• A copy of the Water Lines program can be downloaded: here.

UCR Department of Dance

Talia Mason  

4QS: 4th Quarter MFA Dance Showings
Second-year MFA student in Experimental Choreography 
MFA Committee Chair: Joel Mejia Smith 

Water Lines 

Choreographed by Talia Mason in collaboration with her parents, Liz Rees and Keith Mason, her ancestral maternal and paternal lineages from Minnesota and Wisconsin, the voices of her Jewish community Kol Tzedek in Philadelphia, PA, and the support of instigators/collaborators Erica Rice, Sam Day Harmet, L Wilson-Spiro, and Eliza Wapner. 

Sound Designer: Sam Day Harmet  
Costume Design: Eliza Wapner, @lilbitscloth 
Props Designer & Dramaturge: Erica Rice  
Projection Design Consultant: L Wilson-Spiro  

Water Lines is a multimedia dive into exploring ancestral connections to bodies of water and how water informs our physical and cellular development. By investigating the properties and the malleability of water in all forms, this autoethnographic work explores an ancestral pull towards water. As someone who grew up in an interfaith family, Water Lines looks equally at the collisions of Jewish spiritual and religious practices and the ghost of Lutheranism and Protestantism in her daily life. The piece builds on themes of malleability when considering chaos and creation, ice and water, fire and ash, and sand play central roles in these experiments. As audience members and as a performer, we will be swimming in some deep waters and some shallow waters, spiritually and physically.  

October 19-22, 2020
Participants only need to register once for all four days.  The meeting link is the same.
• Register in advance for these meetings: here

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting

October 19, Monday @ 6:00 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time (US and Canada) 
October 20, Tuesday @ 6:00 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time (US and Canada) 
October 21, Wednesday @ 6:00 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time (US and Canada) 

(Prior to The Overlap culminating event)
October 22, Thursday @ 6:15 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time (US and Canada)  

Please join us for The Overlap  
Works in Progress by Megan Kendzior, Giovanna Sosa Santos, and Talia Mason  
A shared evening of process-based research followed by a conversation between and across their three individual works, moderated by Luis Lara Malvacías

October 22, 2020 
Thursday @ 6:45 P.M.  Pacific Daylight Time (US and Canada)  

You are invited to a Zoom meeting. Register in advance here
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting and a program with links to view the work.

Talia Mason is the recipient of a Dean’s Distinguished Fellowship, Gluck Fellowships, and an MFA Graduate Fellowship. Talia studied at Liz Lerman Dance Exchange and her choreography has been in the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Movement Research’s Open Performance, and Fringearts’ Scratch Night. Field Notes on Remembering, a collaboration with Christina Catanese, premiered at Bartram’s Garden with the oldest ginkgo tree in North America. Talia taught Movement full time to preschool-Kindergarteners at Greene Towne Montessori in Philadelphia. She has led community-oriented engagements for Dance Exchange and her current research looks at process and performance as sites of memory in understanding her Jewish American ancestry. Talia is a multidisciplinary artist interested in deconstructing and reconstructing spiritual experiences in performance. For more information visit: www.taliamason.com/news or @t.mason.dance 

Information:  dance@ucr.edu   

This work is 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.

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