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CONDER/dance presents: ANIMA

May 15, 2021 – May 15, 2021
Taliesin West

Beginning in 1938, Frank Lloyd Wright established Taliesin West—recently named a UNESCO World Heritage site—as a place of community, art, innovation, and performance. Now, we’re carrying on that legacy and inviting you to be part of it.

Following in the tradition of innovation and live performance, CONDER/dance presents Anima, an exciting array of vibrant Arizona choreographers in an evening of dance.  Featuring contemporary dance from a wide range of styles and voices, this event provides a cross-section of the dance artists rising in Arizona.  Located in the historic Pavilion theater at Taliesin West, this performance honors the creative spirit through the beauty and power of movement.


Saturday May 15, 2021


5:30 p.m. –  Members show and reception RESERVE TICKETS

6:00 p.m. – Members reception only RESERVE TICKETS

6:30 p.m. – 45 minute evening tour, General Admission to 7:30 performance BUY TICKETS

7:30 p.m. – General Admission RESERVE TICKETS

About the Founder & CONDER/dance:

Carley Conder is Artistic Director of CONDER/dance, founded in Arizona in 2003. CONDER/dance is a resident arts organization at Tempe Center for the Arts and the producing of the annual dance festival Breaking Ground.  CONDER/dance has also enjoyed performances at venues throughout Arizona including Scottsdale Center for the Arts, Orpheum Theater, Mesa Arts Center, Phoenix Art Museum, and the Clarendon Hotel.  Carley’s creative work has been presented by White Wave at Dixon Place (NYC), Chez Bushwick at the Center for Performance Research (Brooklyn), WestFest at the Martha Graham Studios (NYC), Wave Rising at the John Ryan Theater (Brooklyn), and the Cama-i Dance Festival (Alaska). Carley has been the recipient of arts grants through the City of Tempe, Arizona Commission on the Arts, Maricopa Center for Learning and Instruction, Target Arts Grants and the Consulate General of Israel. Carley is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Dance in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University.

CONDER|dance is committed to enhancing the cultural vibrancy of its home community in Arizona. By creating vibrant new works, providing platforms for artists to present innovative voices in dance and building bridges worldwide through international cultural exchange, CONDER|dance’s objective is to enlarge the artistic environment that is vital to the cultural fabric of Arizona.

Choreographer Bios:

David Olarte is a Latinx social dancer who performed and taught salsa for the past 20 years, both nationally and internationally with the Seaon ‘Stylists’ Dance company and as director and founder of Stilo. Stilo recently performed at Jacob’s Pillows Inside Out festival in 2017, work that integrates a multidisciplinary approach towards social performance while bridging various communities. David is currently a lecturer for ASU’s School of Music, Dance, and Theatre, teaching Latinx social dance forms and supporting the student goals towards developing the salsa community on campus. He’s currently pursuing a PHD in Theatre Performance of the Americas and researching where social dance lives within our communities.

Alicia-Lynn Nascimento Castro transitioned into dance after training as an elite gymnast. She graduated from the University of Arizona with a BFA in dance. Since moving to Phoenix she has performed with the Black Theatre Troupe and presented work at the BlakTinx Dance Festival, Breaking Ground, Beta Dance festival and at the Phoenix Art Museum with Jam Movement and Sentidos Dance. Alicia is currently creating projects and teaching at Arizona State University, Glendale Community College and Grand Canyon University.

Lawrence Fung was in the concrete jungle of Hong Kong and the American Southwest, the presence of contrast has been a common theme in the dance works, films, and photographs that Lawrence creates.  The self-taught photographer and filmmaker has a particular interest in finding details and patterns in his worldly encounters. Inspired by the vastly diverse landscapes, urban architectures, and environments we live in, Fung finds purpose in uncovering the hidden layers and stories beyond what meets the eye. He uses visual language to draw his viewers attention to an encapsulating storytelling experience by exploring the theories of composition, color, scale, and choreographed camera movement all in relation to dance. As a choreographer and movement artist, Fung is constantly exploring the integration and similarities between ballet and breaking, bringing the opposite disciplines into a free flowing harmony that exists in a new dimension without contextual boundaries. Modern masculinity, self-discovery, and religion are themes that gravitate Fung’s curiosity in his dance-making.

Amy Symonds  has danced with the Youth American Ballet Company for two seasons performing both soloist and principal roles in The Nutcracker, Firebird, Giselle, and Paquita. Locally, Amy has worked with Convergence Ballet Company, Scorpius Dance Theatre, Rogue Dance Theater, Instinct Dancecorps, ELEVATE DanceWorks, JordanDanielsDance and CONDER/dance. Currently, she is developing her own choreographic voice in addition to performing and teaching.

Emily Laird, originally from Detroit, Michigan, is a recent graduate from Arizona State University. Within her studies, she has had the opportunity to work with Kyle Abraham and Vincent Cacialano. Emily has participated in the American Collegiate Dance Association both as a dancer in 2017 and as a choreographer in 2018. Emily has danced three seasons with CONDER/dance.

Photographer:  Carlos A. Velarde

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