My research is choreography that is intended to help audiences understand that grief and emotions surrounding human loss can be conveyed through movement alone. As a population, it is difficult to express our emotions and grief regarding the loss of our loved ones. Specifically, the loss of physical connection to those we love the most is the hardest feeling to bear. Following an extremely tragic event, it has been my focus to explore these numerous emotions through my movement and choreography, instead of using words. My BFA senior piece, "Forever present.", should assist my audience in understanding that their loved ones are always with them, even if the physical aspect is no longer. With my rehearsals being held every Monday and Wednesday night from 7-8:30 p.m. since October, I continuously worked with my dancers to create the technical and emotional aspects that have ultimately created my final product. In order to create my piece objectively, I chose to choreograph in silence. Additionally in rehearsals, to begin new phrases of movement I danced with my own tragedy in mind. To improve the emotional side of the work, my dancers and I shared our own experiences of loss with one another. A playlist was also created that included pieces of music directly encompassing the theme. By instructing my dancers to solely view my improvisatory movement, mentally process what they saw, and immediately dance my phrasing in their own bodies, I have created a piece that is completely raw and original.
Prof. Barbara Allegra Verlezza
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