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Smith College Dancers present
a culmination of undergraduate work

Northampton, MA—The Senior Thesis Concert April 3-5, presented by the Smith College Department of Dance, represents the culmination of eight undergraduate students' work.

This thesis concert features original choreography by senior undergraduate students from the Smith College Department of Dance and four guest choreographers from the University of Massachusetts Amherst Department of Dance. Work will be presented by Brandy Neary, Mary Sue Sheppard, Hope Wilson, Liv Fauver, Tommy Seibold, Nicholas Galatis, Annie Heath and Gabby Carmichael.

This concert features a broad range of stylistic choices, mediums of performance and poses relevant questions about our relationships to each other and to society. Hope Wilson will present a dance film that in her words “is invested in space, weaving, tales, curiosity, the intimacy of the narrative, and the dance of everyday conversations". Gabby Carmichael’s piece explores themes of self-perception, the shaping of identity and inspirations from artist Bruce Nauman. Liv Fauver will be presenting two works, the first entitled Evic, is a contact duet that seeks to deconstruct notions of divine femininity and power. She will also present a quintet that layers projection and dance to show the inner workings of a piece based solely on internal cuing.

Nicholas Galatis will present an interplay of transformation and conservation, growth and generation, and the relativity of opposition. The essence is seen through the celebration of harmony and the triumph over imbalance. Annie Heath’s piece is about the many facets of heat and their affect/effect on bodies interacting and the individual. It's a journey of two things living cohesively in a harshly beautiful world.

Brandy Neary's piece is about dreams daydreams, and stories. She explains, "humans are inclined to narrative, even in our subconscious. This piece explores narrative and our personal, everyday, often fantastical storytelling." Disarray choreographed by Mary Sue Sheppard investigates human intricacies in the mechanism of the brain during dementia. The narrative explores how the trauma effects the individual and the family unit. Tommy Seibold summarizes his piece by saying, "We live in a Universe comprised of both miniscule structures and immense landscapes; artistic representations of both will merge into the unknown."


Smith College Senior Dance Concert At A Glance
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, April 3, 4, and 5 at 8:00pm
Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre, Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts, Smith College
$9 General, $5 Students/Seniors


Gabby Carmichael is a senior dance and anthropology major at UMass Amherst. Throughout college she has performed works by Camille Brown, Monica Bill Barnes, Sidra Bell, Anna Sokolow, Andrea Miller, and Chris Aiken. Using improvisation, imagination, and intuition, Gabby is interested in finding voice and agency in movement. 

Liv Fauver is a senior dance major and chemistry minor at Smith College. During her time in the Five College Dance Program, she has had the opportunity to perform works of Monica Bill Barnes, Adam Barruch, Robert Battle, Paul Matteson, Kelly Silliman, Melissa Edwards, Sidra Bell, Kathleen Hermesdorf, Andrea Miller and Mat Elder.  Liv is also the current artistic director of Celebrations Dance Company. 

Nick Galatis is a senior dance major at UMass, Amherst. He has been given life changing experiences from the faculty and friends of the Five College Dance Department, whom he bestows the highest of gratitude and respect. He hopes to someday be a part of the medical field. Moreover, he hopes to find many more dance opportunities with artists as beautifully minded as the ones the FCDD fosters.

Annie Heath is a junior at the University of Massachusetts Amherst pursuing a duel degree in dance and environmental science. She has performed works by Camille A. Brown, Ohad Naharin, Janis Brenner & Dancers, Idan Cohen, Sidra Bell & Jennifer Hart. 

Brandy Neary is a dance and anthropology major from Ridgefield, New Jersey. She began dancing as a child and dance quickly became an important and exciting part of her life. Brandy is thankful for the opportunity to have continued dancing at Smith College, within the Five College community, and at University College Cork. 

Tommy Seibold will graduate from the University of Massachusetts Amherst this Spring with a BFA in Dance. During his four years of college, he has performed works by Ohad Naharin, Merce Cunningham, Paul Taylor, Andrea Miller, Sidra Bell, Camille A. Brown, Antonio Brown, Doris Humphrey, Anna Sokolow, Robert Battle & Thomas Vacanti. 

Sue Sheppard is a senior at Smith College double majoring in dance and sociology. She was a choreographer for the 2012 Bare Bones Concert at Smith College.  Sue is the founder of Dance Technics where she served for 15 years as artistic director. Previously she was a member of the Joppa Dance Company.

Hope Wilson is a senior dance major at Smith College invested in studies of somatics and art as a medium of healing. They want to explore dance as an extension of performance art and investigate how the form can be used to alter perceptions and form community.

The Smith College Senior Dance Concert is made possible in part by the Sharonjean Moser Leeds Endowment, a generous fund created by Sharonjean (SC '67) and Richard Leeds for the Smith College Department of Dance. 

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