Move. Moved. Moving.

Performances

The Department of Dance presents their spring dance concert titled Move Moved Moving, featuring works by Visiting Artist Molly Shanahan ’90 and Denison professor and choreographer Sandra Mathern. The show will be held Saturday through Monday, April 28,29,30, 8 pm, with a matinee on Sunday, April 29, 2 pm. This concert features two original works for two different spaces; beginning in the Doane Dance Performance Space (231 W College St), the audience will move to the MIX Gallery (Mulberry Street). Seating is limited; reservations are highly recommended: dance@denison.edu, 740-587-6712.

Shanahan’s new work, The world we created while undoing, was created in collaboration with the five students dancers who are also studying technique with her this semester in the Department’s Modern/Postmodern II course. Shanahan and dancers have explored the intersections between Shanahan’s fluid movement vocabulary and the sometimes-awkward, idiosyncratic movement connections, gestures, and mini-dances that happen before, after, and in between the more formal processes of a dance rehearsal.

Fo(u)r Bodies in Place, is a new quartet choreographed by Sandra Mathern, professor and chair of dance. This work, abstract and non-narrative in approach, is made for the small space of the MIX Gallery, and displays the body in motion and in stillness. Developed in collaboration with the four performers, it moves from one distinct scene to the next, strung together like a series of installations, capitalizing on the unique characteristics of the small, intimate gallery space. Audience seated on three sides will experience the dance up close, and within a non-traditional context.

Original music for both Mathern and Shanahan’s work is created by Department of Dance resident musician Matthew Peyton Dixon. Casts for Move Moved Moving include: Alex Drumm, Jr. '20, Natalia Duarte '20, Emily Farrow '18, Briahna Lawson '18, Ha Le '21, Victoria Rapillo '18, Alex Rivera '19, Alivia Tacheny '18.

A Q&A with Sandra Mathern about the work:

Q.How would you describe the works choreographed by yourself and Dr. Shanahan?

A. Shanahan’s new work, “The World We Created While Undoing,” was created in collaboration with the five students dancers who are also studying technique with her this semester in the Department's Modern/Postmodern II course. Shanahan and dancers have explored the intersections between Shanahan’s fluid movement vocabulary and the sometimes-awkward, idiosyncratic movement connections, gestures, and mini-dances that happen before, after, and in between the more formal processes of a dance rehearsal.

My work, “Fo(u)r Bodies Moving,” abstract and non-narrative in approach, is made for the small space of the MIX Gallery, and displays the body in motion and in stillness. Developed in collaboration with the four performers, it moves from one distinct scene to the next, strung together like a series of installations, capitalizing on the unique characteristics of the small, intimate room. Audience seated on three sides will experience the dance up close, and within a non-traditional context.

Q. What is the importance of switching locations during the performance?

A. Changing locations can do multiple things for the audience and their experience: upsetting their expectations, giving them a new experience seeing dance performance in two distinct and different locations, allowing them to potentially understand how space impacts what you see, how you see it and how it is understood, and stimulating their imagination. By moving, the audience becomes part of the larger choreography of the evening.

Posted Date 
Friday, April 13, 2018

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