Issue #1 is a performance event focused on the themes and composition techniques of comic books. The performances will showcase the emotional struggles of individual characters while displaying the techniques utilized by their creators to guide the reader through the pages. These pieces will incorporate aspects of dance, theatre, projection mapping, and martial arts; which will guide the audience through the AcA offering an uncanny performance experience. With multiple perspectives of each story to be witnessed, no two viewings of the performance event will be the same. This residency strives to offer audience members who have never read a comic book, as well as devoted fans of the graphic novel genre.
Riley McCallum of Little Elm, Texas is currently a senior in the dance department at the University of Louisiana. He received his initial training in the performing arts in theatre and color guard at Little Elm High School. Continuing color guard after high school, he has performed and trained with Pride of Acadiana, University of Louisiana winter guard, Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps, Cypress Independent, and the Academy Drum and Bugle Corps. Also going into the teaching and choreographing side of the activity he has worked with numerous high school and independent groups throughout Louisiana and Texas. Since starting his dance major at UL, he has presented work at multiple Evening of Dance performance, and at the American College Dance Association Conference. His dance performance credits include chorus member in Jambalaya the Musical, dancer in the People Like Me music video, and various performances around Lafayette.