Senior Dancers Showcase Work in Threads

Madeleine Goldstein ’16
Contributing Writer

The Senior Dance Thesis Concert, Threads, had the Hallie Flanagan Theater buzzing from April 4 through April 6. Friends, family and fellow students attended to watch and enjoy the work of nine senior dancers.

Eight seniors showcased dances they had choreographed and senior Erica Marcoux coordinated the concert. This was the first year the concert had ever been coordinated by a single student.

“Typically, the seniors work together to accomplish the tasks that I performed,” said Marcoux. “I was given this position because I chose not to choreograph a piece for the show and have some experience organizing concerts as the assistant artistic director of Celebrations Dance Company.”

Seniors choreographed all of the dances, but the dancers performing were from all different grade levels. Choosing the dancers was left to the choreographers.

I wanted people with diverse dance backgrounds – ballet, jazz and hip-hop,” said Meghan McDonald ’13. “We came up with the movement as a team. I didn’t want to set my movement on them. Instead, I wanted it to be collaborative and to showcase their technique.”

The concert started with Augusta Rodgers’ modern dance “Here and Now” and ended with McDonald’s hip-hop dance “imaginate.” The process that went into creating the dances was intense.

“After much rehearsing and review of recorded footage, each dancer and I then collaborated to create a solo work,” said Rodgers. “Later, my advisor and professor, Rodger Blum, along with Assistant Professor Chris Aiken and senior dance majors provided useful feedback for integrating the four solos into one cohesive dance.”

Although the dances differed in style, one thing they all had in common was their representation of something important to the choreographer.

The motion that appeared many times in my piece resembling grasping for something caught the attention of my teacher and he suggested I try to develop that motif and create a piece around it,” said Haley Grove ’13. “When thinking about what that movement could represent, I thought about my love for snail mail and maps and decided to ask people to send me postcards from around the world. I used the post cards to create the structure of my piece with different areas on stage representing different places and movements that represented things people wrote to me.”

The seniors and dancers dedicated considerable time and effort to the concert, working all the way up until the final show to make the dances perfect.

I [was] really happy with the final product,” said McDonald. “We were making changes to the dance up until the final dress rehearsal. I’m thankful for my talented dancers who were able to work under pressure at the last minute.”

“This experience was more than choreography,” said Rodgers. “It was a process that taught me the essence of collaborating with other artists to conceptualize and produce a dance concert. Throughout this pre-professional experience I was provided many resources, opportunities and support.”

 

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