Webster Hosts Tymberly Canale, Linas Phillips for Spring Choreography Residency

| February 19, 2015
Canale returns to Webster

Award-winning New York-based choreographer and Webster alumna Tymberly Canale works with Webster students during a residency in February 2015.

Webster University hosted New York-based choreographer and Webster alumna Tymberly Canale, and Los Angeles actor-writer-director Linas Phillips, for a weeklong residency Wednesday Feb. 11-18, with their piece to be performed in April by students in the Department of Dance of Webster University’s Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts.

Canale and Phillips delivered an audition and master class in preparation for the Webster University Dance Ensemble’s Spring Concert, where their piece will be performed. A reception and preview of the completed piece was open to the Webster community Feb. 18 in the Loretto-Hilton Center Jean and Wells Hobler Center for Dance studios and lounge.

“The Department of Dance warmly welcomed the return of Tymberly to set a creative dance theatre work for her alma mater,” says Beckah Reed, artistic director of the Webster University Dance Ensemble. “The work set by the creative partnership of Tymberly Canale and Linas Phillips utilizes spoken text and innovative movement that we wanted to share with the Webster community prior to its official premiere in April.”

Dance Ensemble Residency

As part of a weeklong residency at Webster, writer-director Linas Phillips teamed with Webster alumna Tymberly Canale for a piece to be performed by the Webster University Dance Ensemble April 17-19.

Canale, originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is a dancer, actor, choreographer and educator who has collaborated and performed with New York-based Big Dance Theater since 1995, most recently performing in “Alan Smithee Directed This Play” at the 2014 BAM Harvey Next Wave Festival.

She also appeared alongside Mikhail Baryshnikov in “Man in a Case” in an extensive 2013/2014 U.S. tour. She received a 2010 New York Dance and Performance Award (Bessie) for her role in Big Dance Theater’s “Comme Toujours Here I Stand.”

Phillips is an actor, writer and director mostly working in film and television. In 2004 he co-created “Our Little Sunbeam”  with the Seattle based dance theater company, 33 Fainting Spells, which toured 9 cities across the country. For his work in film, he has been recognized by publications such as Filmmaker magazine, The Seattle Times, and Entertainment Weekly. In 2010, his first narrative feature film, “Bass Ackwards,” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. More recently, Linas had guest starring roles on HBO’s “Eastbound and Down” as well as The Duplass Brother’s new series, “Togetherness.” Linas co-created “Dinosaurs and Sea Hawks,” a dance film with Ezra Dickinson that premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival in 2014.

April 17-19: See Canale and Phillips’ Piece Performed by Webster Dance Ensemble

The dance theatre piece set by Canale and Phillips will be performed in the Webster University Dance Ensemble Spring Concert April 17-19 at the Loretto-Hilton Center in the Browning Mainstage Theatre. For more information on Webster University Dance Ensemble’s Spring Concert or the Department of Dance, call 314-246-7747, email dance@webster.edu or visit the department website at www.webster.edu/dance.

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