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361 Series: Launch

Release date: December 16, 2009

May 1, 3pm & 7:30pm; May 2, 7:30p.m.

The Dance Department's advanced choreography students Ashley Evans, Megan Lynn, Ianthe Mellors, Celia Moran, Elyse Morris, Kellene Rottenberger, and Adriana Saldana will present original works set on Goucher dancers.

"The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure , the process is its own reward." Ashley Evans' work "Paper Tigers" is based on this quote by Amelia Earhart. Her piece explores risk taking and how we rely on others to help us do so.

Megan Lynn's piece explores the role that dance plays in our lives and the joy it brings to us. It is a celebration of life through movement. It is performed to a rearrangement of "Sunchyme" by Dario G.

Ianthe Mellors, a british exchange student, is creating an abstract piece juxtaposing and combining elements from odissi dance and british sign language and contemporary dance. It's accompaniment is both recorded and live.

Moving Words is the title of another british exchange student, Celia Moran's work.  It is influenced by illiteracy and how we overcome obstacles that may be put into our lives. It experiments with placing obstacles in the way of the dancers and seeing how they respond to these as well as the idea of dancers as words from the perspective of somebody who is unable to read.

Elyse Morris' piece is a woman's introspection on her path to what we all call love.  It acknowledges the emotional, psychological, and most importantly, the spiritual journey traveled to get there.  Elyse was inspired by her life and everything that has defined and shaped it.  Her music is from "The Fountain" soundtrack played by Clint Mansell and Kronos Quartet.  It will also feature live drumming by Kwame Ansah-Brew and spoken word written by Elyse herself.

While working at a circus in Cincinnati over the summer, Adriana Saldana decided to choreograph an aerial piece in silks. The music is by Penguin Cafe Orchestra and was the inspiration for her concept. She is working with six dancers on three sets of aerial silks.

 Tickets are $8 for general admission and $6 for students and senior citizens.  Goucher OneCards will be accepted and tickets will be available at the door.  Half of all ticket sales on May 2 will be donated to Moveable Feast, a nonprofit organization.

Todd Dance Studio Theatre