International Conference "Theatre Between Tradition and Contemporaneity"
Theatre - Dance - Music - Visual & Multimedia Art - Arts Administration - Performing Arts Training - Theatre Design & Technology

December 16 - 20, 2016


Axis: a Collaborative Composition Blending Contemporary Traditions

Performance with Discussion by Andrea Vazquez, Choreographer, Interdisciplinary Dance Artist, Denise Purvis - Dancer, Choreographer, Assistant Professor of Dance at Southern Utah University, USA, and Pianist James Kaufmann (USA).

Andrea Vazquez (MFA: SUNY Brockport, BFA: Escuela Naitional in Mexico D.F.) is an interdisciplinary dance artist. She was a scholar under FONCA*, and has danced in several professional companies in Mexico and the United States. She is currently serving as visiting assistant professor of dance at Luther College, contributing and supporting the Movement Fundamentals curriculum.

Andrea is enjoying the journey as a future Projective Kinetics Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst and creating and performing work for Another River Interdisciplinary Ensemble. *National Council for Culture and Arts in Mexico. 

Denise Purvis
is Assistant Professor of Dance at Southern Utah University, where she teaches ballet, modern, jazz and tap technique, composition, dance history, creative dance for children, and K-12 methods. Prior to joining SUU, she designed and directed the dance program for the Chesterfield County Specialty 
Center for the Arts at Thomas Dale High School in Chester, VA.  From 2008 until 2012, Purvis danced with Starr Foster Dance Project in Richmond, VA, and she has consistently worked with various free-lance choreographers since 1999. Purvis holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Dance Performance/Choreography from the State University and is certified in the Bill Evans method. 

James J. Kaufmann attended at the University of Northern Iowa  on scholarship, where he studied with Howard Aibel. After two years at this institution, he participated in a one-year exchange program at Kansai Gaidai, near Osaka, Japan. Language and culture were the focus of the school, but he found time to continue his piano with Japanese composer, Yuki Morimoto, and graduated from the UNI with a BA in piano.

 After returning to the USA and earning his masters from the Eastman School of Music, he was hired to accompany dance at SUNY Brockport where he worked until 2011. He also continued to produce and direct music for special projects, such as a collaboration between Yuki Morimoto and choreographer Sondra Fraleigh. He is now furthering his classical study with the coaching of Dr. Du Huang at Luther College. 


When contemporary artists create work, they have resources from the entire global community within easy access. Artists from different world cultures find themselves within a plane ride of each other, and music and literature from many countries and historical periods exist within the same space. This presentation explores the creative process of artists who discovered themselves together off an on for several years. As a result, they joined to create a new dance work. Axis is choreographed by Mexican artist Andrea Vazquez, in partnership with American pianist James Kaufmann and American dancer Denise Purvis, performed to Mikrokosmos, by Hungarian composer Béla Bartok. Inspired in part by British Playwright Sarah Kane's play 4.48 Psychosis, and in part by exploration of movement initiating from internal body organs, Axis explores the intersection and interrelation of inner and outer world. It questions one woman's relationship with her body and her environment - her desire to control her surroundings and her personal reality in the midst of environmental upheaval.     

This presentation will include both a performance of Axis and discussion by the artists about the creative process that led to the dance work.   

Organized by IUGTE in collaboration with "ArtUniverse"