RESIST: Spring 2017 Senior Project Concert

VCU Dance presents RESIST: Spring 2017 Senior Project Concert in two programs, WednesdaySaturday, April 19-22, 2017 at 8:00 pm, Grace Street Theater, 934 West Grace Street, Richmond, VA. Tickets are $15/$10 students with valid I.D. Group discounts available. Visit or call 804-828-2020 for reservations.

Join the spring 2017 Senior Project class as they proudly present their capstone projects in RESIST in two programs. Experience the ten choreographers’ individual artistic statements as they take their final bow at VCU. Each piece displays a  distinct mode of resistance against various societal norms. Brace yourselves for journeys across oceans, through the forest, and landing in France. Other works will paint the city in graffiti with rebellious strokes embodying women’s rights, the five stages of grief, and will question prejudice caused by colorism. Last, experience a journey of acceptance, an exploration of spontaneity, and a window into a loved one’s past. Updates on RESIST can be found on the concert’s Facebook page, or on the successfully funded Kickstarter page, which contains video introductions to each choreographer!

PROGRAM A – Performing Wed. 4/19 and Fri. 4/21
Jasmine Burriss’s Engraved challenges the idea of “appropriately” dealing with grief. Throughout this journey, seven women confront the ways in which they have dealt with loss – all very differently. As they analyze and question where they are in their grieving process, they come to find comfort in realizing that they have the enduring support of one another all the while.

Emerald Holman’s Crown Culture is influenced by the famous New York street art paintings of Jean Michel Basquiat; seeks to fuse contemporary and house dance styles. Seven female dancers honor the merging of the dance aesthetics with their eloquently blended movement.

Strings of Attachment, choreographed by Bailey Randolph, The work deals with the sense of ease one feels when depending on another versus being dependent on oneself. The dancers dive and glide through movement comparing the benefits and detriments of being in different relative scenarios similar to the various interactions found in the ocean. The dancers share an understood sense of security while yielding to the effects of touch manipulation and weight sharing in the fluid environment created on stage.

Unresolved – Choreography by Aaron Salas

The Brown Paper Bag Test, choreographed by Jada Willis, examines the idea of colorism based on variations in skin tone. Seven dancers will investigate how society defines beauty based on what we see in the media and perspectives that people have. Through fast and demanding movement, the dancers will embody the experience of colorism and how someone can be deemed inferior to others due to the complexion of their skin.

Program B – Performing Thurs. 4/20 and Sat. 4/22
Kevin Carroll’s Hands Down confronts as well as addresses the deeply rooted physical and psychological humiliation and stigma that media and culture has placed upon women and girls.

Inspired by the ancient philosophy of Wu Wei, Callie Moore’s Snap Soup is solely influenced by and created through a spontaneous rehearsal process. This abstract dance work explores the energies of six individual dancers and how their separate auras ebb and flow throughout space to create a cohesive atmosphere amongst chaos.

Taylor Smith’s Critical Patterns is inspired by personal encounters with discrimination due to sexual orientation and race. In the work the dancers influence the space by testing proximity to create dissension through the use of Modern Dance inspired by the hip hop form House. By choreographing this work, the choreographer’s goal is to further social and political acceptance while encouraging individuals to be proud of who they are.

In an idealized world where every building is crafted with Apollonian ornamentation and everyone speaks in romantic poetry, Rachel Stanislawczyk’s The Simmer of Unspoken Time asks, “What friction is rumbling beneath the surface?” Her work questions hundreds of years’ worth of Dionysian confrontation pushed aside and silenced.

In Constance Yunker’s work, Old Growth, eight dancers evoke life in a forest, exploring its various layers of activity. Each performer embodies a character, from the minutia of insect and plant life to the roaming explorations of larger animals, each coming together to create an interwoven ecosystem.

RESIST is the seventh event of the VCU Dance 2016-2017 Season. The presenting program of VCU Dance is committed to building and engaging dance audiences in the University and Richmond community while providing opportunities for artists to present and create work.