VCUarts Department of Dance and Choreography presents “TWO TRUTHS: Truth 1” Fall 2023 Senior Project Concerts

All performances are $10 for general admission and $5 with a VCU ID. To reserve tickets, visit

TWO TRUTHS: Truth 1” is a student-generated concert of the fall Seniors’ undergraduate projects that includes 9 original works created by this cohort of emerging artists.

F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote, “The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.” “TWO TRUTHS” explores and celebrates diversity and duality. Nothing is universal, however it is the ability to embrace our individuality and build community with each other that makes us such a vibrant and driven cohort of dancers. It is time to embrace uncertainty and dive head first into the unknown.

– Senior Project Students


  • Friday, November 17th and Saturday, November 18th, 7:30 PM at the Grace St Theater, 934 W Grace St, Richmond, VA
    • Sophia Berger, Khiana Gilmer, Abby Hardy, Trina Jeffer, Marissa Schroeder, ChloeWalker, and Makayla Woolner
  • Friday, December 1st, 5:30 PM and 7:00 PM at the VCU Dance Center, 10 N Brunswick St, Studio 203
    • Erin Dutton
  • Friday, December 8th, 7:30 PM at the Institute for Contemporary Art, 601 W Broad St
    • Holly Trenbath

With an emphasis on experiencing states of oneness and alignment, Sophia Berger challenges these ideals in contrast with existing under consumed and oversaturated conditions in everything consumed, nothing empty. When we become aware and respond to being “too full,” we invite openness, opportunity and the attraction of what truly fills us.

Khiana Gilmer’s piece Subduing the Arduous, conveys the journey of the external and emotional pressures placed on artists and the desire we experience to push through and discover our fullest potential.

Using the theory of symbiogenesis, Abby Hardy’s piece, A Constant Becoming, investigates the interconnectedness of human life through the lens of nature. In collaboration with their cast, they are drawing inspiration from fungi, trees, and the intricate webs they form to support each other as a community.

Iconoclast, choreographed by Trina Jeffer, showcases the transition from religious legalism to self fulfillment and freedom. It honors the continued choice to love even when others fail to do so.

Marissa Schroeder’s work, All Depart The Veil, reflects the cycle of revelations throughout the human experience. Using themes of unveiling, cleansing, and renewal, Schroeder aims to tell a story in which the physical and spiritual self undergo a transformation.

During the process of embarking on one’s personal journey requires boldness and an unapologetic urge to push boundaries. Chloe Walker’s work, Trailblazer, investigates the question: What does it take for one to embody their individuality and realize their calling?

Who are you? Makayla Woolner’s, The Absorption of Man, explores self identity. How do your closest relationships affect the lens in which you see yourself? What determines one’s vision of self within the world around them? Really, who are you?

Erin Dutton’s piece explores the relationship between food and dance. In Indulgence Sans Guilt; i shall not fear, Dutton questions how sensation-based culinary textures inspire physical feeling and movement, along with finding community around a table, and the safety within ritual.

In response to the rise of the digital revolution, Holly Trenbath’s, EarlyBrain!: E001001 – an immersive work premiering at the Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA) – explores the effects of digital technology and media on human interaction, community, and memory. The dance-theater approach of this work intends to involve and confront the viewing party, asking them questions they may not have paused to ask themselves.