Current dance major Zak Schlegel (’13) has been hard at work over the winter break. Zak is performing with Backhausdance, the award-winning Orange County modern dance company formed by alumna Jennifer Backhaus (’94). First stop was New York City, where he danced in Backhausdance’s “Incandescent” for the annual Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) conference. The following week the company performed a new work locally, “The Margin,” at Ten Tiny Dances in Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ Off Center Festival. Zak is currently preparing with Backhausdance to perform at Dance For Life, an evening of concert dance raising funds and awareness for the fight against HIV/AIDS. Says Zak, “it has been an extremely productive break for both applying my dance studies and gaining crucial professional experience.”
Chapman dance alumnus Ben Bigler (’16) has joined Cher’s “Here We Go Again” world tour as a dancer.
This year OC-Centric: Orange County’s New Play Festival is celebrating its 10th year of showcasing the work of playwrights who call Orange County Home. The festival has found a home on the Chapman University campus, where it will stage its one-acts and full-length productions in the O. L. Halsell Foundation Studio Theatre this summer, thanks
Dance Masters at Chapman returns for a four-day extravaganza filled with lectures, guest artist master classes, and performance. This year the program will focus not only on dance but music and architecture, and how they work together on stage. “[Dance Masers] is an energy of collaboration,” says Julianne O’Brien, department chair for dance. “The purpose