The MFA dance performances features a collection of original work in performance and/or choreography by current Hollins University MFA dance candidates. As part of the thesis capstone research project, performance and dance work featured in this concert highlight a diverse approach to contemporary dance practices, research and making.
"The Lyric I was created out of and in response to Jessica Anthony's experience of taking eight undergraduate dancers to facilitate a nine-week dance workshop to girls at the Iowa Juvenile Home and collaborating with them to create and perform a dance there. Seven of the ten dancers performing in The Lyric I she co-facilitated the dance workshop at IJH and contributed their written and danced reflections to the process of creating this dance." - Quote from the Obermann Graduate Institute website
In casting her work, Jennifer looked for dancers who were willing to “wear their individuality on their sleeve.” She wanted those willing to “take the same type of risk that I was willing to take as a choreographer.” Stepping outside of her comfort zone, Jennifer decided to not predetermine the outcome of her piece at the outset. She wanted to “let go of being in control of every step of the process, and…trust the process to shape the final product.” She also challenged herself to make choreography that was movement rather than meaning based. - Quote from MFA experience article