago. He choreographed the musical adaptation of Sandra Cisneros' The House on Mango Street (2009) at the Steppenwolf Theatre. He has developed choreography for the Joel Hall Dancers and John Jota Leaños' multi-media performance Imperial Silence: Una Ópera Muerta (2008), which has been performed at El Museo del Barrio in New York City, throughout California, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Valentín-Martínez is also the Artistic Director of Valentín Projects. He is currently the Dance Program Director in the Theatre Department at Northwestern University. Prior to joining Northwestern, he taught dance at Arizona State University and the University of Rochester. Valentín-Martínez earned a B.A. in Dance Studies from the State University of New York and an M.F.A. in Dance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Creative Team:

  • Scenic Designer: Sotirios Livaditis
  • Lighting Designers: Justine Burke, Sara Gosses, Jessica Neill, Alexander Ridgers, Matt Sharp
  • Costume Designers: Gabrielle Chabot, Amanda Gladu, Jeff Hancock, Virginia Varland
  • Sound Designer: Aaron Quick
  • Video & Projection Designers: Peter Anderson, Matt Sharp, Rosy Simas
  • Stage Managers: Anna Backer, Marcellus Burt