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Two MFA dance students receive coveted IRWG Awards


Two MFA dance students--Michael Parmelee and Anthony Alterio--were among 23 U-M graduate students, selected from a highly competitive pool, to receive IRWG/Rackham Graduate Student Research Awards and IRWG/Rackham Community of Scholars summer fellowships.

IRWG--the Institute for Research on Women and Gender--presents the awards to support wide-ranging projects related to women, gender, and sexuality. Representatives of 17 different disciplines were named recipients of the 2016 awards.

Parmelee’s project, titled “Pleasure and Emergence: An Embodied Investigation of Identity Construction,” explores the ways that identity is created through bodily experience and the body’s enactment of desire and pleasure. Using embodied practices and methodologies, Parmelee constructs choreographies to explore the notion that identity is continuously emerging from past experience, present context, and desires of the future. Investigating the germination, variability, and purpose of identity, Parmelee gives special consideration to the emergence of gender and sexual identities and the relationship between gender and sexual identities to desires for pleasure. This research will culminate in the production of a 45-minute dance work.

Alterio's project is a dance, performed with fellow dance MFA Charles Gushue, that works to imagine new possibilities for identity and sexuality through the transformative act of live performance. Titled New Beginnings to the Endings We Always Want, Alterio's work will be preformed at the Duderstadt Video Studio on April 1 and 2. The piece aims to disconnect, reconstruct, and embody the ways we think about gender and sexuality in Western culture. The work of these two artists is pulled together through an exploration of the intermission in Inter-MENssion, a male-male duet between Alterio and Gushue that asks what is possible in-between. 

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