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UK dance students adapt to live audience restrictions with ‘Once Vacant: Bodies in motion… still’


The University of Kentucky Department of Theatre and Dance students cannot take the traditional stage with a live audience, but that is not stopping them from creating and performing. UK dance students will pivot to a new venue and present “Once Vacant: Bodies in motion still” Oct. 17 at a location more conducive to safety guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic — a parking lot.

“Once Vacant” will reimagine a public space while literally and physically illuminating the vital role that dance can play in advancing political, social and cultural discussions. Choreographers and UK faculty members Susie Thiel, Stephanie Harris and Theresa Bautista centered the dance around the questions, what does the body mean in spaces and places, how can we excavate our feelings through Covid-19, and how can entropy lead to liberation?

Dancers will present “Once Vacant” twice at the Orange Lot located at Kroger Field, while the audience will maintain physical distance surrounding the performers from the safety of their cars. Performances will begin 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

Tickets are $15 per car. One ticket admits one vehicle. Proceeds from “Once Vacant” ticket sales will benefit Big Blue Pantry. To purchase tickets to “Once Vacant,” contact the Singletary Center for the Arts ticket office by phone at 859-257-4929 or visit online at www.scfatickets.com.

From UK Now


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