‘Beyond the Doors’ – Site Performance at Bryn Du Mansion
Students taking the course Site Dance: Body and Environment will perform site works on the 3rd floor of Bryn Du Mansion, responding to the history, architecture, and cultural significance of the Bryn Du Mansion on Sunday, Dec. 16 at 2 p.m.
The event is free and open to the public.
The site performance entitled “Beyond the Doors” includes students in the class, Site Dance: Body and Environment taught by Dr. Sandra Mathern-Smith.
Mr. Bruce Cramer, the Executive Director of Bryn Du Mansion spoke in an interview:
Why are you excited about this piece being performed at Bryn Du?
The Mission Statement of the Bryn Du Commission is to promote and provide a location for cultural and educational activities. This is who we are. I am always excited when creative people come up with new and creative uses for the Mansion. We do a lot of art shows in the Mansion and other buildings on the property.
What is the space like?
The space is one that is generally not open to the public. It is on the third floor of the Mansion and yes, it is up 3 flights of steps. There is no other way to get there. It probably used to be an entry foyer and four bedrooms and a trunk storage room for when guests visited the Jones family.
How do you think this performance fuels interaction between Denison and the community?
Well, not that going up the hill is such a chore but when students come down to areas where the “townies” congregate it can make for a fun interactive experience for all. Using different venues that students are not generally aware of promotes creativity and in this case no one experiences the third floor of the Mansion so it will be a surprise for all. The Granville community is very lucky to have Denison bringing a full gambit of art, science and other cultural and recreational opportunities for all to enjoy.