Mather Dance Collective Performance to Feature Undergraduate Students, Graduate Students and Community Members
Date posted: April 11, 2013
The Department of Dance at Case Western Reserve University will present Spring MaDaCol 2013, April 18 at 8 p.m., April 19 at 8 p.m., and April 20 at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Performances will feature new dance works by graduate students, Karina Browne and Danielle Dowler, a senior capstone dance piece by Jacob Marx, and a new work choreographed by CWRU alumna Kristy Clement.
About the Works:
Senior undergraduate dance and physics major, Jacob Marx, will be presenting his capstone project L’ombre d’un Rêve. The title of the piece, which translates to “the shadow of a dream,” questions the connection between dreams and the real world. The work is based off of “La Rêve,” a painting by Salvador Dali infused with movement derivative of Gaga technique.
Danielle Dowler, a second year graduate dance student, will be presenting a new work titled Themiscyra set to music by Clint Mansell. The piece is inspired by a previous solo study and features all female dancers. The work investigates ritualistic action while using strong movements to explore space and dynamics.
Second year graduate student, Karina Browne will present a new work titled Dirty Orchestra. This work, set to various musical selections by Black Violin and is inspired by orchestral themes. Browne’s piece has a modern, hip-hop twist and plays on themes of music visualization.
CWRU alumna, Kristy Clement, returns to set, Efficiency, the last piece of a trilogy of works portraying satirical and fantastical environments that reflect upon human shortcomings. “Sometimes in the attempt to make our lives’ easier we apply complicated systems or use technology that creates new sets of problems and obstacles” Clement states. Madne$$ and Creatures of Habit were both previously presented parts of the trilogy. In Efficiency, Clement brings to life an inventor and her circus of human machine parts.
MaDaCol is a student organization that offers a creative and important outlet for CWRU students (undergraduate and graduate), faculty, staff and Greater Cleveland community members. In 2013, 42 dancers from these diverse backgrounds will be participating in the production.
Tickets and Location:
Mather Dance Center is located at 11201 Bellflower Road, on the Case Western Reserve University campus. Tickets are $5 for general admission and may be purchased at Mather Dance Center prior to each performance. Early arrival is suggested due to limited seating. No reservations and no advance sales will be made.
Date posted: February 26, 2013
The Case Western Reserve University Department of Dance will present Converging Pathways, March 21, 22 and 23 at 8:00 p.m. and March 24 at 2:30 p.m. at the Mather Dance Center on the CWRU campus. The dance thesis concert includes works by Master of Fine Arts candidates Carissa Bellando and Chun-Jou Tsai and will premiere group works and solos danced by graduate and undergraduate students.
About the works:
A new group work, Time River, by Chun-Jou Tsai is set to the music of Philip Glass 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.’
A solo performance, Rivela, by Carissa Bellando will take the audience through a woman’s journey towards acceptance of self. Emboldened by the acknowledgement of others, she strives to overcome constraints, builds confidence as a mature woman, and finds the fortitude to reveal her true nature to others and thus honor herself.
Bellando and Tsai will perform a duet titled Plain of Passage created by Karen Potter, Dance Department Chair. The new work is set to the music of J. Metcalfe and explores the bond of friendship while they draw nigh to pursuing their individual paths.
Soliloquize, choreographed by Tsai, draws from previous creative pursuits as well as the concepts and methods of exploring movement that have intrigued artists such as William Forsythe and Trisha Brown. The work is a soliloquy through movement and is performed to the music of John Cage and Matthew Doyle.
Sea Swept, choreographed by Bellando and set to music by John Adams, is an abstract work for nine female dancers that draws inspiration from the ocean. The dance features continual states of motion and energy, from calm and tranquil to rough and tempestuous and portrays the kinetic movement of the ocean during these various passages.
Tickets and Location:
Mather Dance Center is located at 11201 Bellflower Road, on the Case Western Reserve University campus. Tickets are $5 for students, $7 for seniors and CWRU personnel and $10 for general admission. Tickets may be reserved by calling (216) 368-5246. Tickets are also available at Mather Dance Center prior to each performance.
Date posted: November 19, 2012
The Dance department at Case Western Reserve University is pleased to announce this fall’s production of MaDaCol (Mather Dance Collective). Performances will feature new dance works by graduate students, Karina Browne and Danielle Dowler, as well as the capstone project by senior undergraduate student, Keely Saslow.
MaDaCol is a student organization, which offers a creative and important outlet for CWRU students (undergraduate and graduate), faculty, staff and Greater Cleveland community members. This year, 60 dancers from these diverse backgrounds will be participating in the production.
Danielle Dowler, a second year graduate student at Mather Dance Center and CWRU undergraduate alumna, will be premiering a new work titled Su-Z-Q. The dance piece is set on MaDaCol members to multiple selections by the band Caravan Palace. Taking inspiration from the dances of the 1920′s-1940′s, Su-Z-Q is light-hearted and upbeat with explorations of spatial calligraphy and musicality.
Dr. Night Mare is a new work choreographed by senior undergraduate dance and biology major, Keely Saslow. 20 MaDaCol performers will be dancing to music by Acoustica Alarm Will Sound and Aphex Twin in this work where a student falls asleep in the library and “awakens” in a nightmare.
Second year graduate student Karina Browne will be premiering a new work titled Victory of the Feet to the Vitamin String Quartet’s covers of Queen music. This work is set during a dodgeball game between rival teams, the jocks and the nerds. Will brains prove victorious over brawn?
Tickets are $5 for general admission and may be purchased at Mather Dance Center prior to each performance. Early arrival is suggested because seating fills quickly. No reservations and no advance sales will be made.