of Undergrad Choreographers Featured
The Senior Thesis Concert,
with performances April 4 through 6, represents the culmination
of eight undergraduate students' work in the Department of
Dance, featuring original performances and cutting-edge choreography.
The concerts take place at 8
p.m. in Hallie Flanagan Theater, Mendenhall Center. Tickets
(available online) are $9 for general admission, $5 for students
and seniors. Reserved seats only.
Coordinated by Erica Marcoux,
the Senior Dance Concert featured the following works:
- Keeping Things
Whole, by Haley Grove, an exploration of two
bodies in space working to create a whole.
- Sincerely, also
by Haley Grove, is a solo performance by the choreographer,
- For Egon,
by Mei Maeda, a piece depicting the physical embodiment
of artist Egon Schieleís figure drawings and paintings,
and examining the parallel relationships between model
and artist, dancer and choreographer, and performer
- Two pieces by
Meghan McDonald, both inspired by philosopher Alva
Noe, examine human consciousness. "Consciousness
is something we enact or achieve, in motion, as a
way of being part of a larger process."
- Damaged Goods,
choreographed by Augusta Rodgers,
explores individual experiences with the same situation,
showing many perspectives and illustrating the complexity
- ho r t u s / co r p u s,
choreographed by Eve Schultz,
explores a false universe in which the insect, the human,
the angel and the green of cynicism all coexist. Beauty
and disgust, vulnerability and violence, mortality and
eternity, are concepts addressed and questioned in this
- Angles of Healing, by Elliot
Willette, reveals the relationships between dancers
on stage and the audience to draw everyone into the
process of healing.
- Surrender, by
Imogene Williams, explores how people let go of judgments
and tension that stop them from tapping into their
flow, and the blissful sensation people feel when they
surrender to their innate creative ability.
a senior dance major from Somerville, Mass., has danced since
she could walk, canít imagine her life without
movement, and is excited (and a little terrified) to continue
her dance career beyond Smith.
Mei Maeda grew
up dancing, from the age of 5, in southern New Hampshire.
She is currently a dance and psychology double major, due
to graduate this May.
Erica Marcoux was
born in Maine and received her ballet training at Bossov
Ballet Theatre. With Bossov Ballet, Erica performed lead
and featured roles in productions of The
Quixote, Bolero, and others. As a dance and
education double major at Smith, Erica has been the treasurer
and assistant artistic director of Celebrations Dance Company,
and has been an active member of the Smith dance community.
McDonald discovered her
love for dance while attending the Youth Performing Arts
High School in Kentucky. She continues to study dance, along
with neuroscience, at Smith, and spent the past summer
dancing in Berlin, learning from and collaborating with renowned
Rodgers is a double major in
dance and sociology. From Minnesota, Augusta started dancing
ballet at age 4. While at Smith, Augusta has worked
with Chris Aiken, guest artist Colleen Thomas, and MFA
candidates Melissa Edwards and Cat Wagner. After graduation,
Augusta plans to pursue a masterís
degree in teaching.
Eve Schultz was born in Maine
and received her dance training at Bossov Ballet Theatre
with Kirov soloist and choreographer, Andrei Bossov. With
Bossov Ballet, she has performed featured roles in productions
of The Nutcracker, Cinderella, and Don
Quixote. During Eveís four years as a
dance and art history major at Smith, she has been an active
member of Celebrations Dance Company and performed within
the Five College Dance Department.
Willette hails from Salisbury, Vermont.
At Smith, Elliot competes with
the fencing team and loves adventuring with Park House.
Williams is a dance
and psychology major from Los Angeles. She credits
all her experiences over the past four years to her exciting
rediscovery of her profound passion for dance.