University Theater and UChicago Maya present Kaleidoscope*, a student choreographed performance exploring the dynamic theatricality of an ever shifting perspective. UChicago Maya is a fusion dance group that blends both Western and Eastern dance styles. Through rich use of lighting, sound, and and many perspectives are woven together as Kaleidoscope explores what is disparate and what is analogous through the shared lens of movement.
*Please note that there will be the use of haze and strobe lights during the show.
Aixin Chen (Dancer) is a fourth-year who has enjoyed trapezing around the dance community in her time here, participating in UBallet, PhiNix workshops, and Maya. In high school, she has been a part of the Nutcracker and Phantom of the Opera productions in addition to competing in YAGP. When she is not working on her Anthropology and Biology majors, she enjoys spending time with friends, rock climbing, and sketching.
Christine Chin (Co-Director, Choreographer, Dancer) is a third-year pre-med Public Policy major in the college. She competitively danced ballet, tap, and jazz with Bonis en Toure and has trained in summer intensive programs with the Houston Ballet and Ad Deum. Christine has also done work on campus with UBallet. She currently serves as the co-president of Maya.
Leilani Douglas (Choreographer, Dancer) is a third-year in the College majoring in Public Policy Studies and minoring in HIPS. She has danced and choreographed with Maya since her first year including performances at the MODA Fashion Show, SASA Show, and Where Fun Comes To Dance. Outside of school and Maya, Leilani volunteers with the RSO Peer Health Exchange, works as a tour guide in the Office of College Admissions, and belts Hamilton the Musical in her apartment when no one's home. Enjoy the show!
Doremi Feng (Choreographer, Dancer) is a second-year in the College, potentially majoring in Biological Sciences, Mathematics, or Molecular Engineering. She danced with Maya in Body, SASA, MODA, and Where Fun Comes to Dance in the year of 2015. She also choreographed and performed two Traditional Chinese pieces on UC-CSSA's Chinese New Year Celebration. Doremi would really love to know you if you are interested in practicing some water-sleeve dance routines with her.
Laurel Freidenberg (Dancer) is a fourth-year Economics major. Some favorite previous roles include Aegina in Spartacus, Dawn in Coppelia, and Clemence in Raymonda. She is excited to be dancing in her first show with Maya.
Leah Garner (Dancer) is a fourth-year in the College majoring in Environmental Studies. Leah has been dancing since she was four, but Kaleidoscope will be her first performance since high school. In her spare time, Leah loves to scrapbook!
Lydia Liu (Dancer) is a first-year in the College, currently undecided in terms of major. She started in traditional Chinese and ballet classes before picking up jazz and contemporary. Outside of Maya, Lydia is a Moneythink mentor and a proud member of Kenwood House.
Crystal Ma (Co-Director, Choreographer) is a third-year studying Economics and Art History. This is her first year co-directing UChicago Maya.
Wes Mills (Dancer) is a fourth-year in the College majoring in Cinema and Media Studies and English. Previous dancing experience includes Le Corsaire (Conrad), Raymonda (Spanish Dance Troupe Lead), and UChicago Maya's Body (Ensemble).
Jocelyne Muñoz (Choreographer, Dancer) is a second-year in the College majoring in Public Policy. She has been a part of Maya since her first quarter and participated in last year's Maya Show (Body), Moda, SASA, and Where Fun Comes to Dance. Outside of Maya Jocelyne is also part of PhiNix Dance Crew and Alpha Omicron Pi.
Brianna Pinder (Choreographer, Dancer) is a second-year majoring in Economics and minoring in Computer Science. She has been dancing with Maya since fall quarter of her first year and is also a member of Phinix Dance Crew. In her free time, she enjoys watching dance videos on YouTube and eating Goldfish.
Maddy Scott (Dancer) is a second-year majoring in History with a minor in Classical Studies. A native of Pittsburgh, PA, Maddy has been dancing since age 10. Outside of Maya, Maddy serves as Vice President of Philanthropy for the IL Kappa chapter of Pi Beta Phi, tutors elementary school students, and is involved with the Women in Public Service Program.
Angela Shen (Co-Director, Choreographer, Dancer) is a fourth-year majoring in Biological Sciences with a concentration in Neuroscience. She started dancing when she was five, danced competitively for five years, and has co-directed Maya since her second year at UChicago. Outside of Maya, Angela interns at the University Arts Engagement Office at the Logan Center and is thrilled to share unique arts experiences with others.
Gabriella (GG) Snow (Choreographer, Dancer) is a third-year in the College majoring in Public Policy and minoring in Gender and Sexuality Studies. She was a dancer in Maya's production, Body. She was a member of In2it dance company for 4 years, Boca Ballet Company for 2 years and danced competitively for 10 years. Fun Fact: she can speak four languages.
Ella Sperling (Dancer) is a first-year in the College, and she plans to decide on a major as last-minute as possible. This is her first show with Maya, but she previously did ballet and danced with her high school company. Besides dancing, Ella also loves art, chocolate, old books, and grilled cheese.
Joyce Sun (Dancer) is a third-year majoring in Biological Sciences. She started her dance training in ballet at the age of 3. Throughout the years, she has added pointe, jazz, modern, and contemporary techniques into her dance repertoire. She joined UChicago Maya her first year and loves the contagious energy of the group. Other than dancing, she loves to practice yoga, play the guitar, travel and cook. She also has a talent for making copious amounts dark chocolate disappear.
Emma Tehrani (Dancer) is a fourth-year in the College majoring in Political Science and Psychology. She has danced with Maya since spring quarter of 2015. Emma is also involved with UBallet.
Teddy Watler (Dancer) is a third-year undergraduate studying Art History and Law, Letters, & Society. Teddy has previously performed with UBallet and UC Dancers, and currently serves as UBallet's Head of Teaching and Outreach.
Samantha Weiss (Dancer) is a third-year in the College majoring in Economics, and is thrilled to be performing in her first show with Maya. Previously, she has trained in classical ballet and spent a summer performing with the Joffrey Ballet. She is so excited to return to the stage and hopes you all enjoy the show!
Madeline Fitzgerald (Stage Manager)
David Goodman-Edberg (Lighting Designer)
Ty Easley (Sound Designer)
Maya Scheidl (Set Designer)
Marliese Dalton (Assistant Lighting Designer)
Michael Roy (Master Electrician)
Lexi Turner (UT Liaison)
Hannah Zinky, Alice Sheehan, Cori Mayer, Dan Heins, Gabriel Levine, Emma Heras