The Department of Dance presents Here Is And Is Where, their fall dance concert featuring original choreography by dance faculty Sandra Mathern and Michael J. Morris, and Vail Guest Artist CoCo Loupe, and performed by a company of thirteen Denison dance students. The concert is Thursday-Saturday, November 10-12, 8pm at the Burke Hall Black Box Theatre (accessible). For information and reservations (required) call (740) 587-6392 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here Is And Is Where, consists of three 20 minute dances, each original and newly created specifically for their casts and for performance in the Black Box Theatre. Audience members are seated on stage in one corner of the space and on all four sides of the balcony, offering a unique perspective from which to view the choreography.
And then she said, “May there be enough.” a new work by CoCo Loupe, 2016 Vail Artist in Residence, continues her exploration of the concept of “enough.” CoCo and her collaborator, Mina Estrada, with their Baton Rouge-based movement group, CKA: currently known as, launched a year-long process in which they produce an event every month. These events showcase their work and asks the basic questions “What is enough?” and, contrarily “What isn’t?”. CoCo continues this inquiry in her new work for Denison dancers, creating a world in which six women travel from territory to territory as they negotiate having enough information to move on and needing to discover new ideas as they proceed.
In “40 Kisses, 7 Years: Earth Bodies Drawing Down the Moon in the Age of the Anthropocene Chthulucene,” Michael J. Morris offers a dance with which to think about systems of support and how bodies come near to one another, move together, move apart, and come back together. Five dancers cycle through tasks, states, and choreographic configurations derived from discourses addressing climate change, gender politics, and witchcraft to ask: how might our bodies be moved by the world of which we are a part and the stories we tell about it? The cast includes Chelsea Chen (’17), Tanvi Doshi (’17), Briahna Lawson (’18), Alex Rivera (’18), and Meghan Tenorio (’17).
Sandra Mathern, professor of dance, created an original work for nine performers. Nonet features three trios, each distinct in quality and tone, but sharing movement motifs and choreographic ideas. The fourth section combines these trios together, creating serendipitous moments of relationality. Each of the four parts, (Hurry/Pause, Suspended, On Time, Do it Again) draw inspiration from the music, speaking to the Americana style of the compositions while adding a contemporary twist of athleticism. The work is performed by Chelsea Chen (’17), Emily Farrow (‘18), Hayley LeBlanc (‘20), Maggie Miller (‘20) , Aislinn Olthoff (‘20), Alex Rivera (’18), Bridget Ryan (‘19) , Meghan Tenorio (’17) and Hannah Zwemer (“17).
CoCo Loupe is a dance artist currently working in Baton Rouge, LA. She was in residence for 10 days, working with a cast of six students daily, teaching classes in modern/postmodern dance, composition, and discussing dance research with our senior dance majors. CoCo Loupe holds a BFA & MFA in Dance/Choreography. In the past 20 years she has been an ADF freak-a-zoid, and indie dance group dreamer, pick-up performer and a university educator. Her work has been performed all over the place but not everywhere. She lives in Columbus, OH and likes it. She works on websites everyday and makes dances when she can. She also blogs “almost daily” at From One Foot To The Other. While in residence, Coco also visited classes teaching movement practices in Modern/Postmodern, improvisation, and composition. She presented an Artist Talk on Friday, Sept. …., where she discussed an overview of her work, influences and interests as a performer and dance maker.