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Ohio University Dance Division presents the 2019 Spring Senior Dance Concert in the Shirley Wimmer Dance Theater, Putnam Hall, Athens.

Photographer: Olivia Bates

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Graduating students from OHIO’s School of Dance present new choreography in annual spring concert


Ohio University’s School of Dance presents the annual spring senior dance concert, the culminating project for B.F.A. dance majors, presented at 7 and 9 p.m. Friday, April 12, with a matinee at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 13. The dance concert will be held at the Shirley Wimmer Dance Theatre in Putnam Hall.

This spring, five seniors employ their unique perspectives in newly created choreographic works, performed by individuals or groups, presented together in a coordinated concert event. The dance concert is a highlight of the students’ year-long capstone projects.

The concert will include the following choreographed works:

  • A solo dance work, “what it is,” choreographed by Kelsee Booker, reminisces on the times when we find ourselves having to “go with the flow.” Through the sound of rhythmic blues coupled with sensual, dynamic movements that reflect the soul, we are reminded to find the best of every situation and that life is what it is. 
  • “Freedom to feel,” a solo piece choreographed and performed by Chloe Carpenter, mines emotional vulnerability experienced when falling in love. The words euphoria, endangerment and exhaustion transform personal experiences into felt movement performed in “freedom to feel.” 
  • The work “in saturation,” a group piece of nine performers choreographed by Becca McNay, reflects on femininity through a lighthearted lens. Based in nuanced movement partnered with sound by percussionist Morgan Seig, “in saturation” explores how clarity and structure convey a sense of humor alongside mystery. 
  • Rachel Larkin’s group dance “what lies beneath us” is inspired by an ant colony’s ability to work together and accomplish tasks paired with Paganini’s “Caprice for Solo Violin No. 4.” 
  • “Inside out,” choreographed and performed by Emily Vizina, expresses the sensation and life of the inner workings of the body and facilitates conversation between organs, thoughts and emotions through felt experiences and internal analytics. A tuning radio plays in the background as the dancer attempts to find clarity.

General admission is $8 per ticket and students are free with a valid OHIO student ID, made possible through support from arts for OHIO. Tickets can be purchased at the Templeton-Blackburn Memorial Auditorium box office.