The UNCG School of Dance is proud to announce “Symphysis,” the 2018 BFA Thesis concert. “Symphysis” features original choreographic work by 11 senior BFA Dance students presented April 20- 22
The UNCG School of Dance is proud to announce “Symphysis,” the 2018 BFA Thesis concert. “Symphysis” features original choreographic work by 11 senior BFA Dance students presented in 2 programs on April 20 at 8pm, April 21 at 2 & 8pm, and April 22 at 2pm.
Program 1 will be performed on Friday, April 20 at 8 pm and Saturday, April 21 at 2 pm, featuring: “Signaling,” by Hannah Long, an investigation of communication and how people use different methods to relate information to each other without necessarily using words. Inspired by research into Morse Code, Long examines what it is like to communicate through the sounds created by Tap Dance and Contemporary Dance gestures.
“Totality,” choreographed by Sarina Kurrimbukus, is a reflection of her experience witnessing the August 2017 total solar eclipse. This piece is an expression through movement of the amazement and wonder that she experienced witnessing the eclipse.
“Blue Boy,” created by Ariana Guzmán, focuses on the habits and coping mechanisms of a child living with Autism. The gestures and patterns she has observed serve as the inspiration for the movement in the piece.
Ashlee Dance’s “Conclude the Limbo” shows both the struggle of feeling stuck in a never-ending cycle of unhealthy relationships and the path of growth and realizations, as one separates themselves from toxicity.
“When I Get to Come Home,” by Kaykeel Dillard, explores the seven stages of Alzheimer’s Disease. The movement portrays the internal and external symptoms of the disease.
Program 2 will be presented on Saturday, April 21 at 8 pm and Sunday April 22 at 2 pm, with:
“Simple Contentment,” choreographed by Aimee Butsch, demonstrates the simple state of peaceful happiness and contentment.
“(Evol)ve,” created by Meghan Hartnett, maintains that confidence is about believing in yourself and unconditionally accepting your abilities.
Jena Barton’s “Ipseity” explores how our individuality exists as an ephemeral definition since the human experience leaves us in constant flux. Exploring and accepting our own ephemerality allows us to observe our existence in a way that fosters our understanding of the universe and our relationship to it.
“Write Me When You Get Home,” by Benja Newnam, utilizes the invention of a movement alphabet to explore the unavoidable eventuality of miscommunication. Consequences are demonstrated in the context of the golden record, which was a gold-plated disc shot into space on Voyager I and II with the intent of communicating with extraterrestrial life.
“Apathy,” choreographed by Lauren Vanessa Watson, examines the “Bystander Effect” as a social psychological phenomenon in which individuals are less likely to offer help to a victim when other people are present. The greater the number of bystanders, the less likely it is that any one of them will help.
Both programs will conclude with a performance of Jacquelyn Batten’s “afro-,” an ode to blackness, afrocentricity, and the culture that encompasses them. Dance and music are at the heart of africanist expression and emits a sensation that is not only seen, but felt.
Tickets for all performances are available from the Triad Stage Box Office at 336-272-0160, at http://triadstage.org/tickets or through the UNCG School of Dance Box Office. The School of Dance Box Office opens two hours prior to teach show.
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