Creating Shakespeare - 2016
El Salon - 2010
This enchanting piece was an exploration of what it means to be at the threshold, however that applies. While it does take inspiration from the Mexican-American border it relays to all aspects of life and the feeling of beginning something new.
Meetings Along the Edge - 2009
The International Dance Learning Project - 2009
In May of 2009 the CDI traveled halfway across the world to China where they taught and performed at Nanjing Normal University. The immersion into an unknown culture forever impacted the company as they continue to shape the world of dance. Luckily, in order to capture it all they posted their travels and experiences on the following blog. If you would like to learn more and see what the dancers had to say please check it out.
Billy Sunday - 2006
German Songs - 1998
From its initial impression “German Songs” seems to be the tense relationship between a couple; however, another meaning lies within Stifler’s own past. As a chairman of the Department of Music and Dance Program she found issues within the bureaucracy and used this dance as a way to express her frustrations. The performance not only speaks to Stifler’s history but also the evolution of a relationship.
“Chaos” is unlike the many other dances CDI has performed as it started with the hope of creating something new through improvisation. After a bit of time and some imagination the dance found its way to be an invigorating performance that took a humorous look at the improvisational nature of jazz and the carnivorous qualities of love.
Daughters of Myth - 2006
A quartet of sultry female dancers move about the stage first seducing and then destroying those who cross their path. Notable for its stunning costume art pieces that symbolize the transformation of these four women into sculptures of the angry ice maidens that they become.
Day of the Rope - 2005
A stirring dance that conveys the story of the sometimes violent Irish immigrant group known as the Molly McGuires who fought for labor reforms in 19th century America. The singing of Kathy Cowen, renowned singer of traditional Irish ballads, accompanies the piece and lends a powerful infusion of authenticity. Seven dancers evoke the men and women caught up in this movement and portray the day its leaders were hanged.
Dvorak Suite - 2004
Commissioned by the Ravinia Festival to celebrate the 100th birthday of Anton Dvorak and his experience in America. Set to Dvorak’s “Humoresque” and “Slavonic Dances” this work is a dance that spoofs stock images of classical dance. This work includes six dancers dressed in stylizes tutus and tights who create a playful satire of pretensions to high art.