Dance Department

Events, Spring 2016

Community Dance at Reed

Community Dance at ReedFebruary 10 - April 27
Wednesdays, 6:10 - 7:30pm
Massee Performance Lab

The Reed College Dance Department is excited to announce open community dance sessions. These sessions are a collective forum for moving and talking about social, cultural, and identity-based issues that community members bring to the table. We welcome all bodies, with a critical awareness of how race, class, ability, gender, and sexuality impact the ways we relate to ourselves and one another in public. Over the semester, we will collaboratively create a dance work, based on a theme of the group's choosing, that will be presented at the Spring Dance Concert (May 2016). Attendance at every session is not required to participate in the final Spring Dance Concert. No previous dance experience required to participate.

This is free and open to the public; children are welcome.

Visiting Dance Scholar Dr. Cristina Rosa

Cristina RosaFrom Tufts University's Department of Drama and Dance
Presenting Public Lecture: " Regarding the New Wave of African American Choreographers and Their Gestures of Interweaving"
Thursday, February 25, 2016 @ 6:30pm
PAB Performance Lab

Free and open to public

Dr. Rosa is a native of Brazil who migrated to the US in 1996. Her research interests include the intersection of embodiment, knowledge production, and processes of identification. In her recently published book Brazilian Bodies and Their Choreographies of Identification (Palgrave McMillan), she examines how aesthetic principles cultivated across the black Atlantic contributed to the construction of Brazil as an imagined community. Additionally, Rosa has been published in the edited book Performing Brazil (2015) and Cultures in Process: Encounter and Experience (2009), and peer reviewed journals such as TDR and e-misférica. Rosa currently teaches at Tufts University and has previously taught at Reed College, the University of California, Riverside, the Florida State University, and the California Institute of the Arts. She has also served as a research fellow at Freie Universität Berlin's International Research Center "Interweaving Performance Cultures" (Germany, 2012-13). She earned her PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles

Supported by the Dance Department & Weitkamp Funds

Dance Department Info Session

Wednesday, March 4, 2016 @ 11:30am-1pm
PAB Dance Studio

Come for an informal information session on the dance major requirements at Reed starting next year. This is a great opportunity to meet members of the dance faculty, to talk about courses offered in the dance major and to have your questions answered.

Visiting Artist Kyle Abraham / Abraham.In.Motion (March 12-15, 2016)

Kyle AbrahamComposition & Choreography Workshop –a workshop for advanced dance students
Saturday – Sunday, March 12-13, 2016 @ 9:00 am – 5:00pm
PAB Dance Studio

Workshop for dance students (Intermediate / Advanced Level)
Monday, March 14, 2016 @ 3:10-4:30pm
PAB Dance Studio

A lecture demonstration on Kyle Abraham choreographic work with company
Monday, March 14, 2016 @ 6:30pm
PAB Performance Lab

Workshop for students in all arts disciplines (Dance/Theater/Music/Visual Arts/Creative Writing)
Tuesday, March 15, 2016 @ 4:10 – 5:30pm
PAB Dance Studio

Kyle Abraham is a choreographer and dancer probing the relationship between identity and personal history through a unique hybrid of traditional and vernacular dance styles that speaks to a new generation of dancers and audiences. With diverse training in music, visual art, and dance—and breathtaking skill as a performer—Abraham's highly physical dance vocabulary reflects the youthful energy of the hip-hop and urban dance he encountered in his adolescence as well as a strong grounding in modern dance technique.

In works for his own company, Kyle Abraham/, and others, starting shifts in gestures and music create a rich dialogue between internal emotional landscapes and shared cultural experiences. Kyle is a recipient of 2013 MacArthur Fellow, an appointed New York Live Arts Resident Commissioned Artist for 2012-2014. He was named the 2012 Jacob's Pillow Dance Award recipient and 2012 USA Ford Fellow.

His choreography has been presented throughout the United States and abroad, most recently at On The Boards, South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, REDCAT, Philly Live Arts, Portland's PICA TBA, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival to name a few. In 2011, OUT Magazine labeled Kyle as the "best and brightest creative talent to emerge in New York City in the age of Obama".

Auditions for Spring Dance Concert

Friday, April 15, 2016 @ 4:30-6:00pm
PAB Dance Studio

Prepare and audition your choreography to be shown in the Winter Dance Concert. Choreography must be original and complete, no more than 5 minutes for ensemble pieces and no more than 3 minutes for solo pieces. When the audition date is set, you may reserve a time slot on the sign-up sheet posted outside the PAB Dance Studio door. Please bring to the audition your own music, costume ideas, and information on any special technical needs you might have. For questions, please contact Minh Tran or MacKenzie Simone Schuller

Spring Dance Concert

Friday-Saturday, May 6-7, 2016 @ 7:00pm
Greenwood Performance Stage
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$3 Reed Community, $5 Seniors and Non-Reed Students, $7 Adults

The Reed College Dance Department presents the 2016 Spring Dance Concert, featuring student created choreography as well as pieces developed in dance courses throughout the semester. Within classwork, the dancers of Dance 312 have had the opportunity to work with material by Trisha Brown, and collaborative intensively over an entire weekend with Kyle Abraham and members of his company, Abraham.In.Motion. This year’s spring concert will be held in Greenwood Performance Stage on Friday, May 6th and Saturday, May 7th at 7 pm.

Professor Minh Tran’s advanced contemporary technique course focuses on various elements of choreography. This semester’s students have explored these concepts through choreography created by Trisha Brown seminal work “Son of Gone Fishin’ ” (1981), which Minh Tran has staged on his students, and also worked collaboratively with the students focusing on the relations between them and variation as a process of development in Trisha Brown’s choreography. This class also had the opportunity to work with Kyle Abraham, who had a weeklong residency with Reed College. Over a weekend, the students of Dance 312 learned Abraham’s own material, his methodology, and also had the opportunity to create new movement inspired by Abraham’s work. In the spring concert, these students will present a work-in-progress showing which is the fruit of that weekend-long experience.

Professor Victoria Fortuna’s Community Dance and Collective Creation will present a work that is collaboratively developed by students and community members.   This work is a result from Fortuna and her students explore community dance as a mode of choreographic composition and social intervention based on principals of collective creation. Additionally, the Spring Dance Concert presents one piece choreographed by Reed Dance Troupe, a student organized extra-curricular dance group. This piece is completely choreographed, designed, and performed by Reed student dancers. Dance Troupe members meet for several hours each week throughout the semester to bring together their creative vision for the Spring Dance Concert.

The Spring 2016 Dance Concert is made possible with support by the Reed College Dance Department, the Weitkamp Fund, and the Wolfe Fund.