MFA candidates Omilade Davis, Randi Frost and Emily Spranger in the ASU School of Dance in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts present each of their thesis works Oct. 8–10, 2010.
On Oct. 8–10, 2010, Emerging Artists I features the following works by ASU School of Dance MFA candidates: Ten for Every Thousand by Omilade Davis, From There to Here to There: Whose Journey is it Anyway? by Randi Frost and Sustainable Place by Emily Spranger.
Emily Spranger’s Sustainable Place focuses on using dance as a vehicle to educate the public about taking care of the environment. Spranger believes dance can help bring awareness about sustainability issues. She has visited, explored, and researched recycling centers, landfills, and taken sustainability courses to help inform her creative process. It is Spranger’s hope that audiences experience her work and get inspired to care about making each individual’s environment more resilient.
In Davis’ Ten for Every Thousand, the present touches the past in contemplation of Goree Island, the African departure point for millions of African people during the transatlantic slave trade. Reflecting on memories just beyond their reach, dancers grapple with the impact of a history both horrid and inspiring. This process of self-discovery leads them through an array of emotions, with hope being the most profound gift of the journey.
In From There to Here to There: Whose Journey is it Anyway?, Frost explores what was, what is, and what will be. She and her dancers take the audience on an exploration of life as seen through the lens of a modern-day, Latter-Day Saint, emphasizing the use of performance, movement and physical space. Frost's work travels through three different performance spaces, features music by several different composers, and has an unusual tie to bright colors.
Nelson Fine Arts Center, Studio 122, 51 E. 10th St., ASU Tempe campus
Oct. 8, 6:30 p.m.; Oct. 9, 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 10, 2 p.m.
ASU School of Dance
The School of Theatre and Film in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University provides a comprehensive range of courses in performance and directing; design and production; new work development; theatre and performance studies; film; and theatre for youth. Its Theatre for Youth program is nationally ranked in the top three and the dramatic writing/playwriting program is ranked 15th among public institutions by U.S.News & World Report. To learn more about the School of Theatre and Film, visit theatrefilm.asu.edu.
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