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Paper, Bones, and Sand: Journeys and Conversations
February 14 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
One event on February 15, 2020 at 7:30 pm
Boyer College of Music and Dance Presents: “Paper, Bones, and Sand: Journeys and Conversations,” with works by Matthew Olwell, Dawn States, & Ying Yu.
“File May Be Corrupted: Inquiries in Jig, Clog, and Sand”
Performer/choreographer Matthew Olwell explores the complex origins of tap dance, clogging, and Appalachian flatfooting. Querying the origin stories and oral histories of these traditions, which encompass the performance spaces of the jazz era, blackface minstrelsy, and intersecting Irish and African diasporas, Olwell and special guest collaborators Robyn Watson, Jake Blount, and Emily Oleson engage in a danced conversation in search of the communicative promise of percussive dance.
“The Bone Ballet” by Dawn States
A ballerina explores how they acquired their disability using the ballet idiom to share this personal and life-changing experience. They then embark on a journey of creation at the nexus of ballet and disability; examining the possibilities for both ballet and disability aesthetics.
“My Dearest Stranger”
This work by choreographer Ying Yu seeks to explore and dissect the ways in which emotions affect human behavior and action and examine the psychology of human nature. Specifically, this performance piece, as well as its creative process, will concern itself with one of the most common and disparaging feelings faced throughout history.