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MFA Thesis Concert – Illuminated

The Department of Dance at Case Western Reserve University will continue the 2014-2015 season with Illuminated, a thesis concert featuring works by Master of Fine Arts candidates Hannah Barna and Amanda Clark in addition to a work by guest choreographer and alumna Chun-Jou Tsai. Performances are March 26, 27, 28 at 8 p.m. and March 29 at 2:30 p.m. at Mather Dance Center on the Case Western Reserve campus.
The Illuminated program will include two premiere solo works by the MFA candidates. Vicissitude, choreographed and performed by Clark uses music by Sofia Gubaidulina and is the journey of a woman from a chrysalis-like place to a place of higher being. She who creates Light, choreographed by Barna features music by Henry Wolff and Nancy Henning, follows a woman who has the ability to create light through movement.


Each MFA candidate also created a new group work for the program. Harmony of Dichotomies, choreographed to music by Giza Frid, is Barna’s duet for two female dancers that explores the similarities and differences between ballet and modern dance. Là, tout n’est qu’ordre et beauté – Luxe, calme et volupté is a trio performed to music by Lou Harrison. The inspiration for this work came to Clark during a research trip to Europe made possible through the Eva L. Pancoast Memorial Fellowship. The piece explores the feminine figures of Henri Matisse’s painting Luxe, Calme, et Volupté in the Musée D’Orsay in Paris, France. Charles Baudelaire’s poem Invitation du Voyage served as inspiration to Matisse when creating this painting, and provided additional inspiration for Clark’s choreography.

Graduate and undergraduate dance students will work for one week with Tsai, who earned her MFA in dance from CWRU in 2013. Tsai’s work, Time River, is choreographed to the music of Philip Glass and is an ensemble work for eight dancers that explores the continuum of the natural phenomena of people coming in and out of one’s life throughout our collective journeys through time. At the heart of the dance is the seemingly unconscious passing of time as well as the importance of living “in the here and now.”

Illuminated runs March 26, 27, 28 at 8 p.m. and March 29 at 2:30 p.m. All performances take place at Mather Dance Center, 11201 Bellflower Road, on the Case Western Reserve University campus. Tickets are $7 for students with ID, $10 for adults 60+ and CWRU personnel, and $15 for general admission. Reservations are recommended, and may be made by calling (216) 368-5246, or online at

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