With topics ranging from body image to cultural isolation “Between the Spaces and Folds” truly was “an Exploration of the Uncomfortable.”
The show, which ran in The Box Friday and Saturday, was more serious and intense for dancers and audience members than many other dance department productions.
“I really liked how it drew you in,” senior Kelsey Martinez said. “It’s more intense than [Terpsichore Dance Collective].”
The dancers noticed how the space created a connection between themselves and the show’s viewers.
“There’s a really close bond between the stage and the audience,” senior dancer Hayley Schueneman said. “It’s a really intimate performance.”
The performance space contributed to this intimacy. The show took place in an empty room, lit by four floor lamps, where the audience sat in rows of chairs directly on the edge of the stage.
“The location is awesome, having it in The Box” junior Laura Thompson said.
“I love that I was part of the performance that has created that venue for dance,” senior dancer Rachel Lyman said.
Another difference is the cohesiveness of the performance. Without pauses between the four sections of the dance, the performance flowed from one piece to the next.
“Don’t ask me what my favorite part was because I would say the whole show,” Lyman said. “It’s one giant dance work versus four individual pieces.”
The show was an independent study project for seniors Emily Berkson, Erin McKinstry and Emma Poland as part of their dance minors.
According to Poland, there is no real capstone experience in the Dance Department. The performance will hopefully lead the way for other students to take on larger projects in the department.
“It’s nice to know we’re starting the pattern,” Poland said.
Poland said it was “kind of surreal,” that the show was finally being performed. The trio has been working on the show all year.
“It’s been wonderful to see it evolve and turn into what was on stage this weekend,” Lyman said of the piece she and McKinstry had been developing since the fall.