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CONDER/dance presents: Ten Tiny Dances (SOLD OUT)

April 3, 2021
Taliesin West

Experience and celebrate the legacy of performing arts at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West with a special live outdoor dance performance situated in this dynamic historic site directed by acclaimed choreographer Carley Conder.

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.

CONDER/dance presents ten Arizona choreographers in an in-person outdoor performance on the Prow of Taliesin West. Using the unique catalyst of Taliesin West, local dance artists have designed inspired intersections between dance and the work of Frank Lloyd Wright.  Presented on a 4 foot by 4 foot tiny stage, Ten Tiny Dances at Taliesin West challenges choreographers to think about space in new ways and connect with the audience on a deeper level. Two performances, 6:00p and 8:00p, provide remarkable experiences for an exclusive in-person audience.


Saturday April 3, 2021


5:00 p.m. – (SOLD OUT) 45-minute tour of Taliesin West

6:00 p.m. – (SOLD OUT)  1st Live Dance Performance

8:00 p.m. – (SOLD OUT) 2nd Live Dance Performance


6:00 p.m. – SOLD OUT 1st Performance


8:00 p.m. – SOLD OUT 2nd Performance

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.

Photography by Ashley Lorraine Baker, courtesy of CONDER|dance

About the Artists:

Sam Arrow grew up dancing in Yuma, AZ and later trained at the University of Arizona, earning a BFA in Dance. They then became a physical therapist, specializing in pelvic floor therapy. Sam prioritizes the upliftment of queer voices in their work as a PT and artistic and private life. They are a Permanent Artist in Residence with NueBOX and creates dance works as a form of micro-activism.

Liliana Gomez, who is originally from Guadalajara Mexico, has been choreographing in Phoenix for many years. She has set work on many dance companies, community colleges and universities. As a choreographer Liliana is passionate about sharing dance with the community and in so she choreographs for dance to happen in public spaces, galleries, canals, museums, gardens, rivers, libraries, art centers and more. Offering dance to everyone in spaces were community gather.

Liliana teaches weekly dance classes at; Phoenix Center for the Arts where she is the department head.  Liliana is the managing director for the BlakTinx Dance Festival for both Phoenix and Los Angeles, a dance festival that showcases the work of black and Latinx choreographers. Liliana was recently invited to participate in the National Presenters Forum at Jacobs Pillow, a Choreographer for Dance in the Desert; A gathering of Latinx Dance Artist. She is the 2015 Cliff Keuter Dance Artist Award for The Phoenix Mayor’s Arts Award. A finalist nominee for the Governor’s Arts award for 2017 and 2018 and Phoenix’s Magazines “40 under 40” in the Artist category. Liliana is well invested in her community and serves on many local boards where she advocates for access to arts for all.

Diane McNeal Hunt: I love the rehearsal process, the opportunity to excavate, explore and create until the soul of the dance emerges. Creating is alive and rich with human, honest, collaborative, meaningful commitment and participation. Creativity is my sanctuary. I source what lies within. As choreographer, I must impart intention — the “WHY” of the dance. Then dancers’ movements become potent, awakening consciousness, stirring reflection and making connections with the audience. Artistic energy lifts global vibration to the highest frequencies of compassion, love and peace for all living beings and our planet. Choreographing, performing and teaching, since 1980, as part of the AZ dance community, fills me with gratitude.  

Shelly Hawkins founded Hawkinsdance in 2017 as a way to bring contemporary dance to the forefront of the art scene in Tucson, and to provide a platform for her fellow artists. She has choreographed for both the proscenium stage, film, and non-traditional spaces including the Phoenix Art Museum and the Tucson Museum of Art (TMA). She believes contemporary dance is an intrinsically compelling expression of contemporary art that belongs alongside and in communion with other forms of visual art, to be experienced, enjoyed, and critiqued in much the same manner.

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. Keith has performed with the Bebe Miller Company and currently performs and is rehearsal director with Liz Lerman. He has taught master classes and workshops in Contemporary Technique, choreography and partnering globally including serving as a master company teacher for Sasha Waltz & Dancers (Berlin), he has taught at TsEKh Summer Dance School Moscow Russia, the International Dance Festival (Kyoto, Sapporo, Tokyo Japan), Tanzwerkstatt Europa Festival (Munich), Berlin, Paris, Montpelier France and the Korea Dance Festival (Seoul, Korea). Keith has been faculty at the Florida Dance Festival, American Dance Festival, has served on several university faculties, such as Mason Gross School of the Arts Dance Department at Rutgers University. Keith is the Director of Dance for Arizona State University.

Halley Willcox has an MFA in Dance from Arizona State University and received her BFA in Dance from Texas Christian University.  Halley works as faculty associate at Grand Canyon University and Arizona State University, as well as teaching workshops regionally and internationally. Halley is the director of Methods of Madness Dance Theater, an outlet for her creative work which ranges from experimental minimalism with a sense of adventure to placemaking rooted in community building through movement exploration. She is inspired by curiosity, legacy, preservation, memory, nature and binoculars. Halley is a permanent artist in residence (2019- Present) and Director of Marketing and Communications at [nueBOX], a non-profit arts organization that provides performance residency programing for artists based in Phoenix. She is co-director of sister beasts, an international collaboration with Paty Solórzano, which consists of a series of theatrical duets that questions social norms, and explore feminism and womanhood through lived experience. 

Eduardo Zambrana is a dancer, choreographer, and educator from Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia. As a dancer, he has performed with Hawkinsdance and Convergence Ballet Company and danced works by many well-known artists such as Larry Keigwin, Banning Bouldin, and Autumn Eckman. Eduardo is a candidate for the M.F.A. in dance with a specialization in performance and choreography at the University of Arizona, where he also teaches non-major dance classes. His research focuses on the relationship between movement, touch, and emotion, both for the performers and the spectators. He believes that this is fundamental to enriching the lives of people in our community.

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