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Making and Doing Dances

Release date: March 05, 2009

 Todd Dance Studio

April 17 & 18, 2009


As an exploration of the choreographic process, Ariella Singer presents her senior thesis in choreography.  Through the Choreography and Production class, DAN 254, and a subsequent 11-week intensive process, she is creating several pieces of choreography in collaboration with other Goucher dancers.  The main goal is to gain an in-depth understanding of her own body, of her creative process as well as the translation of intent into movement phrases.  Some accompanying research includes readings about Daniel Nagrin, Richard Bull, Yvonne Rainier, Trisha Brown, Susan Leigh Foster, and William Forsythe.

From more internal explorations of some improvisational exercises like from Daniel Nagrin's Dance and the Specific Image: Improvisation, one work will be based in led-improvisation with her dance collaborators.  This exploration will result in more of a "happening" rather than a formal performance of the work done in weekly workshops.  Ariella and her collaborators are also focusing on what it means to be authentic in performance, to be your truest self while still performing movement someone set for you.  This work is inspired by the Indian aesthetic performance of Rasaesthetics as well as writings by Constantin Stanislavsky, Martin Heidegger, Peter Brook and from folklore studies.