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UCSB Spring Dance Concert – Blood, Thought, Muscle & Grace

Dates: 04/12/13 – 04/14/13

Location: Hatlen Theater, UC Santa Barbara

Cost: $13/Student, Seniors, UCSB Faculty, Staff & Alumni; $17/General Admission


Under the concert direction of Mira Kingsley

Costume direction of Ann Bruice

Lighting direction of Vickie J. Scott

  • Friday, April 12 | 8pm
  • Saturday, April 13 | 8pm
  • Sunday, April 14 | 8:00pm

The UCSB Department of Theater and Dance presents its annual spring dance concert with a diverse program featuring the choreography of advanced UCSB dance student choreographers Kelly Marshall, Molly McCord, Alannah Pique, Genevieve Hand and Sean Nederlof alongside work from faculty members and guest artists.

Blood, Thought, Muscle & Grace features the choreography of five advanced UCSB Theater & Dance students alongside a piece from UCSB faculty member, Christina McCarthy and a piece by American Master Choreographer, Jose Limon. Descriptions of the original pieces are as follows:

Submarine Races by choreographer Molly McCord, is a fun and quirky exploration of individuality that roots from a deep contemplation of the phrase “when you can fill yourself up to fullness you can overflow with giving to others.” Through romance, competition, and a little flare of the 60’s pizzazz, the piece highlights five dancer’s paths of discovery to conquering self-doubt.

Choreographer Sean Nederlof, creates an epic new work, The Legend of the Form of Harmony. This piece follows the story of a Master of Harmony and her two disciples as we witness empowerment break a lineage and transform into chaos. Street dance blends with more traditional forms of movement in this inventive and theatrical work.

Requiem for Bubbles, choreographed by dance faculty member Christina McCarthy is a fantastical journey through a boy’s grief stemming from the death of his gold fish.  In a world straddling wakefulness and dreaming, this boy, on the cusp of transformation to adulthood lets go of his feelings of powerlessness and falls into the embrace of his own imagination.

Entropy, by choreographer and scientist Alannah Pique, is inspired bythe process of particles interacting and colliding. This highly dynamic dance reveals the expressive quality of the human form as it passes through kinetic states.

Inspired by the women of the G.I. generation, Genevieve Hand’s new dance work, Abyssinia(slang for “I’ll be seeing you”) is a dynamic exploration into the origins of strength and hope when rooted in desperation. This deconstruction of Rosie the Riveter is an abstract look at a scenario that defined a generation and inspired a perpetuating movement.

Choreographer Kelly Marshall was moved by Mark Twain’s thought, “The two most important days of your life are the day you were born and they day you find out why.” She interviewed people from all different backgrounds in relation to this quote. Her new dance work, And I gave myself to this wild hope that nobody’s really certain of, but I felt certain of it, uses these interviews as inspiration to take the audience on a journey of searching for a clear path.

The Senior Company performs a Suite from Psalm, originally choreographed in 1967 by Jose Limon, American Master Choreographer. This work has been designed and re-constructed by Alice Condodina especially for the UCSB Student Company.  The suite, which is less than half the length of the original choreography, attempts to capture the essence of this powerful work.  Limon’s flirtation with the force of gravity resulted in a choreographic work, full of impressive suspensions and dramatic falls and recoveries.  For Psalm, Limon turned to the Jewish legend of thirty-six Just Men in whom the sorrows of the world reside.  Psalm asks how the outcast or martyr evolves from those whose burden he carries.  Limon’s structured movements are groupings woven together symbolizing belief, ritual and history, provide a stunning contrast of ensemble dancing with the extraordinary challenge of solo performance.  The ensemble reinforces, by its untied power, the contrasting internal conflict, the stark isolation and anguish of the Last Man; the last of the Just.

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