Autumn Choreographers Concert

Nov 15, 2013 - Nov 16, 2013, 7:30 PM
Tom Miles Theatre, Warner Hall

Pacific hosts 11th annual Autumn Choreographers Concert

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. each night in the Tom Miles Theatre, Warner Hall.

Pacific University’s Autumn Choreographers Concert celebrates its 11th production of classical and contemporary dance with an assortment of lively, expressive and momentous pieces. Featured works include a hip-hop influenced contemporary work guest artist Jocelyn Edelstein and The Spectacle by Pacific University senior Emily Abramson.

Jocelyn Edelstein is a choreographer, filmmaker and writer from Portland and founder of the Urban Body Project, a multimedia collective that explores the relationship between dance, culture and community. She received her BA in dance and cultural studies from Western Washington University and went on to study at The Hip Hop Dance Conservatory in New York. Jocelyn teaches hip-hop dance at Polaris Contemporary Dance in Portland. Jocelyn's upcoming documentary, Believe The Beat, follows a group of Brazilian hip-hop dancers (preview).

Emily Abramson began dancing at the age of 3, and trained with Columbia Dance Company and Evergreen Dance Academy. She has performed various roles in contemporary and classical pieces, including Clara and the Snow Queen in The Nutcracker and Swanilda’s Friend in Coppélia. Emily also has a passion for choreographing and recently received the honor of having her piece Fragments of Our Shattered Lives performed in Regional Dance America/Pacific’s Emerging Choreographers’ Concert. She also was a first place and two-time Laureate Division winner in the Weiler Choreography Competition.

Abramson’s senior capstone, The Spectacle, utilizes a circus backdrop to instill thoughts on behavior and mystery. “I was inspired to create this work while in a Personality Psychology class last spring when discussing different psychologists theories of personality," she said. "I was fascinated by the idea that we need a balance between the good and the bad, and that people try to keep things about themselves they are comfortable with hidden.”

In addition, Dance Department Director of Dance Jennifer Camp and faculty member Mary Hunt will showcase new works, including a collaboration between Hunt’s Improvisation class. Additionally, four student choreographers will also present works, including Olin Blackmore, Berkley Holzschuh, Sarah Whitehead and Camielle Westfall, as well as two alumni, Kathleen Brown and Katie Gillem, who will return to the Pacific stage. 

Contact the box office at 503-352-2918 to purchase tickets in advance. For more information, email Directions can be found

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