Krannert Dress Rehearsals

The Krannert Dress Rehearsal (KDR) programs provide an opportunity to hear context about a performance from a director or other expert, and then to experience the production. The Krannert Center for the Performing Arts is an educational and performing arts complex located at 500 South Goodwin Street in Urbana. Students may register for Krannert Dress Rehearsal (KDR) events on the events calendar.

The following 2024 Krannert Dress Rehearsals are available for registration on our calendar. You must attend the talk and the performance to receive credit for the KDR. If the program is full when you go to register, please email to be placed on a waitlist, and if there is a spot open, you will be notified by the day of the events.

Studiodance 2024

Concert Director Roxane D’Orléans Juste

Date: Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Presentation:  6:30 – 7:15 p.m., Krannert Room

Performance: begins at 7:30 p.m., Studio Theatre


Professor Tere O’Connor reimagines his 2012 work Poem for this concert. Guest artist Alfonso Cervera and Associate Professor Paige Cunningham Caldarella will perform a co-choreographed duet, and third-year MFA candidates Joe Bowie and Adanya Gilmore will present their thesis works.

**May contain adult content.**

Black Square

Idea by Igor Konyukhov

Music by Ilya Demutsk

Libretto by Olga Maslova & Igor Konyukhov

Director Nathan Gunn

Conductor and Presenter Michael Tilley

Inspired by the libretto for the opera Victory over the Sun (1913) and poems by Alexei Kruchenyk

Date: Monday, April 1, 2024

Presentation: 6:30 – 7:15 p.m. Krannert Room

Performance: begins at 7:30 p.m., Tryon Festival Theatre


An absurdist fable commemorating the October Revolution, Black Square is, as described by its creators, “a tragicomic love story that mixes intellectual traditions of Russian avant-garde and the fast pacing style of an action thriller.” The work features music by Ilya Demutsky, celebrated composer of the ballets Anna Karenina and Eugene Onegin, and libretto by Olga Maslova and Igor Konyukov.

The Gangster Play: CIRCUS/CIRCUS (forcibly adapted from Brecht’s The Resistible Ris or Arturo Ui

Presenter Dan Kipp

Directed, adapted, and devised by Anderson/Gliege-Rose and The Compan

Date: Thursday, April 11, 2024

Presentation:  6:30 – 7:15 p.m., Krannert Room

Performance: begins at 7:30 p.m., Studio Theatre


Brecht’s 1941 satirical allegory of Hitler’s rise to power, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, follows the elevation of a 1930s Chicago mobster who works a corrupt political and economic system to his advantage. Set in a world of gangsters and unprincipled politicians, Brecht shows us – through wry humor – that demagogues rise only through the complicity of enablers.

**This event contains adult content.**