Denison Student's Choreography Explores Mathematical Concepts
Posted: December 1, 2006
This concert is a culminating event of Davidson's four-year experience in mathematics and dance and investigates mapping some site-specific exercises to the Doane Dance Performance Space. Eight different sections explore the abundant geometry of Denison's campus as well as other mathematical concepts such as knots, progressions, and the Fibonacci sequence. Movement phrases were developed with these mathematical concepts as its framework.
The eight student performers of "Mapped Motion" (seniors Davidson and Michael Craig, sophomores Diana Dixon and Asad Khan, and first-year students Stephanie Churchill, Jenna Kelly, Christina Marino, and Missy Scherkenbach) lead the audience to eight specific locations in the studio or performance space, each with unique viewing areas. The audience moves to these different locations while the music is playing, while the performers move to silence. Mathematical concepts are left up to the audience to decipher, for example, by finding numerous shapes or figuring out the progressions seen in the choreography rather than necessarily seeing literal/direct relationships to mathematics.
Since Davidson has arrived on campus four years ago, she has been actively involved in the dance department at Denison University. Last spring, she choreographed "But, she's my...," a work exploring sorority life performed by six female students in the student-choreographed concert. She has performed with numerous guest artists including Headlong Dance Theatre, Molly Shanahan, Michael Estanich, and Muireann Ni Chiara. Davidson is a fellow in the dance department for the second year and started teaching a tap and jazz class this semester at TheDance Academy. She received a Senior Research grant from the Provost Office of Denison University for this project.
CALENDAR LISTING: Denison University, Granville -- "Mapped Motion," a senior research project in choreography by Erin Davidson; 8:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m., Thursday (Dec. 7); and 7:30 p.m. & 8:30 p.m., Friday (Dec. 8), Doane Dance Performance Space (231 West College Street). Free and open to the public. Reservations recommended but not required; limited places available for audience. To confirm information call (740) 587-5718.
Denison University, founded in 1831, is an independent, residential liberal arts institution located in Granville, Ohio. A highly selective college enrolling 2,100 full-time undergraduate students from all 50 states and dozens of foreign countries, Denison is a place where innovative faculty and motivated students collaborate in rigorous scholarship, civic engagement and the cultivation of independent thinking.
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