The Capital Times ran an article about Litza Bixler, UW – Madison’s Spring 2021 Interdisciplinary Artist in Residence.
Describing Bixler as a choreographer, writer, teacher, costume designer, visual artist and filmmaker, the article notes that she is perhaps best known for “a scene from a movie where everyone does the same thing.”
He goes on to explain that Bixler was the “zombie choreographer” of Edgar Wright’s 2004 cult horror comedy, “Shaun of the Dead.”
“In the title sceneThe article says, “We see ordinary people walking around their mornings in perfect unison – checking their phones, listening to music on their headphones. It’s a spiritual harbinger of later scenes in which armies of the living dead move through the streets in frightening comedic formation.
“The possibilities of movement and the emotions it can arouse have interested Bixler throughout his career,” the article explains. Last semester, she brought this fascination to UW – Madison.
The course Bixler taught in the spring of 2021, “Creativity, Collaboration, and Self-Creation,” blended academic theory and artistic practice to explore the nature of creativity.
“I had run workshops for adults as part of a creative collaboration, so I started playing around with those ideas,” Bixler told The Capital Times. “I wanted to give them a little more of a theoretical basis. It was the intention of the course, to bring in the historical literature that supported much of the process work that I had done as a living and breathing artist.
The Spring 2021 Interdisciplinary Arts Residency Program (IARP) was presented by UW – Madison’s Arts Division and hosted by the School of Education’s Dance department, with the teacher Li Chiao-Ping as a head teacher. Co-sponsors include the School of Education Department of Art and the Department of Communication Arts.
Read the Capital Times’ full profile by Bixler on madison.com.