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2020
Friday, April 24th

Bizarre!

Emmalee Bradley, Winthrop University

Faculty Mentor: Julianna Hane, M.F.A.

This choreographic piece stems from research conducted through movement on how individuals of our world treat each other on a daily basis. Whether positive or negative, the way humanity interacts can be seen as truly bizarre. Today, there are a number of ways to interact with others, including through social media, text messaging, video chatting, and written communication such as letters. In order for our society to flourish, we rely on these communications, which prove to be both positive and negative. The following questions came to mind when creating this piece. Are our interactions helpful, harmful, or neither? Can our communications be considered a strength? Or is it a downfall on humanity's part? How do we react to our interactions? Do we normalize our interactions, whether positive or negative? How does this affect our society? I hope that through viewing this piece, viewers begin to question their everyday interactions with friends, family, coworkers, or even strangers on the street. What can changing the way we interact with others in society do for our world? This quote from David Yoom helps to bring perspective to the idea behind this piece: "Humanity's greatest strength – and also the reason for its ultimate downfall – is its ability to normalize even the bizarre."

Growth : Apart :: Loss : Reconnection

A'Vionne Richardson

Faculty Mentor: Kelly Ozust, M.F.A.

My dance explores how people grow up and grow apart, but then losing someone brings them back together. In my dance, the dancers begin as individuals; then, they eventually meet one another and develop a friendship. Throughout the dance, the grow up and apart, which will be portrayed through spatial design. Once they grow apart, the idea of excuses or believing you have time to reach out and reconnect will be portrayed through dialogue within movement. As this portion of the dance heightens, there will be the sound of a growing heartbeat in the background to signify the arrival of a climax. One of the dancers will exit (pass away), and this will change the dynamic. Once she passes away, each of the remaining dancers will be distraught in different emotions that will be portrayed through movement and dialogue, as well. As they move through this demonstration of loss, the dancer who exited previously will reappear spiritually. She will affect them through movement without actually touching them. As she interacts with the other dancers, she will eventually lead them back together. The idea behind this sort of leaves a space to self-reflect about why we as humans often have to lose someone to realize that togetherness is necessary. Often, this happens with families, friends, workplaces, and more. It usually takes some traumatizing events to lead people to be together as one. This is a story inspired by the loss of my own loved one in my sophomore year of college. I decided to portray an observation made through movement. I also plan to use this to help me heal in my mourning process.

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Brenné Forst

Accompanist: Dancers: Amani Faulk, Jade Jones, Lily Queen, Emily O’Regan, Alyssa Robinson, Andrea Ward

Faculty Mentor: Kelly Ozust, M.F.A.

This is a piece that explores the seven stages of grief: Shock and Denial; Pain and Guilt; Anger and Bargaining; Depression, Reflection, and Loneliness; Upward Turn; Reconstruction; Acceptance and Hope. It is performed by dancers each representing a stage of grief, as one goes through each stage, experiencing a plethora of emotions, both in solitude and in camaraderie.

Usual

Megan E. Smith, Winthrop University

Faculty Mentor: Kelly Ozust, M.F.A.

For my piece, I looked at how normal people move on a daily basis, incorporating those weird and quirky movements that people don't realize they do into a creative movement piece. The challenge for my dancers was to tune into doing movement that normal people might do, but also the dancing movement, and to somehow keep the balance of it.

Within and Without

Kyla Smith, Winthrop University

Faculty Mentor: Kelly Ozust, M.F.A.

In my piece, I explore the idea of a codependent relationship through movement. The relationship is neither romantic nor does it express human emotion; it simply portrays two beings who cannot function without one another. This idea is shown through the use of space; what happens when the dancers are close together? What happens when they are far apart? Movement motifs and gestures are also used to express the chaos present when they are without each other.