University of Utah MFA Graduate Candidates Present Modern Dance Concert: Fugue

November 20 2017

The University of Utah School of Dance presents a modern dance concert entitled: Fugue featuring choreography by MFA candidates: Brianna Lopez, Dat Nguyen, Louisa Rankin, and Rebekah Ryan. The concert will be a compilation of the four artists’ thesis research, presented on the Hayes Christensen Theater stage in the Marriott Center for Dance. Like the layered musical composition and the surreal state of altered consciousness, Fugue explodes the boundaries of modern dance and uses movement to entice, enlighten, and push the limits of thought and curiosity.

Brianna Lopez aspires to reimagine desire as an autonomous act and an intuitive response that welcomes a transparent, accessible, and sensate body. Her work aims to conceptualize the ways in which we think about the body and its desires through metaphor, imagery, and sensation—in order to influence new ways of experiencing embodiment.

Dat Nguyen investigates the idea of dance as being “anti-spectacle” by establishing a playground on which multiple ideas exchange and interrupt each other constantly. Dat hopes that his research will allow him to uproot the social/cultural structure (consciously or subconsciously) that perpetually turns dance and other art forms into spectacles to be consumed.

Louisa Rankin investigates the term “isolation” and how it can be explored and explained through movement. Set to the gritty and melodic music of Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, this work is specifically geared towards situations in which isolation exists in our current lives and experiences – places of personal discovery/revelation, illness, anxiety/fear of rejection, incongruity, guilt, secrets, and narcissism.

Rebekah Ryan’s interests draw attention to the adaptive body. She researches how the body accepts and thrives under the pressure and demand for change. Her work fuses various genres of dance and instrumental sounds together in attempts to orchestrate an encompassing strength of diversity and reorientation.

Show Dates and Times:
November 30th at 5:30 p.m.
December 1st & 2nd at 7:30 p.m.

Located at the Marriott Center for Dance, University of Utah. Tickets available online or at the door: FREE with the U Artspass (UID) for University of Utah students/$12 Adults/$8 Students, Faculty, Seniors. For more information visit the School of Dance.