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The Indianapolis Museum of Art presents Nugent Dance artists Suzanne Lappas and Stephanie Nugent in Mapping the Aether, an evening of innovative dance theater and live music. Performances will take place Thursday, January 21 and Saturday, January 23 at 8PM in the IMA’s The Toby Theater.

Presented by the Indianapolis Museum of Art, and made possible, in part, with support from the Indiana Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, Nugent Dance artists Stephanie Nugent and Suzanne Lappas perform world premiere works of dance theater created by Nugent/Lappas and guest choreographer Keith Johnson, and a recent work by guest choreographer Selene Carter. New original music by composer/performer Scott Kellog will also be featured in the evening's title work.

Selene Carter, Assistant Professor of Contemporary Dance at IU Bloomington and Indy native, will present
Katherinette(2015), a post-modern dance of kinetic texture and non-verbal communication between women. Katherinette will include live musical performances of Handel’s cantata Delirio Amoroso, by Megan Roth (Soprano), Eunji Lee (Harpsichord), and Kwoongyak Min (Cello).

Keith Johnson, Full Professor of Dance at California State University Long Beach, Artistic Director of Keith Johnson/Dancers and former member of Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Doug Varone and Dancers, Creech Koester, and The Ririe Woodbury Dance Company, will premiere
Remembering the Reds While Traveling This Sensitive Pink Earth, a solo for Nugent set to solo piano by composer Robert J. P. Oberg.

Nugent Dances’s title-work
Mapping the Aether, will close the show. Choreographer/performers Nugent and Lappas join forces with Bloomington composer/performer Scott Kellogg, Lighting Designer David Lapham (IMA), Dramaturge Selene Carter, Video Artist Sharon Zhu, and Costume Designer Amy Beth Burrell to present an ambitious and sensual exploration into how experience and meaning are shaped by and translated through the body. Relationships between finite structure and ephemeral contents are expressed through choreographed and improvised movement, live and recorded sound, as well as minimal spoken-word, all designed to inspire dialogue between one's intellect and the senses.

Stephanie Nugent New to Indianapolis, Artistic Director Stephanie Nugent grew up in the research triangle area of North Carolina, earned a BFA in modern dance from the The University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and spent most of the past twenty four years based in Utah and California, where she earner her MFA in Choreography and Performance at California State University, Long Beach. In addition to directing Nugent Dance since 2001, Stephanie has been a touring member of dance companies including the Ririe Woodbury Dance Company, Keith Johnson/Dancers, Victoria Marks, and Malashock Dance and Company, and has collaborated extensively with independent concert dance, improvisation, and theater artists including Shel Wagner Rasch, Stefan Fabry, Carmela Hermann, Kristen Smiarowski, Kim Epifano, and Virginia Grise. Her creative projects, rooted in social issues surrounding empathy and communication, are realized through contemporary dance, contact improvisation, and interdisciplinary collaboration, and have been commissioned/presented by venues including Dance New Amsterdam (NYS), Theater Aicoli (Padova, Italy), California Institute of the Arts, Sushi Visual and Performance Art, Conder Dance (Phoenix, AZ) and Santa Barbara Dance Theater among others. Stephanie’s awards and accolades include The 2002 Santa Barbara Arts Council’s Individual Artist Award for Choreography, a Lester Horton Award for Outstanding Small Ensemble Performance, an Individual Artist Grant from the Indiana Arts Council, and critical praise from publications including The Los Angeles Times, Dance Magazine, and The New York Times. She has held academic posts at CalArts and UC Santa Barbara (Tenured Associate Professor) and, since moving to Indy in 2013, she has served as guest faculty at The Ohio State University, Ball State University, Butler University, and Anderson University. Stephanie currently serves on the faculty in the Department of Drama, Theatre and Contemporary Dance at Indian University Bloomington, teaching post-modern/contemporary dance technique, contact improvisation, and dance studies. She also continues to practice and teach contact improvisation, leading workshops with the Great Lakes Area Contact Improvisation Enthusiasts Retreat (GLACIER), the Portland Contact Improvisation Jam, and as an independent artist in southern California, Indiana, and Ohio. Since 2009 Stephanie has also facilitated 28 Hourglass events throughout throughout CA, IN, and NY, with composer/partner Robin Cox. Mapping the Aether, signifies the premiere of Nugent Dance in Indianapolis and the budding partnership of Nugent and fellow performer Suzanne Lappas.

Suzanne Lappas is an Indianapolis native who’s dance career has taken her to the San Francisco Bay Area and home again, with some traveling and international touring along the way.  Her work is based in release technique, improvisation, contact improvisation, and interdisciplinary collaboration.  In San Francisco she was a collaborative member of Avy K Productions, Kunst-Stoff, Limbinal (co-founder), Lisa Townsend Company, MotionLab/La Alternativa, ODC Dance, Project Agora, Scott Wells & Dancers, and Smith-Wymore Disappearing Acts.  She has also been a guest performer with David Dorfman Dance, the Joe Goode Performance Group, and Robert Moses' Kin. Last fall Suzanne began a collaborative process with fellow performer Stephanie Nugent in a new work by IUB Assistant Professor Selene Carter, following which she was invited to join Stephanie Nugent in the development of a new duet partnership.  Performance accolades include "San Francisco Chronicle's Top Ten Performances" and "Top Bay Area Artist".  Suzanne is an adjunct faculty member of the Department of Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance at Indiana University, Bloomington.  Previous collegiate teaching includes engagements at Sonoma State University, the University of California, Berkeley, and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.  Suzanne holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and French and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.