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The Denison Department of Dance presents What Does Not Stand Still, their fall dance concert featuring choreography by Visiting Assistant Professors Molly Shanahan ‘90 and Michael J. Morris, with performances by 14 Denison dance students. The concert will take place Thursday-Saturday, December 7-9, 8pm in the Doane Dance Performance Space.
The concert is free and open to the public, and ticket reservations are recommended. For more information and reservations, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 740-587-6712.
Because the performance space is not wheelchair accessible, the concert will be videoed and livestreamed all three nights. Please check back soon for more information about accessing the livestream.
What Does Not Stand Still presents three unique dances created using a range of processes and developed under distinct conditions. From both long-term professional choreographic research and processes embedded in Department of Dance curriculum, these pieces together ask viewers to consider individual and collective bodies as sites of manifold possibilities and dances as occasions with which to examine those possibilities. In this sense, a dance concert is offered as an opportunity to not only appreciate and enjoy the spectacle of moving bodies but also to contemplate how bodies move through the world and how those movements shape the ways bodies come to matter.
Molly Shanahan’s new work for six advanced technique students at Denison explores Shanahan’s spiraling, gestural, and sensual movement vocabulary punctuated by each dancer’s pursuit of individuality within the group. The raw movement for Shanahan’s piece is also part of a larger ensemble project for her Chicago-based company Molly Shanahan/Mad Shak. Of Whales, Time, and Your Last Attempt to Reach Me premieres in March 2018 at The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago. This iteration, titled Archives Pulled From Water features Jaley Bruursema ‘20, Emily Farrow ‘18, Nayeli Hernandez Arredondo ‘20, Bridget Ryan ‘19, and Vaval Victor ‘20.
Blackbird’s Ventriloquy: Nights With Pandora is an iteration of Shanahan’s long-time solo performance project that began with her groundbreaking work My Name is a Blackbird (2007). Chicago dance critics have described her current movement as “organic and idiosyncratic, virtuosic in embodiment, labyrinthine, gestural….People think a dancer is her body, but, as Shanahan shows with each investigation of the undercurve, a dancer is how her body thinks” (Irene Hsiao, The Chicago Reader).
SHE MOVE SHE brings together eight women to investigate questions about how our movements might move with absence and difference. Emerging from decisions negotiated by the performers’ within established constraints during each performance, the dance reflects on how bodies are set into motion—by social movements, by calls to action, by the voices and bodies of others, and by voices and bodies who are not here. SHE MOVE SHE works within minimalist and task-based aesthetics to render an experiment in sociality between the bodies on stage, the bodies of the audience, and the bodies of those who are absent. The cast includes Maïlys Dagan ‘19, Emily Farrow ‘18, Leah Hansler ‘18, Jordann Kea ‘20, Briahna Lawson ‘18, Hayley LeBlanc ‘20, Fumika Miyamoto ‘18, and Bridget Ryan ‘19.
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