Fourteen undergraduate choreographers explore a wide range of themes from aesthetic beauty to the young adult experience in this semester’s Contemporary Dance Concert. Nine works will premiere at the Martha B. Knoebel Dance Theater Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m. with a Saturday matinee at 2 p.m. General admission is $20 and discounted at $16 for students, senior citizens, faculty, staff and DRC members.
Second year dance majors Jocelyn Magaña, Kaelie Osorio, Elizabeth Smith and Ashley Krost (front to back) perform in their self choreographed piece entitled “Dialogue.” According to Krost, “Dialogue” was originally two individual duets composed independently by duos Krost and Magaña and Smith and Osorio that later became a combined quartet. “This piece is really just an abstract way of looking at dialogue but through body language and movement,” Magaña says.
Entangled limbs and eye contact are main staples in “Continuance,” a duet choreographed and performed by fourth year dance majors Kaia Makihara (left) and Alexandra Rix (right). “Continuance is definitely a more abstract kind of piece and it’s really focused on abnormal and unique shapes that our bodies can make,” Rix says. “Because we’re doing our own choreography made in our own bodies for our own bodies, it’s a different experience from having someone set their work on you.”
Ami Tsutani, fourth year dance major, performs at the edge of the stage in group piece “This I believe.” The piece was choreographed by Catalina Eddy, fourth year dance major. The majority of the piece is done sitting on the edge of the stage, influenced by Eddy’s foot injury last semester that left her in a boot for several months.
Third year dance major Breanna O’Neill performs a solo in “This I believe,” choreographed by Catalina Eddy. According to Eddy, the dance dissects the value of aesthetic beauty relating to dance. “[In dance], there’s a weird thing when you are putting yourself on stage and shaping yourself to look a certain way,” Eddy says. “I was kind of grappling with that in the piece.”
Third year dance major Vanessa Cruz holds a pose in “Deterrent,” a duet choreographed by fourth year dance major Amber Morales. According to Morales, inspiration for the piece came from Cruz’s disability and Morales’ motivation to highlight it. “I’ve been in pieces where I’m kind of just there without any guidance,” Cruz says. “What I appreciate about this dance is that [Morales] really took the time to give me feedback and specific details.”