Upcoming Spring Residency

Litza Bixler sitting in a white dress with wingsUW–Madison Division of the Arts welcomes Litza Bixler as the Spring 2021 Interdisciplinary Artist-in-Residence. Bixler is a choreographer, filmmaker, movement director, artist, and writer. During the residency, she will encourage students to focus on their creative and collaboration skills. The “Creativity, Collaboration, and the Creation of Self” course will be presented in two sections. The first section examines creativity in context. The second section explores creative collaboration and will culminate in a public exhibition of films and images entitled Boundaries, Borders & Belonging.

Depending on the status of COVID-19, the work will be live, virtual or both. It will be created by Bixler and the students and feature stories collected from students, faculty, and members of the public.

The Spring 2021 Interdisciplinary Arts Residency Program is presented by the UW–Madison Division of the Arts and hosted by the Dance Department with Professor Li Chiao-Ping as lead faculty. The Art Department and Communication Arts Department are also co-sponsors of the residency.

Litza BixlerLitza Bixler headshot is a choreographer, filmmaker, movement director, visual artist, and writer who has produced work on stage, screen, mountains, and galleries. Bixler works across the spheres of art, performance, and film and has been a working artist and educator since 1995.

In addition to creating movement and action for some of the most iconic scenes in film including Shaun of the Dead, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, and The World’s End, Bixler has collaborated on a movie musical, a musical series for Disney, and a salsa dance comedy.  She has also worked with a variety of award-winning performers such as: Hugh Jackman, Colin Firth, Simon Pegg, Lake Bell, Sienna Miller, Nick Frost, David Beckham, Bill Nighy, Jude Law, and Sam Rockwell.

She has created live-pieces, screenplays, and paintings and worked on numerous award-winning advertisements. She has also produced live-art and physical theater pieces with her company Litza Bixler Performance. Bixler is a dual national and often explores liminal spaces, thresholds, and metaphorical journeys in her work.

Creativity, Collaboration, and the Creation of the Self

Course: Integrated Arts 310/610 (3 cr.) or Integrated Arts 330 (1 cr.)
Day/Time: Monday & Wednesday | 3:30-6:00 p.m. (synchronous)
Limit: 16 students across any discipline
Location: Held remotely with the possibility for in-person
Prereq: None, but an interview is suggested with Litza Bixler for the three-credit option. The emphasis of the course is on creativity as a whole. No prior movement, performance, media, or visual art training is required.

Non UW-Madison students will need to apply in advance for special (non-degree) student access at: acsss.wisc.edu/special-student-types/

Description: This course focuses on the development of creativity and collaboration as base skills that can be applied to a wide variety of fields. The aim is to help students grow as creators and thinkers, and to practice communicating their ideas in an intensely collaborative environment.

The course will run as two distinct sections. The first section examines creativity in context. The second section explores creative collaboration and culminates in a live and/or virtual public exhibit of films, sound and images. Both sections will draw on theory and practice through lecture and discussion, creative labs, and workshops, as well as research and participation in the creative process.

The final collaborative piece examines the movement of people across borders and boundaries. Students will explore diaspora, geography, and immigration as essential and positive sources of identity and ask what it means to be ‘from’ a particular place or country. Students will explore at how we move: literally, metaphorically and culturally, and examine the subtext of the question “where are you from?”.

The course will introduce guest artists and speakers from diverse disciplines. It is ideal for students who are interested in developing and enhancing their creativity. It is also for those who wish to push the boundaries of their field by generating innovative and game changing ideas. Students should be prepared to work with their bodies, with physical media, and with a variety of plastic art forms, sound, and technologies to produce their creative products.

Guest artists include Sean de Sperango, Simon Aeppli, and Paul Machliss.

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