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“Hourglass Showers,” a senior dance performance

The Department of Dance

November 16, 2023 | 8:00 pm

Dance Performance Studio Theatre
Dance Building
1000 Baits Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Free - Tickets Required

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The University of Michigan Department of Dance presents Hourglass Showers, containing the works of senior BFA dance majors Anabelle Chalmers, Katherine Kiessling, Lauren Roebuck, and Mia Rubenstein.

Anabelle Chalmers’ choreography touches on themes of disaster, exploring the collapse of humanity and its effects on social and interpersonal relationships within the group. In Chalmers’ solo, music and imagery are the driving forces of the piece, alongside the use of storytelling and vulnerability experienced throughout her movement.

Katherine Kiessling’s group work considers the various possibilities of who we become as individuals, focusing on how we seek escapes within the mundane. Meanwhile, Kiessling’s solo focuses primarily on the catch and release of moving between the floor and standing, exploring all possibilities of entrances and exits.

Lauren Roebuck’s, She Cooks as Good as She Looks, is loosely based on the film The Stepford Wives. It is a character-driven dance that critiques the traditional roles of a relationship between a man and a woman in the 21st century. Roebuck’s solo, Goldenheart, is an ode to her childhood, evoking feelings of nostalgia, innocence, and happiness.

Mia Rubenstein’s, I Love You Like the Sun, centers around the complexity of human nature, revealing how humans can be both beautiful and ugly all at once. Rubenstein’s solo, Vigilance, deals with themes of self-doubt and the unknown that evidently leave ideas of certainty within the chaos.

Performances of this concert will be Thursday, November 16, through Saturday, November 18, 2023. Each show will begin at 8:00 p.m. (Livestreaming on November 17.) Tickets are free and are available at the door an hour prior to the performance.

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