Choreographers Informal

May 9, 2014, 5:00 PM
Tom Miles Theatre

Pacific dancers taken by Robert Shoemaker

On May 9th at 5pm The Choreographers Informal Concert will present six gifted student choreographers' original works - Olin Blackmore, Abby Fiegienbaum, Sarah Whitehead, Deja Gustafson, Robert Shoemaker, and Jassa Gunn.

Olin Blackmore will  present Missing Face, a solo he will also perform in. Blackmore states “this piece explores the emotions associated with the loss of a person, physically or socially, and how over time you lose the memories of them. Their face becomes lost.” Blackmore is a junior Chemistry major and Dance minor.

Abby Fiegenbaum choreographed a solo titled Phenomenal, which she will also perform in. Fiegenbaum says that “It's a story of finding yourself and accepting that you are great exactly the way you are.” Fiegenbaum is a senior Psychology major and Dance minor. 

Sarah Whitehead will present What Can Go Wrong, Will Go Wrong, a ensemble piece, This piece features nine dancers who begin the dance as a very classical ballet ensemble. However, as the dance progresses, things turn sour and comedy ensues. 

Deja Gustafson will present her work called Nostalgia, a dance that explores the positive and negative feelings associated with recalling back on past memories and people. “Forgiving does not erase the bitter past. A healed memory is not a deleted memory. Instead, forgiving what we cannot forget creates a new way to remember. We change the memory of our past into a hope for our future.” 

Sophomore Jassa Gunn choreographed a duet One Rainy Day, which she will perform with junior, Michael Ching. The theme behind this dance is "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain." Gunn is a Dance Major and Music Minor at Pacific University.

Robert Shoemaker, a first year dance major has choreographed a solo on himself entitled The Lost Years. Shoemaker says the theme of the dance is “...the struggle one goes through in trying to reconnect with or find the child inside all of us that never truly leaves when we grow up.”.

 The Choreographers Informal completes the students the Final for Choreography I.  The students are required to conceptualize a work, choreograph, design costumes and lighting, prepare all aspects of the production for the concert including publicity and present the final product.

The performance is free to the community and is in the Tom Miles Theatre at Warner.

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