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Dancers perform in choreographer Kun-Yan Lin’s “Mandala Project I."

Photo courtesy of: The School of Dance

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Student will perform this piece along with a new work by Lin.

Photo courtesy of: The School of Dance

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Dance into spring!

Senior Dance majors present final farewell at the Spring Dance Concert


The Ohio University School of Dance presents its Spring Dance and Senior Concert, which includes choreography and performances by the 2010 senior class, guest artists and students, at 8 p.m. May 20 through 22 at the Shirley Wimmer Theater, located in Putnam Hall. On Saturday, May 22 there will be an additional matinee performance at 2 p.m.

The dances by the graduating class will feature new choreographic works by students Tabytha Bates, Janelle Bonfour-Mikes, Rebecca Faria, Luisa Martinez and Cala Trotter. As a part of their capstone project, these individuals created group and solo works in the modern genre of dance. The works are a presentation of the technique and choreographic skills they have learned throughout the past four years at the School of Dance and showcase the variety of different interests among the chorographers.

Senior Bonfour-Mikes explores concepts from the Japanese post-modern dance form Butoh in her newest piece, “Flooded with Choices within Life.” Her movement investigates the simplicity within complexity while also exploring tension in the psyche and how it resonates in the body.

“Then I Knew,” an original piece choreographed by Faria, takes the audience to a South American country late in the evening when dusk is beginning to fall. The calming flavor of the dance is contrasted with quirky movements and sharp accents.

Other student pieces include “Abetment,” choreographed by Bates, Martinez’s piece, “Looking for Benevolence, Revolution #647,” choreographed by Bonfour-Mikes, Garcia’s piece, “Platform in a Box, Peeking Above the Horizons,” a solo choreographed by Martinez.

In tradition to other School of Dance concerts, there will be guest artists performing their works as well. Choreographer Kun-Yan Lin’s “Mandala Project I” and a new work, “Snow and Roses,” by choregrapher Earl Mosley are featured pieces by the guest artists.

Lin’s piece will explore the relationships and limitations within and beyond our minds and bodies. Mosley’s dance was inspired by winter snowstorm in New York. Mosley was struck by how his red brick apartment building stood out against the blanket of white snow that surrounded the city.

Tickets are $8.00 and free for all OHIO students with a valid ID through Arts for Ohio. Tickets may be reserved by contacting the College of Fine Arts Ticket Office in Kantner Hall at 740-593-4800.