Modern Dance Seniors present “Introspection” in two live-streamed concerts

March 12 2021

Guest post written by Modern Dance senior, Abbigail Raasch

 The seniors in the Modern Program within the University of Utah’s School of Dance are presenting their final concert series, Introspection.  This series is composed of two live-streamed concerts, available for free through the School of Dance. Both weekends of the concert will involve the presenting of a dance film directed by New York-based guest artist Shannon Gillen. The first concert will premiere new works by Lauren Morrison, Ashlyn McBride, Celine David, Abigail Raasch, Laura Baumeister, Talia Dixon, and Kimberly Orozco. The second concert will present new works by Sarah Oh, Sofia Santa-Anna Skites, Becca Webb, Georgia Patterson, Tori Meyer, Sunny Swazey, and Annika Zeuberbuehler.

These choreographers come from a variety of backgrounds and locations. Many of those currently located in the Salt Lake Valley will be presenting solo or group pieces designed for stage and then professionally live streamed for all. Those students located around the country will be presenting first premieres of their screen dances. The concert’s title, Introspection, is a reflection on the ways in which prolonged isolation from peers and collaborators has been both a challenge and inspiration for the students’ work.  

For many graduating seniors, this year did not exactly go as planned. Entering freshman year at university, these students had planned on a final live performance where energy is radiated, and community could bring power. Although there is not an in-person experience for any of these final moments, there is hope you will join virtually. The focus is to effectively communicate our thoughts, research, aesthetics, and passions with you through art and the power of movement.

Art will be shared in effort to create a collaborative community whether it be virtually or in the theater. The works all share a common theme that reflects the adaptable nature with which the students approached their creative processes in this unique year.  As one of the School of Dance professors once shared, “we are trained in embodied adaptation.”

These artists have created a way to share their passion with you in an accessible way. They hope you will join them for both of the free live-streams of the concerts. The first concert will be March 25 @ 5:30pm, March 26 @ 7:30pm, and March 27 @ 7:30pm. The second concert will be April 8 @ 5:30pm, April 9 @ 7:30pm, and April 10 @ 7:30pm.

For more information about the shows, please visit https://dance.utah.edu/virtualshows