The Yonder Contemporary Dance Company, a collective in The University of Alabama’s department of theatre and dance, will present a 50-minute concert titled “IRL” during the 2018 Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland. The performances will run Aug. 4-10.
Yonder’s “IRL” involves 15 dance majors, overseen by Sarah M. Barry, UA associate professor of dance. They are collaborating with five student composers from UA’s School of Music, who are overseen by Dr. Amir Zaheri, assistant professor of composition.
“’IRL” focuses on the pervasive nature of technology and illuminates the jarring battle between everyone and everything that competes for our attention,” said Barry, who is the artistic director of the company. “We have tried to address this material from different angles because there are a variety of perspectives to consider.
To prepare for the performances, Yonder participants hosted master classes and performances during a regional tour in spring 2018. Sites included the Dance Foundation in Birmingham; Florence Academy of Fine Arts in Florence; the Buckman Theatre in Memphis, Tennessee; and the Marcus Jewish Community Center in Atlanta.