The University of Texas’ Dance Repertory Theatre held its first performance on Friday since the death of student Haruka Weiser, a fellow dancer.
The two-and-a-half hour modern-dance performance, Bodies & Souls, opened to a nearly packed house at the B. Iden Payne Theatre, and was a tribute to Weiser, who authorities say was killed and found at Waller Creek on Tuesday. Weiser appeared on Friday’s program as part of the wardrobe crew.
During the intermissions between the performances, an “In Loving Memory of Haruka Weiser” was projected onto the backdrop of the stage.
Dance instructor Holly Williams noted at a Thursday vigil for Weiser that the dance program has only 60 students — a small community that’s wrestling with the loss of Weiser.
As the final portion of the performance drew to a close, and the last lines of Sam Cooke’s “A Change is Gonna Come” played, several of the dancers tried to hold back sobs.