Senior dance majors show unique artistic voices in thesis performances

Photo by Adam Campos
Photo by Adam Campos

The Connecticut College Department of Dance presents “These Spaces,” the final thesis performance for senior dance majors, April 16-18 in Palmer Auditorium.

There are two versions of the show: Show A, featuring the choreography and dancing of Miles Keeney, Alex Michaud, Shannon Quinn and Mindy Toro, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 16, and Saturday, April 18. Show B, with dance and choreography from Mauri Connors, Christophe Desorbay, Emily LaRochelle, Abby Reich and Meg Robbins, will take place on Friday April 17, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 18, at 2 p.m.

Quinn’s dance was choreographed by Adele Myers, artistic director of Adele Myers and Dancers, while LaRochelle’s was created by guest artist Bryan Strimpel, a member of David Dorfman Dance. Both versions of the show also include a piece by Associate Professor of Dance Heidi Henderson and guest artist Doug Varone, a world-renowned choreographer and director, who will perform his piece "Of the Earth Far Below.”

The show reflects the diverse creative interests — as well as the dynamic energy and storytelling — of the dance majors in the Class of 2015. There are explorations of movement possibilities, intertwined with explorations of identity, vulnerability, ego, collective group joy and more.

“I would say that this thesis concert has something for everyone, whether you're an avid dance watcher or not,” said Desorbay. “It’s interesting to watch how dancers occupy the space they dance, to see the different choreographic tools that are being used, and to follow the narratives and ideas.”

“These concerts will be full of heart and thoughtfulness, and will be a joy and pleasure for audiences,” said Assistant Professor of Dance Shawn Hove, who is the faculty adviser for “These Spaces.”

Tickets are $12 for general admission and $6 for students and seniors, They can be purchased at the door or in advance by calling 860-439-ARTS. For more information, call the Dance Department at 860-439-2830.

April 10, 2015