Fall 2020 Production

Annual Site Performance Project

Moving Through the Flood

Moving Through the Flood is a site-specific outdoor performance that brings together the power of dance, theatre, and live music to transcend beyond the current circumstances that are keeping us apart. The performance will take place in the heart of the campus, in front of the Fleming Museum, unfolding at an intersection where art (Fleming), medicine (UVM Medical Center), and science (Innovation Hall) converge. Directed by UVM Theatre and Dance faculty Julian Barnett, and including artistic work from fellow faculty and students, the performance explores the metaphorical possibility of water, as it floods, washes, wakes, and ripples, to create new possibilities and rituals of live performance in the era of social distancing.

Director: Julian Barnett
Scenic Design: Sara Nelson
Lighting Design: Bert Crosby
Friday, October 9, 2020 at 4:30PM and 6:00PM
The Fleming Green – this green space is located between the Fleming Museum, Central Campus Residence Hall and Innovation Hall



  •     Attendance is limited to UVM ID holders only. You must register in advance to attend.
  •     Register by emailing RTTTickets@uvm.edu. Indicate which date/time you would like to attend.
  •     As per UVM and State guidelines, when registering you must provide your name and a phone number where you can be reached.
  •     When registering please indicate any special requests and/or accommodations.
  •     You will receive an email confirming your request to attend within 24 hours. This time frame may be longer if you submit your request on a weekend.


  •     Everyone attending the event must present a valid UVM ID to gain admittance.
  •     Everyone attending the event must wear face covering and maintain a physical distance of 6 feet between attendees.
  •     Any necessary additional guidelines, including updates in the event of rain, will be included in the confirmation email.


Annual Site Performance Project

Quantum Complications

The light is the beginning of quantum. The smallest particles of energy travel through empty spaces.
The lines confine the spaces. Pulsating energy collides and shapes the unknown.
The paper is the macro lenses of quantum complications.
Working in the new Discovery Hall, this site-specific performance intends to bring art and science together. Influenced by the work of Debra Weisberg, Tape Drawings, faculty Paula Higa and students examine quantum physics, the vast space between areas, and atomic turbulences.
Friday & Saturday, November 8 & 9, 2019
Discovery Hall
Two shows each night: 5:30 & 7:00 PM
Tickets: $5, general admission (cash or check only at the door)
NOTE: Limited availability. Please contact RTTTickests@uvm.edu to make a reservation


Dancing Uphill 2020

Wednesday-Saturday, January 22 - 25, 2020 - 7:30 PM
Mann Gymnasium (Trinity Campus)
Tickets: $10 for Students; $15 General Admission

Highlighting UVM dance student performers, the concert includes choreography by UVM dance faculty, UVM composition students, and professional guest dance artists. The show will include works by dance faculty Julian Barnett and Paul Besaw, and feature the work of guest artists Lauren Blue (UVM Class of 2012), Laurel Jenkins, and Lida Winfield. Directed by Besaw; technical direction and design coordination by Bert Crosby.

Tickets for Dancing Uphill 2020 are available for purchase at the door of the event. Dancing Uphill 2020 is being presented in Mann Gymnasium located at 208 Colchester Avenue on the trinity campus of UVM. Tickets for Dancing Uphill 2020 are $10 for UVM students and $15 for all others. Tickets can be purchased at Mann Gymnasium by cash or check only. If paying by check please make it out to the University of Vermont. Seating is General admission and the performance begins at 7:30PM.
Again, tickets for Dancing Uphill 2020 are no longer available for purchase online or at the Royall Tyler Theatre box office. They can only be purchased at Mann Gymnasium, beginning at 6:15pm Friday and Saturday, Jan. 24 and 25. Tickets are subject to availability.

2019-2020 EVENTS

UVM Dance Faculty Showcase

UVM Dance Faculty Showcase
To support the UVM Dance Program
Thursday, February 13, 2020
7:00 PM
FlynnSpace (Flynn Center for the Performing Arts)
Free/Donations accepted at the door

This first ever UVM dance faculty showcase will feature work by the professional faculty artists in the Program. Includes work by Julian Barnett, Paul Besaw, Paula Higa, Julie Peoples-Clark, Lynn Ellen Schimoler, and special guest Susan Levine Ourada from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. All donations will directly support the UVM Dance Program..

Artist Talk – Julian Barnett

Personal Poetics, From Rupture to Transformation

Wednesday, March 4, 2020
5:30 PM
Billings Marsh Room
Free and open to the public

A performance/lecture by Julian Barnett, highlighting his most recent professional work, shedding light on multicultural processes and contexts, and examining the role vulnerability has played in his choreographic life.

American College Dance Association 2020 - New England Conference

March 25-28, 2020
Hosts: Middlebury College & the University of Vermont
Location: Middlebury College

UVM is co-hosting this major regional dance conference. We need students to help organize and work the event. Students, faculty, and staff will also participate; student work from UVM will be presented and students will take part in a whole array of master classes.

Please contact Paul.Besaw@uvm.edu if you are interested in working on or participating in the event.

Improvisation Laboratories

April 4, 2020
Cohen Hall Dance Studio

Two improvisation workshops:
Hannah Dennison will teach a workshop open to all levels from 9:00-12:00.
Susan Sgorbati will teach a workshop for experienced improvisors from 1:00-4:00.

Offered in conjunction with the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts. Limited free spots for UVM students/faculty/staff. Contact Julian.Barnett@uvm.edu to register.

Dance & Music Improvisation Showcase

April 17, 2020
7:00 PM
Billings Library
Free and open to the public.

An evening of fresh scores and improvisational experiments, featuring performances by UVM dance and music students. Directed by faculty Julian Barnett (dance) and Matt LaRocca (music).

Senior Project – Mackenzie Zadworny

The Women on the Walls

Wednesday, April 22, 2020
5:30 PM
Fleming Museum

Senior dance major Mickenzie Zadworny will present her capstone performance project, including original choreography inspired by the Fleming Museum’s exhibition of paintings by Wood Gaylor.

Artist Talk – Hannah Dennison

How sites create the dances. How the dances enliven the site. How the people involved are changed.
Thursday, April 23, 2020
5:00 PM
Billings Marsh Room
Free and open to the public

Hannah Dennison will discuss her large-scale, site-specific performance pieces, including The Quarry Project, set in the Wells Lamson quarry in Barre, VT. To be performed August 2020. The talk will include The Quarry Project performers Paul Besaw (UVM dance faculty) and Anna Martone (UVM dance alumnus).

End-of-Semester Dance Showing (Spring)

Friday, May 1, 2020 - 4:00 PM
Cohen Hall Dance Studio
Free and open to the public

Presentation of class projects and independent student work. Coordinated by faculty member Paula Higa. Contact phiga@uvm.edu if you would like to present something!

Street Addresses

Cohen Hall - 14 South Williams St.

Mann Hall - 208 Colchester Ave.

Music Building Recital Hall - 384 South Prospect St.