2014 Graduates Include Hai Do, Cameron McKinney, Jill Moshman, and Rachel Nuñez
Middlebury, VT—Senior dance majors Hai Do, Cameron McKinney, Jill Moshman, and Rachel Nuñez will present the culmination of their dance studies in a joint concert entitled “Reconstructed Notions” on May 2 and 3 at the Mahaney Center for the Arts. Approaching dance from four distinct directions, these students will present a concert that is at once diverse and dynamic. Their work will draw together a unique blend of research, personal and collective memory, and movement vocabularies, creating a diverse and engaging performance that will provide the audience with widely varied projections of the dancing body.
Hai Do ’14, a double major in dance and economics, will present his work in two parts: a quintet and a solo. Inspired by the spiritual traditions of Naraka in Buddhism and địa phủ in Vietnamese folk religion, his quintet is a personal visualization of hell, imagined through the dancers’ bodies, the set, and unique projection design. His intense and detailed group work will include student dancers Honami Iizuka ’14, Liilia Namsing ’16, Cynthia Park ’16, Laura Xiao ’17, and Yuexin Zeng ’16. In his solo, Do confronts his deep emotions of rage, sadness, and regret, ultimately finding himself dancing in the vast, empty space that is the intersection between his brain and his heart.
Cameron McKinney ’14, a joint dance and Japanese major, will culminate his study of Butoh by examining Japan through both its ancient history and a contemporary lens. His work will portray Japan’s most brilliant moments and give life to its darkest corners by investigating the post-war ankoku butoh (“dance of darkness”) and its ideology of embracing both the dominant and repressed aspects of the psyche in order to better understand oneself. His movement demands physical and emotional complexity and challenges the audience to reconsider definitions of “right and wrong”, beauty, and dance. McKinney will perform with Anna Baratta ’15, Elise Cabral ’16, Brenna Roets ’17, and Najwa Stanford ’16.
Jill Moshman ’14 will engage the study of her double majors, dance and psychology, by creating an intricate and intimate duet with Doug LeCours ’15 that investigates the salience of memory on physical movement. Moshman and LeCours will be joined onstage by musician Taylor Bickford ’14 in this work that explores multiplicity and dualism in our environment, and projects the transformation of the mundane to the surreal with the passage of time.
Nuñez, a double major in dance and sociology, focuses on the complex interaction between the social theories of gender and performance and the personal experiences of her body. Exploring how the broad concepts of objectification, control, and agency manifest themselves in her day-to-day life, Nuñez’s work is equal parts action and analysis, focusing largely on movement as the antidote to apology. Nuñez will perform with dancers Danielle Weindling ’17 and Laura Xiao ’17.
The senior dance concert “Reconstructed Notions” will be performed on Friday, May 2 and Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 8:00 P.M. each evening in the Dance Theatre of the Kevin P. Mahaney ’84 Center for the Arts. Tickets are $12 for the general public; $10 for Middlebury College faculty, staff, alumni, emeriti, and other ID card holders; and $6 for Middlebury College students. Rehearsals Cafe will offer beverages and light refreshments starting an hour before curtain, through intermission, and after the show each night. The Mahaney Center for the Arts is located at 72 Porter Field Road in Middlebury, just off Route 30 south. Free parking is available. For tickets or information, call (802) 443-MIDD (6433) or go to http://go.middlebury.edu/arts.
Photos by Alan Kimara Dixon