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UCDC Takes Stage with “Joy Resides Here”

Performances are Thursday, December 1, at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, December 2, at 7:30 p.m.; and Saturday, December 3, at 7:30 p.m.

Featuring original works by Ursinus College dance program faculty, guests, dance on film, and student choreographers, the Ursinus College Dance Company (UCDC) will present Joy Resides Here December 1-3 in the Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center Lenfest Theater.

Performances are Thursday, December 1, at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, December 2, at 7:30 p.m.; and Saturday, December 3, at 7:30 p.m.

The concert will include original works by faculty choreographer Karen Clemente; guest artists Lily Kind and Sophiann Moore; student choreographers Mia Staurowsky, Izabella Entrekin, and Olivia Lesinski; dance on film by faculty Jeannine Osayande; and student Kalina Witkowska.

The show, produced by Osayande, explores some of the ways we manifest and experience joy as individuals and community members.

In discussing her dance, Rhythmic Conversion, Clemente says, “The dance is about bringing disparate groups of people together to find common ground, working together for the good of all. I’ve been inspired by swing dance icon Frankie Manning, who said, ‘Politicians from all over the world should dig this wonderful scene to see how well everybody gets along on the dance floor.’”

Make me make us (Seasons Saoko), choreographed by Lily Kind, explores the idea of change and transformation, or the lack thereof. Kind states that the piece is informed by Black vernacular jazz dance related to her music choice, Saoko, by Rosalia, that is, “a maximalist celebration of flow, of fluidity, of make-believe and the important of shape-shifting, if not detachment.”

Sophiann Moore’s piece, Back to Joy, speaks on the importance and strong value of community—within our journeys, we also build communities that are there to support and help us find our joy again.

The Rent Party: Making a Homeplace (2017), by faculty choreographer Osayande, is a dance on film inspired by ethnographic research about her historically Black neighborhood in Swarthmore, and student family migration stories that explore how communities made a homeplace.

String Theory (2019), a dance on film by student choreographer Kalina Witkowska, presents an Ursinus site-specific film inspired by William Cottone’s writings.

Student choreographer Mia Staurowsky’s piece, Mod About You, is inspired by movies from/about the 1960s, drawing from Bob Fosse, Jerome Robbins, and Quincy Jones. Mia invites the audience to experience the joy, passion, and curiosity she felt while watching exciting dance scenes in movies as a child.

This year, UCDC welcomes choreography from first year students Izabella Entrekin and Olivia Lesinski, who met during their Ursinus admissions dance audition. Dual Connection explores the ideas of contrast in movement with a powerful effect. Within each movement, the duet lets their differing dance backgrounds and dynamics shine, while still displaying uniformity and synchronization.

Audience members are invited to join the choreographers and dancers for a talk back after the Thursday night performance. They will share some background of their creative processes and answer any questions audience members may have about the performance.

For tickets, visit https://ursinus.edu/tickets.

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