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4QS 2023: Artist Talkback

Please join us for a conversation with Mariia Bakalo and Kevin Wong, MFA students in Experimental Choreography from the Department of Dance. They will discuss their research and work-in-progress performance in an informal talkback led by Jorge Poveda Yanez, PhD student in Critical Dance Studies from the Department of Dance.


FORMAT: Hybrid


ONLINE: On Zoom; register in advance.

Those joining in person are invited to bring a food item to share for a communal potluck. 


Part of:
4QS: 4th Quarter MFA Dance Showings
By second-year MFA students in Experimental Choreography 

A festival of two artists presenting work on war and intimacy. Each work offers different aesthetics and research approaches such as documentaries, artifacts/materials, ethnography, identity, artistic vision, decision making, and play. 



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Mariia Bakalo is a choreographer from Crimea, Ukraine, who is invested in the question of the role of art in the time of war. In her before-the-war reality, Mariia's artistic research integrated two of her biggest passions which are literature and dance. After the Crimea occupation, Mariia moved to Lviv, where she took a position at the local University as a dance teacher. In 2017 she switched to an independent artistic practice, engaging with the social and cultural environment of Lviv, infusing the way for the somatics dance community to shape and grow. Mariia collaborated with various cultural institutions from Ukraine, Germany, Austria, Lithuania, UK. Currently an MFA candidate at UC Riverside (US), recipient of the Gluck Fellowship, I-Portunos, Danceweb Scholarship Program, Tanja Leidke Foundation stipend. 

Kevin Wong is a queer Asian-American artist from San Francisco, California with a background in experimental, contemporary, hip hop, modern, pedestrian, and Chinese dance. His work researches ideas of intimacy, desires, and memories through improvisation scores, choreographic approaches, and heartfelt conversations. His goal is to develop an analytical and in-body practice that cultivates a safe space for generating a deeper understanding of the self. He is a second year MFA student in Experimental Choreography and a recipient of the Gluck Fellowship.

These works are presented by the University of California, Riverside, Department of Dance and created in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Master of Fine Arts degree in Experimental Choreography.



Photo credit: Pavlo Yaremak

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