Dance Concert

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The Falling Into Pieces Dance Concert performed March 25, 2007 was a blend of five distinct dances, each communicating a different message through the use of varying choreography and stage production arrangements. The concert’s opener Gasp depicts a resistance to bounds that hold one down. It’s All About Falling, the second piece, dealt with the concept of a transition from struggle and anguish to hope. The third dance piece, titled Holding Still, Tracing Past Moments, attempted to explore an abstract situation with key compositional motives that are continually repeated. Through the use of choreography, music, and props the graduate dance group performance expressed a mixture of what could be in the broader picture emotional experiences that individuals experience in their lives. Gasp, choreographed by Dana Berk, created an effect of suffocation and struggling to break the bounds that inflict restriction. The use of heavy gasping and panting for air in the opening video clip serves as a device to take the audience into the moment; in allowing the viewing of a woman who appears to be trapped, the viewer is thus eased into and allowed to share in the emotional sensations the woman undergoes. Partaking in this consciousness of moving violently, thrashing and skirmishing about with great effort in a tunnel with no means of escape sets the scene for the emergence of the dancers. Their black costumes serve to reinforce the idea of an exertion of resistance to not much avail. Here the color aids in emphasizing the complexity in the brawl. Sharp, jerky motions such as crawling on the ground pushing the block across stage seem to require much force and strength – thus alluding to problematic and tough task of opposing the conflict. One example that illustrates this repression is found in the dancers’ frantic sprints across the stage, which contributes to the effect of struggle and urgency – helping build the momentum. Dancers also try to climb onto the line of...
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