DECENNIUM Dance Decoded

Join us this weekend for Decennium: Elon Dance Program Spring Dance Concert as we celebrate 10 years of the BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography! The concert features performances by Elon BFA Dance majors and choreography by guest artist Gaspard Louis and faculty members Jason Aryeh, Gerri Houlihan, Jen Guy Metcalf, Sara Tourek, and Lauren Kearns.

But wait, there’s more!

Love dance and searching for new ways to talk about it? Want to understand contemporary dance? Enjoy dance performance but want to learn more about what goes into it? Then come to Dance Decoded, the Department of Performing Arts’ pre-show talk and demonstration series for dance lovers and dance novices alike.

Friday March 19 at 7:00pm: Choreographer Gerri Houlihan explains how collaboration with lighting designers, musicians, and physicians resulted in her work Change of Heart.

Saturday March 11 at 7:00pm: Choreographer Jen Guy Metcalf discusses how choreographers and dancers collaborated with musicians in the creation of her piece Catalyst. Continue reading DECENNIUM Dance Decoded

PULSE Dance Decoded by Jen Guy Metcalf

 

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Student dancers show how a rugby lift became a dance phrase in “Time Enough,” choreographed by Jen Guy Metcalf, in their Dance Decoded demonstration March 13, 2016.

Assistant Professor of Dance Jen Guy Metcalf describes the sports imagery that inspired her choreography for “Time Enough,” as student dancers from the Elon Dance Company turn her images into movement in their Dance Decoded demonstration for PULSE: The Spring Dance Concert on March 13, 2016 at the McCrary Theatre. Professor Metcalf drew inspiration from sports like rugby, wrestling, and tug-of-war for “Time Enough,” and imagined her dancers as gladiators competing for the crowd’s favor. Continue reading PULSE Dance Decoded by Jen Guy Metcalf

PULSE Dance Decoded by Renay Aumiller

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Elon Dance Company members demonstrate a movement phrase from “The Biggest Fan,” March 12, 2016.

Assistant Professor of Dance Renay Aumiller and student dancers from the Elon Dance Company explain how they created movement phrases in the rehearsal studio that became part of Aumiller’s choreography in her work “The Biggest Fan” in their Dance Decoded talk and demonstration for PULSE: The Spring Dance Concert on March 12, 2016 at the McCrary Theatre. The dancers showed how dance phrases repeat and develop in the piece, which builds a humorous narrative through movement, speech, and props.

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Dancers use movement, speech, and props to create humor in Renay Aumiller’s “The Biggest Fan.” Performance photo by Tony Spielberg.

 

 

PULSE Dance Decoded by Jane Wellford and the Dance Improvisation class

Professor of Dance Jane Wellford and students from her Dance Improvisation class demonstrate how improvisation can be used to create choreography in their Dance Decoded demonstrations before performances of PULSE: The Spring Dance Concert on Friday March 11 and Saturday March 12 at the McCrary Theatre. Professor Wellford explained how instinct and impulse, combined with consideration of Laban Effort Factors such as space, weight, time, and flow, lead to improvisational movement explorations.

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Professor Jane Wellford explains dance improvisation to the crowd on March 12, 2016.

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Dance Decoded Talks for PULSE, the Spring Dance Concert

Join us this weekend for Dance Decoded, a series of pre-show Talks on the Steps before each performance of PULSE, the Spring Dance Concert!

Each Dance Decoded explains how modern dance choreography is created piece by piece. Talks will take you through the creative process—from initial imagery and improvisation to the development of movement languages and dance phrases. Speakers will include:

  • Friday March 11 @ 7pm: Professor of Dance Jane Wellford and students from her Improvisation class will teach you how impulse and improvisation create movement
  • Saturday March 12 @ 1:30pm: Professor of Dance Jane Wellford and more students from her Improvisation class will teach you how impulse and improvisation create movement
  • Saturday March 12 @ 7pm: Assistant Professor of Dance Renay Aumiller will explore how she developed movement phrases and used humor in her choreography for “The Biggest Fan”
  • Sunday March 13 @ 1:30pm: Assistant Professor of Dance Jen Guy Metcalf describes the sports imagery that inspired her choreography for “Time Enough”

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READY. SET. GO! Spring Dance Concert Dance Decoded with Lauren Kearns

Lauren Kearns, Artistic Director of the Elon Dance Company, leads a Dance Decoded presentation for Ready. Set. Go! in front of the McCrary Theatre. This Dance Decoded explores the different ways a choreographer develops movement and how dancers interpret gestural movement phrases. Student dancers Sophie McNeill and Kate Beth Phinney demonstrate phrases from Blood Moon, choreographed by Renay Aumiller, Noir, choreographed by Lauren Kearns, and Shift Excerpt, choreographed by Sumi Clements of New York’s Summation Dance Company. Click on photos below to make larger.

Dancers Sophie McNeill and Kate Beth Phinney demonstrate a phrase from BLOOD MOON, watched by Lauren Kearns. Photo by Tony Spielberg.
Dancers Sophie McNeill and Kate Beth Phinney demonstrate a phrase from BLOOD MOON, watched by Lauren Kearns. 14 March 2015. Photo by Tony Spielberg.

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READY. SET. GO! Spring Dance Concert Dance Decoded with Karl Green

Department of Performing Arts costume designer Karl Green describes his creative process as well as the challenges and rewards of designing for dance in his Dance Decoded presentation for Ready. Set. Go! in front of the McCrary Theatre. Click on photos below to make larger.

Karl Green READY. SET. GO! Dance Decoded 13 March 2015. Photo by Tony Spielberg.
Karl Green READY. SET. GO! Dance Decoded 13 March 2015. Photo by Tony Spielberg.

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