IU Contemporary Dance students flex their choreography skills in NEW MOVES

April 15. 2016

Bloomington, Ind – Each spring, Indiana University Contemporary Dance students present their original creations in a festival of student work. Formally known as Hammer & Nail, the event was held at the Buskirk Chumley Theater in downtown Bloomington. But this year the show moves back to campus, and the choreographers are choosing, and in some cases creating, the musical soundscapes for their works.

“In these original works, a lot of the choreographers are asking questions about support within a group… what does each individual bring to the myriad systems we all inhabit everyday?” says Selene Carter, professor of dance at IU, and curator of New Moves. “It is a central tenet to modern dance, the group versus the individual. Our students are grappling with it in new ways, that are in alignment with their own experience now.”

Featuring 15 five-minute dances by 15 choreographers, New Moves also provides an opportunity for dozens of undergraduate dancers to collaborate with their peers. Students began this rigorous process in the fall of 2015, meeting with faculty mentors, fleshing out their concepts, holding auditions, rehearsing, and improving upon their original vision each step of the way.

“It’s an important opportunity for our Contemporary Dance Majors to create a dance from scratch,” explains Carter. “It’s where the rubber meets the road in terms of, ‘Okay, the modern dance tradition is about innovation. You have the tools and the training, go make a new language and show us what you got.’”

Student choreographers featured in New Moves: Suzie Wopat, Stephanie Gunter, Hannah Briner, Maggie Black, India Maynor, Kelly MacMillan, Sydney Sizemore, Claudia Hanna, Natasha Radford, Ashleigh Bower, Madeline Logan, Bailey Praeger, Lauren Snyder, Liz Burr, Kelly MacMillan.

WHAT: New Moves, original choreography by students majoring in Contemporary Dance and performed by their classmates

WHEN: April 28th and 29th, 2016
Program A: 6:30 pm
Program B: 8:30 pm

WHERE: Ruth N. Halls Theatre, Lee Norvelle Drama Center, 275 N. Jordan Ave.

TICKETS: Regular admission is $25 for adults, $15 for students, $20 for senior citizens. 812.855.1103 or http://www.indiana.edu/~thtr. For group discounts contact Amy Osajima (aosajima@indiana.edu).