UCR Department of Dance

4QS: 4th Quarter MFA Dance Showings 


Works in Progress by Megan Kendzior, Giovanna Sosa Santos, and Talia Mason
A shared evening of research in progress as part of 4QS - 4th Quarter MFA Dance Showings by second-year MFA students in Experimental Choreography, followed by a conversation between and across their three individual works, moderated by Luis Lara Malvacías
Committee Chairs: Joel Mejia Smith and Luis Lara Malvacías  

October 22, 2020 
Thursday, 6:45 PM 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.

Megan Kendzior solo explorations 
During the month of October, Megan will share a series of hour-long solo explorations in downtown Riverside, at UCR, and in her backyard in Upland, California. She will experiment with cyclical improvisations using her body, voice, and accordion. The process will be facilitated in coordination with artistic collaborating partner Jason Goodfriend, and will be available for viewing on Vimeo. 
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Cuerpa del Futuro  
Directed and edited by Giovanna Sosa Santos
In collaboration with Antonio Hernández Del Toro  and Camila M. Pérez (Lights and Camera), Santos F. Benítez Ortíz (Musical explorations), and Allison Rodríguez Díaz and Giovanna Sosa Santos (Sound recordings)

How can Afro-descendent practices and values be amplified to reimagine the constitution and future presence of the body? Through the use of technology, sound, and light vibrational waves, Bomba Puertorriqueña comes forward in this work to explore possibilities for muted bodies to dream in darkness and reach multidimensionality. 
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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. 

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.  
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Download The Overlap poster here
Download The Overlap program here

Information:  dance@ucr.edu   

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.

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