Philadelphia choreographers Megan Mizanty and Rori Smith present their culminating master’s thesis, After Bodies, an evening-length performance featuring two dynamic new works. Both works engage bodies in a technology spiral, bodies being absorbed through the screens of increasingly present digital devices. Both choreographers investigate how the body’s sensuous experience is impacted: how we see, hear and speak about ourselves amidst the swell of mediating technologies.
After Bodies will be presented on April 12, 7:30pm and April 13, 2:30pm and 7:30pm at Conwell Dance Theater, 5th Floor Conwell Hall, Temple University, N Broad St & E Montgomery Ave, Phila., PA. Tickets are $20 General Admission, $15 Student/Senior, $10 Temple Employee/Dance Professionals w/I.D., and $5 Temple Students (with Owlcard). Tickets are available Mon-Sat 10-5 from the Liacouras Center Box Office, 1776 N Broad St, Phila., PA, online at www.liacourascenter.com, or by phone 1-800-298-4200.
Mizanty’s An Attachment features professional singers and dancers from Philadelphia, as well as Temple graduate and undergraduate dancers. This rich interdisciplinary venture bridges the body and the voice in Temple University’s Conwell Dance Theater. The work explores dynamics of texting, Facebook and cellphone use, and how it is affecting the human body and verbal/body language. The space will be transformed into an unexpected territory, where lines will be blurred between performer and audience, singer and dancer, and body and machine. Featuring the performances of: Kate Abernethy, Crystal Albrecht, Hilary Bucell, Joanna Martin, Megan Mizanty, Michael Nguyen, Minh Nguyen and Melissa Rodis.
In Smith’s Skin your ghost and wear it dancers Shailer Kern-Carruth, Megan Quinn and Ariel Zablocki experience the uncanny. Faced with towering video projections of themselves, they attempt to make contact, to turn pixels into cells and merge with their digital skin. Skin your ghost explores the digital body as a powerful doppelgänger and constructor of self-image and the anxiety induced by an imagined perfection that seems always out of grasp, fixed in the corner of your eye.
Megan Mizanty moved to Philadelphia in Fall 2010, and she began her M.F.A. studies at Temple University. During her graduate career, she has remained committed to interdisciplinary work, primarily with vocalists and musicians from the Boyer College of Music and Dance. Much of her work has focused on bridging the compositional potentials of the voice and the body, and using these vessels to connect to everyday human experience. Megan has served as an undergraduate instructor for “Shall We Dance? Dance as Narrative in American Film” for three semesters. She served as Academic Intern for Department Chair/Professor Sherril Dodds, and is a Susan Rethorst/Group Motion Multi Media Theatre Ambassador for the Live Arts Series in Philadelphia. Her work was recently shown at the American College Dance Festival, Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Community Education Center, Angler Movement Studio, and Bill H Photography Showcase. She has had the pleasure of performing for Professor Philip Grosser, Eun Jung Choi, LEVYdance, Danielle Greene, Melissa Rodis, and was a singer for Kun-Yang Lin Dancers company performance.
Rori Smith is a Philadelphia-based dance, performance and media artist. She is currently completing her MFA in Dance at Temple University, where she serves as a Graduate Teaching Assistant. She holds a BA in Anthropology and has an interest in semiotics, the iconography of women and feminist approaches to visual culture. Her performance work pursues the body as it produces/is produced by, consumes/is consumed by a visual world. Her dances and installations have recently been presented by Chi Movement Art Center, Conwell Dance Theater, The Philadelphia Fringe Festival, The Diamond Screen Festival and the American Collegiate Dance Festival Association. She is the recipient of the 2013 Rose Vernick Award for Artistic Transformation.
After Bodies is funded by the Boyer College of Music and Dance Dean’s Grant and by the Rose Vernick Fund.
MFA Thesis Concert of Megan Mizanty and Rori Smith
April 12th 7:30 p.m. and April 13th 2:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.
Conwell Dance Theater, Temple University, 5th Floor Conwell Hall, N Broad St & E Montgomery Ave, Phila., PA
Tickets: $20 General Admission, $15 Student/Senior, $10 Temple Employees/Dance Professionals w/I.D., $5 Temple Students (with Owlcard)
For on-campus, cash only, ticket purchase, please visit the Liacouras Center Box Office, 1776 N Broad St, Phila., PA Mon-Sat 10-5.
Purchase online at www.liacourascenter.com or call 1-800-298-4200.
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