CSULB Dance Department Presents Blurred Realities October 14 – 16

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csulb-mfa-dance-program presents Blurred RealitiesThe California State University, Long Beach Dance Department presents Blurred Realities featuring choreography by the Graduate Dance Group, including Jenilyn Brown, Summer Brown, Jessica Kondrath, Brian Moe, Renee Murray, and Sara Pfeifle. This evening of dance runs October 14, 15,  and 16, 2010 in the Martha B. Knoebel Dance Theater on the California State University, Long Beach campus. Blurred Realities features innovative premieres by MFA candidates in the Department of Dance.

In her dance film, Boundary, Jenilyn Brown captures the essence of blurred distinctions between realities. By physically manipulating the medium of paint with their bodies, her dancers create a work of art that combines black and white to make gray. Summer Brown’s When the Question Comes is the first of three thesis works that uses the choreographic process as a way to investigate performance training methodology. Inspired by excerpts from Pablo Neruda’s Book of Questions, this particular work explores unanswerable questions of life, death, and war.

As If Falling Up, choreographed by Jessica Kondrath, is an exploration of choreographic structure in relation to musical structure as well as an investigation into the neutralization of gender. By positioning her dancers as the tools to create and execute dance, Kondrath does not view and categorize her dancers as man or woman specifically. They are bodies moving through space and time. Brian Moe’s Transitioning Through Cyclic Existence is an abstraction of the soul’s journey following death as depicted in the Tibetan book of the Dead and more specifically in the Great Liberation by Hearing.

Your Next Move, choreographed by Renee Murray, is an ensemble work that utilizes the two dimensionality of film and the three dimensionality of live dance to create skewed realities for her dancers to jump between while in the midst of a game. As the dancers’ game unfolds, it brings up ideas of camaraderie, competition, strategy, loss, and excitement. Rain Still Drops, choreographed by Sara Pfeifle, is an abstracted character study that conveys the disintegration of one’s mind to dementia. A female soloist interacts with a set of aged furniture that includes slide projections, while physicalizing the confusion, panic, and withdrawal that accompanies mental deterioration.

With lighting design and technical direction by Andrew N. Milhan, costumes designed by Liz Pelster, and musical direction by Eric Ruskin, Blurred Realities, promises to be another unique evening of dance at the Martha B. Knoebel Dance Theater.

Blurred Realities, new works by the CSULB Graduate Dance Group runs October 14 and 15 at 8pm and October 16 at 2pm and 8pm in the Martha B. Knoebel Dance Theater on the California State University, Long Beach campus. (North side of CSULB campus near the Pyramid, on Atherton Street near Palos Verde Avenue).

Tickets are $20.00 for the general public and $16.00 for students, seniors, DRC members and CSULB faculty and staff. Group rates are available upon request. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Arts Ticket Office at (562) 985 – 7000 or online.

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