University of Iowa Dance Virtual Performance | “Gesture”
MAE’s Facebook and on YouTube at 7 PM on Wednesday December 16th
University of Iowa dance artists Michael Landez and Laila J. Franklin lead viewers through moments of performance and rehearsal based around ideas of danced ‘gesture’ in spaces of remembering and imagination. See them collaborate on a journey through their creative process and watch the dance that emerges! Gesture. will go be available to view through MAE’s Facebook and on YouTube at 7 PM on Wednesday December 16th. Stay tuned for more information.
Laila J. Franklin (b. 1997) is a dance artist and movement researcher from the Washington, DC area. She is currently based in Iowa City, IA, where she is pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in Choreography at the University of Iowa as an Iowa Arts Fellow. Her academic and artistic research is in body histories, citational practices, and compositional world-building centered around Black social and performance modalities and technologies. Laila holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Contemporary Dance Performance, with an emphasis in Composition from The Boston Conservatory. While attending the Conservatory, Laila performed work by artists such as Aszure Barton, Keith A. Thompson, Mark Morris, and Zoe Scofield. She has worked as a collaborator with Boston-based company Ruckus Dance, founded by Michael Figueroa. She has served as a Shuffle Cohort Teacher and Administrative intern for Cambridge-based organization Midday Movement Series, founded by Marissa Molinar. She is a co-founder and current member of Dance Farm Collective.
Michael Landez is originally from San Antonio, Texas where he began his training in ballet and tap. He enjoys performing, making, and teaching about dance through active participation with those that want the experience. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology, certification through the American Ballet Theatre National Teacher Training Curriculum (Pre-Primary – Partnering) and is currently a Master of Fine Arts candidate in Dance at the University of Iowa. He is a co-founder and current member of the Dance Farm Collective and Ballet Master for the Alamo City Performing Arts Association.