Join the Alfred University’s Performing Arts Division for the 2023 Evening of Dance featuring live performance, with integrated mixed media. This year’s concert features the 2022-2023 Marlin Miller guest artist Cayla Mae Simpson, who created a new work that will be performed by Alfred University students. The performance also features choreographic works by Alfred University faculty D. Chase Angier and Colleen Wahl and students Dani Brown, Genesis Luciano, Meira Naugle, Ro Robertson and Brenna Turner as well as lighting design by faculty Maureen Weiss.
This year’s event highlights the truly collaborative nature of the performing arts. Attendees will experience the many skilled roles Alfred University students take on in the process, including: choreographer, dancer, costume designer, costume builder, lighting designer and stage crew. This event is made possible by the generous support of the Marlin Miller Dance Residency Program, and School of Art and Design + Performing Arts Division.
Cayla Mae Simpson is a dancer, choreographer, and filmmaker based in New York City. Originally from Sapello, New Mexico, she grew up immersed in nature and is a lover of plants, agriculture and mystical narratives. Inspired by the transformative potential in immersive experiences, she works to create large scale cinematic visuals that act as the environment for narrative dance performances.
Cayla attended High School at Denver School of the Arts and later received a BFA in dance performance and BA in film and media arts from Southern Methodist University. Beyond the classroom, Cayla attended summer intensives with San Francisco Conservatory, RUBBERBANDance, The Ailey School, and Urban Bush Women. She has performed the works of Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Victor Quijada, and Ebony Williams amongst others.
She has worked as an editor and videographer for Nel Shelby Productions and as a company dancer with Kizuna Dance and The Dash Ensemble. Cayla was a 2021 artist in residence at Alfred University’s Institute of Electronic Arts. Most recently, she worked as the video director and projection designer for Jerron Herman’s solo show VITRUVIAN. Her films and installations have screened internationally, and her choreography has been performed in Texas and New York.
Performances are @ 8pm Thursday Feb 16th, Friday Feb 17th and Saturday Feb 18th in Miller Theater.