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Dance Thesis Concert is Open-Ended

The choreographed works of four masters of fine arts in dance degree candidates will receive their premieres this week during “Open-Ended,” the college’s annual MFA thesis dance concert.

Performances take place Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 22-24, at 8 p.m. in Theatre 14 of the Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts.

The program will feature the works of student choreographers Ariel Gonzalez Cohen, Kellie Ann Lynch, Ching-shan S. Parks, and Fania Maria Tsakalakos.

In “Open-Ended,” explains Lynch, “the dancers explore a wide open playground where myth and reality collide and retreat against a backdrop of shifting shadows and light creating a mood that vacillates between nostalgia and a sense of unknowing.”

SPEW, a modern dance by Lynch, explores irony, sarcasm, and the throwing off of inhibitions – “speweing” -- in a world of boundaries. Cohen’s modern dance Mapping looks at the passing of time and the memories that stay stored in our bodies like ghosts.

Parks says her dance Where to?, which combines modern and ballet, was inspired by “the first Chinese man to travel along the Silk Road -- a journey of determination and self-motivation that opened a long cultural exchange between China, India, and central Asia.”

Tsakalakos describes her work Pieces of Home as a combination of fusion, theater, and musical. “Although our search for ‘home’ is ever changing, it always leads us back to our self,” she comments. “A fusion of the passionate forms of flamenco, Argentine tango, and Greek rebetika provide the premise for this open-ended experience in which one must, and always does, participate.”

Tickets for “Open-Ended,” available by calling 413-585-ARTS (2787) or at the door beginning at 7 p.m., are $8 for the general public, $5 for students and seniors.

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