Almost Free – a collection of diverse works choreographed by fifteen senior dance majors in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree in Dance. Each senior has created an original piece of choreography that they have set on other fellow undergraduate students in the dance department. Almost Free features a wide variety of concepts and artistic voices, so there will surely be something for everyone. Highlights from this concert will include: New Within the Old, choreographed by Reagan Lynch, is inspired by her recent trip to Japan and the harmonious juxtaposition of traditional and modern images, architecture, and culture that she experienced in the cities of Kobe, Kyoto, and Osaka. The environment includes 1000 paper cranes hanging in strands above the stage and audience, which she sees as a symbol of traditional Japanese culture persisting in modern day Japan. Phalanx, created by Luke Smith, explores protection, vulnerability, the value of togetherness, and the limitations of individualism. It is inspired by phalanx, a military formation developed in ancient Greece that emphasized teamwork and to defeat opposing forces. The intense and moody piece manipulates pilates boxes as shields throughout the entirety of the piece. For Your Amusement… But Not Really, choreographed by Carlee Sachs-‐Crook, is inspired by the talking circles formed in the 1960s that largely contributed to the Women’s Liberation Movement. The piece explores the nature and effects of the male gaze. To enhance the experience, the piece breaks the fourth wall between the audience and performers. Our Eternal Hunt, created by Emily Robison, explores certain aspects of absurdism, a philosophy defined by Albert Camus and exemplified in his novel The Plague and his essay The Myth of Sisyphus. The piece consists of fourteen female dancers who are seemingly unrelated, but through the commonality of suffering and the search for true meaning are brought together to realize that we, as humans, are all the same.
Saturday, November 10 at 8:00pm to 10:00pm
James and Nancy Gaertner Performing Arts Center, Dance Theater
815 17th St., Huntsville, Texas, 77341