Where Theory and Function Intersect
Weeks of intensive classroom and studio work will pay off this weekend when students in an applied-choreography class present the 2012 Dance Theatre Group (DTG) concert, Freshworks. Directed by Sarah Skaggs, director of dance, Freshworks opens tonight (Fri., April 27) at 8 p.m. in Mathers Theatre, and runs Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
The student-choreographers studied the works of contemporary photographers, installation artists, composers and videographers and pored over critical texts. Then, they took to the studio to merge theory with practice, creating personal, political and poetic pieces that draw fire from diverse sources, such as author Eleanor Antin and musician/director Kanye West. “As they reflected on their research and moved through the questions and meanings generated by and on their bodies, [the students] pushed for new ways to transcend expectations," says Dawn Springer, instructor of applied choreography and postgraduate fellow of dance.
According to DTG president Anna Ciriani Dean ’12, the results are as unique as the creative minds that produced them. “Each of the student choreographers has explored their own definitions of dance and, more importantly, of themselves and their world,” Dean writes. “We have each … uncovered different truths.”
By MaryAlice Bitts-Jackson
Photos by A. Pierce Bounds '71