Theatre/dance department to present ‘I Have Nothing Burning’ April 23-May 1

April 17, 2010

The Luther College theatre/dance department will present seven performances of “I Have Nothing Burning,” an original, collaborative, evening-length dance performance, April 23-May 1.

Opening night is Friday, April 23, at 7:30 p.m. The show continues with evening performances Saturday, April 24; Thursday, April 29; Friday, April 30; and Saturday, May 1, at 7:30 p.m., and matinee performances on Saturday, April 24, and Saturday, May 1, at 1:30 p.m. Each performance includes a gallery installation in the atrium of the Center for the Arts and informal discussion with performers and collaborators following the performance.

All performances will be in Jewel Theatre in the Center for the Arts. Tickets for the performances are available for $10 at the Luther College Box Office, telephone (563) 387-1357, open Monday through Friday, 9 to 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., also open late Thursday until 7 p.m.  Tickets can also be purchased at the door prior to performances and online at

“I Have Nothing Burning” enacts various associations with its title: motivation, lethargy, secret-holding, confession, refusal, coercion and truth-telling. Set, lights, costume and music construct the environment for the piece's myriad of conceptual and personal worlds.

Collaborators from the Luther theatre/dance department include Amanda Hamp, assistant professor of dance, choreographer; Tom Berger, technical director, set designer; and Lisa Lantz, assistant professor of theatre, costume designer. Berger and Lantz each directed a crew of student workers throughout the project. 

Tom Bourcier, Luther instructor in music and theatre/dance, adapted and arranged the music score, working with and recording local musicians Paul Docken, violin; Nori Hadley, violin; Ann Streufert, violin; Hannah Beuhler, viola; and Rob Hervey, bass.                          

Performers include seniors Jennie McEllistrem and Rose Milligan; juniors Megan Kluge, Alex Lange and Kelly Jo Roth; sophomores Amanda Moran and Mike Moran; and first-year students Michaela Bram and Calli Micale.

Several Luther students worked on design and technical aspects of the project, including seniors Martha Beggerly, stage management, and Nick Broten, lighting design; and sophomores Amanda Moran and Mike Moran, gallery installation. Luther graduates will document the performance, including Aaron Bodling, class of 2003, photographer, and Gabby McNally, class of 2009, videographer.