Taliesin LIVE Presents ANIMA – A Dance Performance Celebrating a History of Discovery

January 18, 2020
Taliesin West

Experience and celebrate the legacy of performing arts at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West with a special live dance performance directed by acclaimed choreographer Carley Conder. ANIMA is part one in a three-part dance series created by Carley Conder and performed at 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. Experience Wright’s winter home and desert laboratory like never before with the premiere of acclaimed choreographer Carley Conder’s premiere of “In the Direction of the Unknown”; inspired by Wright’s ongoing desire for discovery and referencing historic dance productions by Wright’s daughter, Iovanna Lloyd Wright.

Sharing this event will be artists Mary Fitzgerald, Eileen Standley and Keith A. Thompson, all esteemed Arizona State University dance faculty from the Herberger Institute of Design and the Arts. The real-time dance composition titled “Unsteady Currents” is designed and performed by Mary Fitzgerald and Eileen Standley, and will be accompanied by musicians Doug Nottingham and Barry Moon. Keith A. Thompson, recently appointed Director of Dance at Arizona State University, presents his work “Axioms Between Frames in Time,” which explores the correlations between choreography and film cinematography processes.

Exclusive Offer (Optional)

Begin your experience at Taliesin West with a Night Lights Tour before the performance. Normally priced at $50 per person, we’re offering Taliesin LIVE performance guests this tour at $30. The romance of Taliesin West comes to life during this special evening tour, an excellent date night activity. Taliesin West’s fire-breathing dragon makes a guest appearance while Wright’s desert masterpiece glows warmly like a jewel under Arizona’s starry skies.


Saturday January 18, 2020


6 p.m. – Optional Night Lights Tour

6:30 p.m. – Host Bar Reception

7 p.m. – Doors Open

7:30 p.m. – Live Dance Performance

Meet & greet with host bar to follow at the conclusion of the performance


Ticket includes pre-event host bar and post-event hosted meet and greet reception

with the artists.

General Admission: $35; $31.50 for Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation members



Performance with Night Lights Tour: $65; $61.50 for Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation members. 


Members must provide proof of membership at check-in.

About the Artists

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.

Carley Conder is Artistic Director of CONDER|dance, founded in Arizona in 2003. She has concentrated her artistic efforts through creating, teaching, producing and performing in the Phoenix area and nationally.

Keith A. Thompson, choreographer, teacher, dancer, completed his MFA Research Fellowship in Dance from Bennington College in 2003, danced internationally for the Trisha Brown Dance Company from 1992-2001, served as Trisha’s Rehearsal Assistant from 1998-2001, has performed with the Bebe Miller Company and currently performs and is rehearsal director for Liz Lerman and is an Associate Artist with Dance Exchange. Keith has recently relocated to Tempe, Arizona to become the Director of Dance at Arizona State Univerisity.

Eileen Standley is an artist who works with a variety of media in performance or installation settings. What she creates is predominantly influenced by her background as a choreographer and dancer. Her work crosses disciplines of dance making, video art, installation, and performance art. It is informed by practices of realtime composition/ improvisation, live art, somatically-driven investigations and collaborative tendencies. Her artistic research often explores a threshold moment before gesture manifests itself in the material world. Consciousness, the metaphysical, and radically shifting states of body/mind are recurring themes of inquiry.

Mary Fitzgerald is a choreographer, performer, educator and socially engaged arts practitioner. She was a member of Kei Takei’s Moving Earth for nearly ten years, performing and teaching internationally. She also has danced with Fred Darsow Dance, A Ludwig Dance Theatre, and many independent choreographers throughout the U.S. Mary has been a guest artist for several professional companies and dance programs in the United States, Europe, Japan, China, Mexico, India, Colombia, and Israel. Her choreography has received funding from the Ministry of Culture in Mexico, the Arizona Commission on the Arts, the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts and the Japan Foundation. She won the Arizona Choreography Competition in 2005 and received an Artists Project Award in 2006.  In 2018, she was honored with the Phoenix Mayor’s Arts Award/Dance Artist.


Photo credit: Belleboche


This project is supported in part by the Arizona Commission on the Arts which receives support from the State of Arizona and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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