The Department of Dance presents the 2022 Fall Dance concert, with choreography by dance faculty Associate Professor Kim Jones, Associate Professor Tamara Williams, Visiting Assistant Professor Audrey Baran, and special guest artist Rosangela Silvestre from Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. Silvestre is the founder of Silvestre Dance Technique, a pioneer of African -Brazilian dances and ancestral expressions, and a vocalist, percussionist, and cultural preserver.
The program features Crown, choreographed by Rosangela Silvestre in movement investigation with students, as well as Under the Umbrellas, choreographed by senior dance major Arelys Duran Llorens and selected from "Under Construction," a department initiative to develop student choreography. Seven student works with over 25 student dancers were mentored by faculty and performed in our lab theater in April 2022. The work centers on Arelys's Puerto Rican heritage and addresses a range of experiences from street parties to enduring hurricanes, and its intriguing arc and demonstration of coexisting contradictions open possibilities for new futures.