Infinite Three-Way Possibility
Elliot Reza Emadian in collaboration with the dancers
Original Pieces - Elliot Reza Emadian
Additional Sound, Engineering, and Design - Daniel Massey
"Time After Time" written by Cyndi Lauper and Rob Hyman, performed by Cyndi Lauper
"Jila" written and performed by Javad Ma'roufi
"Clair de Lune" written by Claude Debussy
"River Deep, Mountain High" written by Phil Spector, Jeff Barry, and Ellie Greenwich,
performed by Celine Dion
"Born This Way" written by Lady Gaga and Jeppe Laursen, performed by Lady Gaga
"Man! I feel like a woman" written by Mutt Lange and Shania Twain, performed by Shania Twain
"If I were a Boy" written by BC Jean and Toby Gad, performed by Beyoncé
"Proud Mary" written by John Fogerty, performed by Tina Turner
"Hunt" written and performed by Elliot Reza Emadian
Concept - Elliot Reza Emadian Design - Gryffon Cloud
Electrician - Daniel Massey
Production Stage Manager:
DRK Space Coordinator:
Jessica Autumn Ziegler
See bios here.
Costumes: Annabelle Clark, AnnaBeth Cowsert
Technical: Melanie DuBois, Allie Green
Video: Symone Sanz, Jeremy Taylor, Haley Van Patten
This is not a dance about something, and it could be a dance about anything. One of the most profound statements I have ever heard about dance came from John Jasperse during a post-show talkback. "I'm not going to tell you that what you took away from the work was right or wrong, and any choreographer who does isn't a very good choreographer. It's your experience, and therefore, it can't be wrong. If you saw it, it happened."
It is my hope that this fact is embedded in Infinite Three-Way Possibility. As you sit in the round, staring at and through the dance to your fellow audience members on the opposite wall, remember that you are uniquely experiencing that moment. Be proud of your individual interaction with the work, talk about those moments after the show ends. Tell someone when you fell asleep, when you day-dreamed, when you couldn't look away. The work lives in these multiplicities, asking you, audience member, not to arrive at the end of time with us-to consider what came and what is coming.
Jennifer Monson for your unending support and challenging questions.
Dr. Cynthia Oliver for instilling in me that the ideas are embedded in the work.
Sara Hook for your reminders to trust my intuition and believe where I am.
Tere O'Connor for your confidence to keep digging and changing.
Kaitlin Fox for convincing me to keep going.
Evvie Allison for reminders to find the levity in graduate school.
William Ervin for taking so many unfiltered notes.
Rachel Lindsay-Snow for reminding me to see and to experience.
Daniel Rivera for climbing many ladders and actually making this show happen.
Symone Sanz for holding down the fort and holding up the spirits.
Jan Erkert for making an alternate space a viable thesis option.
Terri Ciofalo for making that non-traditional space option a reality.
Robert Perry for believing in your students and trusting them to create with ambitious collaborators.
Richard Jackson for creating the "Born This Way" choreography that we reference and that saved a little queer dancer growing up in rural Tennessee in 2011.
To the Guthes for traveling all the way to Urbana to see the fruits of a three-year labor through which you have been my anchor, my home, my sounding board, and my reminder that there is life beyond and after grad school. I love you.
And, of course, to this incomparably brilliant cast of dancers, who brought such maturity, depth, (humor), and skill to such a vast undertaking and without whom this work truly would not be the same. Thank you all.