Emily Abramson to Present Senior Capstone


Abramson '14 to premiere "The Spectacle" at Autumn Choreographers' Concert


Senior Emily Abramson will debut The Spectacle, her dance senior capstone, at Pacific's Autumn Choreographers' Concert, Nov. 14-16 at the Tom Miles Theatre.

“This work is about different aspects of personality, and why we hide who we really are," says Ambramson. "I am a psychology and dance major, and have been very interested in how psychology and dance can come together for a while now. I was inspired to create this work while in a Personality Psychology class last spring when discussing different psychologists theories of personality. 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.

Emily Abramson began dancing at the age of three, 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 Coppelia. 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. In 2011, Emily received the opportunity to act and dance in the independent film Dancing on the Edge.

"I decided to use the circus as a theme because I personally associate circuses with mystery. There is always a part of me that wonders what goes on behind the scenes that allows the performers to put on such a fantastical show. It always seems like there is some sort of secret known to all the circus performers that stays hidden from the audience. I decided to take that concept and apply it to personality and identity in my work.” 

Contact the box office at 503-352-2918 to purchase tickets in advance. For more information, email dance@pacificu.edu. Directions can be found at www.pacificu.edu/about/location/.

Photo by Catie Prechtel.


Posted by Michael Johnson (john0774@pacificu.edu) on Nov 6, 2013 at 3:01 PM

Edited by Jenni Luckett (jluckett@pacificu.edu) on Nov 12, 2013 at 10:22 AM

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