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Presented By: School of Music, Theatre & Dance

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BFA Senior Dance Concert

Content Advisory: Parts of this show are created for adults only. Viewer discretion is advised due to themes, audio, and images of natural disaster impacts, explicit violence, death, suicide, racism, sexism, sex, prostitution, and drugs.

This performance features the choreography and performance work of Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance seniors as they near completion of their degree. Lydia Dunn, Stephanie Gennusa, Rowan Janusiak, Mariah Stevens, Kevin Wang, and Sasha Yakovenko will each present a solo and a group dance, featuring additional dance majors.

Stephanie Gennusa examines and challenges the capitalistic urge to attach self-value to one’s labor and productivity in their group work, we all fake it till we die. Gennusa’s solo, Have We Met Before?, utilizes multimedia techniques to explore the multitude of different ways to view one body in time and space.

Rowan Janusiak shares their journey of body reclamation and dissonance in their solo, frangible virility. They investigate what it means to be perceived by the world when you don't want to be perceived at all. Janusiak’s group, the motive behind the game is self-protection, grapples with the phenomenon of how closely pleasure and violence exist in our bodies: questioning ideologies society has created around pleasure, specifically the stigmitization of sex and how pleasure can be reclaimed as a force for transformative activism.

Tal Ayala Kamin explores the intersection of tradition, community, and individuality in Echad Mi Yodea, a group work defining the importance of knowing where you come from in order to know where you are going. Her solo, Yes, focuses on the evolution of self, through the use of spoken word and media projection.

Mariah Stevens’ work, Unity within Diversity, is an afrobeat hip hop fusion dance celebration, woven with hints of contemporary, vogue, and street dance. It emphasizes the power of togetherness, as individual differences join forces to create something amazing. Her solo investigates themes of healing, restoration, and contentment.

Kevin Wang’s solo, a space to call my own, explores the purpose of personal space and examines how much space we have. Wang’s group, I am us, investigates the relationship between a person and their respective communities in order to answer the question: Who do we represent?

Sasha Yakovenko’s two dances can be conceptualized as an analysis of his own mind and experiences. His solo, The Fool on the Hill Stares to Kilimanjaro, is centered around ideas of loss and failure due to one’s own folly and imperfections. Yakovenko’s group, Burning Down the House, presents a dark, satirical perspective on American culture; where sexuality and white-goodness are presented in various forms of media to distract from the darkness that forms the foundation of societal stability and rots away at the core of the world.

The Friday night concert will be available for livestreamed at https://myumi.ch/DanceWatch

Cost

  • General admission $10 - at the door

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