Three Senior Dance Majors to Share Final Concert April 19–20
April 18, 2013
Davis Anderson, Jessica Lee, and Hannah Pierce Demonstrate Diverse Interests and Movement
Middlebury, VT—Middlebury College senior dance majors Davis Anderson, Jessica Lee, and Hannah Pierce will showcase their final choreographic work in a joint concert April 19 and 20. Driven by dramatically different visions and processes, the culmination of their movement research raises important questions about the complex intersections of body politics and identity, the impact of changing environments on human movement, and the art of performance.
Davis (pronounced dah-vee) Anderson ’13 investigates the performance of identity in his senior work, exploring contemporary drag performance and how its embodied politics can empower marginalized minorities through self-actualization. His ensemble includes Hai Do ’14, Amy Donahue ’13.5, Anne Powers ’15, Sarae Snyder ’15, and Meredith White ’15, with technical support from costume designer Anne Ulrich ’13 and sound composer/narrative journalist Chris de la Cruz ’13. This performance will include everything from lip synching and bounce music to personal narratives and invitations to curiosity. Be prepared for laughter, self-reflection, and a whole new genre of audience participation.
As a dance and environmental studies joint major, Jessica Lee ’13 explores the relationship between physical space, historical place, and embodied movement in her choreography. Inspired by the layers of information embedded in a particular space, she has gathered movement material by dancing at various sites on campus. Performing with dancers Adeline Cleveland ’13.5, Rachel Nuñez ’14, Lia den Daas ’16, and Najwa Stanford ’16, Lee investigates environmental awareness and interpersonal relationships through physical and emotional place.
Hannah Pierce ’13 will perform both her own choreographed work, for which she collaborated with musician Ricky Chen ’13, as well as a solo created for her by Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance Catherine Cabeen with a new original sound score by Kane Mathis. Focusing on the creativity of performance and collaboration, Pierce explores the intricacies, articulation, and architecture of the human body.
Anderson, Lee, and Pierce’s work is as diverse and layered as their intellectual pursuits, making for a dynamic concert. Their choreographic works tell personal stories of culture, environment, language, and identity. The two performances will be featured as a highlight of Middlebury College’s Spring Student Symposium, an annual event that celebrates the undergraduate research and creative efforts of the student body.
The Senior Dance Concert will take place on Friday and Saturday, April 19 and 20, 2013, at 8:00 P.M. each evening at the Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre. The Mahaney Center for the Arts is located at 72 Porter Field Road in Middlebury, just off Route 30 south. Free parking is available. The approximate running time for this performance is 75 minutes, including one intermission. Tickets go on sale April 1, priced at $12 for the general public; $10 for Middlebury College faculty, staff, alumni, emeriti, and other ID card holders; and $6 for Middlebury College students. For tickets or information, call (802) 443-MIDD (6433) or go to http://go.middlebury.edu/arts.
Photos Alan Kimara Dixon