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RE:CONFIGURE Senior Projects Showcase
Thursday, May 16, 2019, 08:00pm - 10:00pm
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About the performance:
Thursday May 16th @8pm
Friday May 17th @3pm
UCLA’s Glorya Kaufman Dance Theater
FREE admission


Please join us for an evening of dance at UCLA’s Glorya Kaufman Dance Theater. Each year a selection of senior undergraduate students at World Arts and Culture/Dance choose to develop a choreographic work in conversation with fellow seniors and with mentorship from WAC/D professors. This year, students Ale’ Andres, Cherie Gendron, Courtney Goffney, Delilah Gamson Levy and Ria Julian worked intensively with Professors David Roussève and Lionel Popkin to bring to life a dynamic collection of works that use the body as a vehicle for exploring complicated questions around identity, relationship to self and society, and intimacy.

About the works:
Cherie Gendron’s “For Strangers Like Us” focuses on the concept of women’s oppression with chewing/popping gum as a metaphor for processing experiences and injustices within US law. By making space for our own narratives and ‘chewing’ on them together, I’m hoping to highlight that we aren’t alone in being deeply troubled by what’s happening in our court systems and in our daily lives as women. Through collective agency, I want to show strength in healing together while supporting and BELIEVING (in) each other to work towards our pursuit of progress.
Dancers: Shaunte Armmer, Jade Chen, Asia Dessert, and Aubrey Mamaid


Ale’ Andres’s solo work “what’s mine is yours, question mark” explores what it means for one to re-identify themselves with their own culture. How does one find space to exist within a culture that has been stripped, altered and marketed to further benefit a higher system that is driven by capitalism?


Delilah Gamson Levy’s “All at once, this home” examines intimacy and argues for its necessity and ambiguity. It deals with the differences between showing and experiencing, and how to understand someone’s experience as you’re viewing it. This work investigates a variety of states, sensations, and interactions, asking how a body is a home learning how to share and receive.
Dancers: Charles Han, Devin Mallory, Bella Kimmel, Amanda Sun, Sadie Wilking


Courtney Goffney’s “Transitions” portray the transition a dancer may take in facing their fears when it comes to believing in themselves and what they’ve created. This transition includes a period of isolation/depression, followed by one of internal struggle created by self-doubt, and then one demonstrating an introspective process.
Dancers: Courtney Goffney, Mizuki Sako, Tabby Bond, Sabina Schaffer, and Ally Wade


The ocean wave contains a rhythm of its own. It pushes and pulls, rises and falls, attacks and retreats, takes things away and gives them back… the list can go on. This piece, “Playing With Water” by Ria Julian, explores the many ways that same ocean rhythm can be expressed through the movement of the human body.
Location Kaufman 200
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