dancers: Kimara Wood, Rachel Landrum, Taylor Burrows, Hannah Weber, Quincie Hydock, Adrianna Oden, Pace Short, Maeve Talbot, Charles Goodall, Daniyah Menna, Natasia Nelson
photo: Carlos Funn
design: Matt Klimas
Richmond, VA— Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Dance and Choreography presents ENCAPTURE: A Senior Project Concert in Two Parts at the Grace Street Theater, 934 West Grace Street, Richmond, VA. Program A will run Wednesday and Friday, April 24 & 26 at 8:00pm; Program B will run Thursday and Saturday, April 25 & 27 at 8:00 pm. Tickets are $15/$10 students with valid I.D. and are available now at Showclix or by calling 804-828-2020.
The Senior Project Concert is the capstone experience for students of VCU Dance. Choreographed and produced by eleven seniors graduating this May, ENCAPTURE premieres new work that explores a wide array of contrasting themes. Each piece is inspired by a variety of topics, ranging from Capoeira to Picasso to Dr. Seuss, showcasing works that vary in style and evoke a range of emotions. The diversity of the original works in ENCAPTURE will ensure a unique and fulfilling experience for the audience.
Works and choreographers in PROGRAM A on Wednesday and Friday, April 24 & 26 are: Draconian by Charles Goodall, Innocence Captured by Nastasia Nelson, Dystopia by Adrianna Oden, with windows but no doors by Maeve Talbot, SMOKE choreographed by Christian von Howard and performed by Quincie Hydock, and Frugal Fare by Pace Short.
The ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle idealized the male form and psyche, and his writings inspired Charles Goodall’s Draconian. Goodall transforms six male dancers into hypothetical representations of Aristotle’s idealized perception of the male specimen. Using clean, clear phrase work and organized spacial patterns to indicate Aristotle’s “organized” male psyche, Goodall crafts movement demanding speed, strength, and agility to showcase the male form.
In Innocence Captured, Nastasia Nelson delves into the struggle to remember and recapture innocence. Through richly embodied physical motion, the dancers weave moments of innocence in conflict.
Dystopia by Adrianna Oden scrutinizes the thin line between reality and surrealism with inspiration from David Ho’s painting My Darkest Hour. While dancers reside in an alien world of desolation, an outsider interrupts them and creates pandemonium despite the dancers’ attempts to regain control of their already tattered world.
Inspired by Oliver Sacks’ case studies compiled in the book Awakenings, Maeve Talbot culled descriptions of patients’ uncontrollable physical idiosyncrasies caused by encephalitis lethargica. Dancers explore the influence and impediment extreme gestural movements can have on pedestrian movement phrases in Talbot’s work with windows but no doors.
SMOKE, a new solo work by VCU Dance and Choreography faculty member Christian von Howard, features Quincie Hydock, a graduating senior of the VCU/Richmond Ballet dual degree performance track program. SMOKE illustrates a dark struggle between the visual and physical confinements created in the psyche and body as both elements entrap the ability to explore space.
Pablo Picasso’s sketch The Frugal Repast inspired Pace Short to create a work that dissects the idea of steadfast relationships. Frugal Fare, like Picasso’s sketch, relies on texture and shading to create a sense of uneasiness. Short’s fast-paced dance work uses athletic partnering and intricate gestures to explore complacency in long standing relationships as well as the emotionally stirring need for essential nourishment.
Works and choreographers in PROGRAM B on Thursday and Saturday, April 25 & 27 are: (lapse chroma) Falls of Color by Hannah Weber, Homeostasis by Taylor Burrows, Secrets of the Young by Daniyah Menna, Natural Selection by Kimara Wood, and When Tweetle Beetles Battle by Rachel Landrum.
Hannah M Weber’s work (lapse chroma) Falls of Color explores the geography in Daniela Campins’ You Can’t Get There From Here, a painting influenced by the Angel Falls of Venezuela. By executing the geometrical color found in both the foreground and background of Campins’ painting, Weber morphs the dancers into pigments.
Force can be defined as “any influence that causes an object to undergo a certain change”. In the piece, Homeostasis, Taylor Burrows experiments with applying force without physical contact. The exploration reveals various types of change and the possible reactions.
Through dance, Daniyah Menna’s work Secrets of the Young examines facts about abuse and struggles endured by girls around the world. Through personalized gestures, each dancer conveys a “girl fact” introducing the audience to their own secret struggles.
Power is the possession of control or command over others, and throughout history, many leaders have risen to power for their own needs. Their selfish desires often resulted in uprisings by people who demanded control over their own lives. Influenced by humanities’ instinctive desire to dominate others, Kimara Wood researched the use of Capoeira based movement and animalistic imagery to display cycles of power being lost, shifted, and regained in Natural Selection.
Inspired by Fox in Socks, a children’s book by Dr. Seuss, When Tweetle Beetles Battle is a new work choreographed by Rachel Landrum that unites whimsical gestural and partner work. The dancers engage in a playful, curious, and slightly antagonistic relationship and physical banter amidst colorful boxes and each other.
ENCAPTURE is the tenth event in the 2012-2013 VCU Dance season. The students extend their gratitude to ENCAPTURE Kickstarter campaign donors whose generous contributions exceeded expectations and supported costuming and collaborating artists. Recognized by professional dancers and choreographers as “a place where things are happening,” Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Dance and Choreography offers a vibrant and stimulating atmosphere where students prepare for careers in dance. VCUarts is ranked the #1 public university arts and design program in the country according to US News & World Report.