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Winter Dance Concert

Thursday, Feb. 2 - Saturday, Feb. 4
Barnett Theatre, Sullivant Hall, 1813 N. High St.

Performance Times:
Thursday, Feb. 2 at 8 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 3 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 4 at 3 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 4 at 8 p.m.

Presented by the Department of Dace, the concert will feature MFA candidate Todd Eckert’s master’s thesis piece, "Dance in the Gutter." Eckert’s dance explores notions of closure and the “gutter,” the space that appears between frames in sequential art forms like comics and graphic novels. 

In addition to Eckert’s work, the concert will feature choreography from 12 other BFA and MFA candidates in the Department of Dance, including:

  • Cody Krause (BFA ‘19), whose solo employs time, energy and space as his character vacillates between specific and uncertain states.
  • Maddie Leonard-Rose (BFA ‘17), whose piece wrestles with the boundaries of her own skin, shrouding and exposing the female body onstage as a sculptural exploration in time. 
  • Erin Yen (BFA ‘18), whose solo builds movement around the sensation of breath being caught in one's chest as the body rushes to anticipate the return of oxygen. 
  • Gina Hoch-Stall (MFA ‘19), whose solo questions how and why we choose to watch dance, and explores the impact of the audience’s and performer’s gaze. 
  • Tommy Batchelor (BFA ‘17) and Mel Mark (BFA ‘17), who use deft movement to playfully explore physics of the body and ask the question, “Does what goes down, also come up?” 
  • Angelica Bell (MFA ‘18) and Biag Gaongen (MFA ‘18), who create a shared shadow of two comrades traveling through the world together and apart.
  • Laura De Angelis (BFA ‘19), whose quintet explores the preservation of individual and collective identity through consciousness and precious attention.
  • Emily Gaffga (BFA ‘18), whose quartet embodies the strength and willingness needed to move forward in times of organization and chaos, and how others affect our ability to do so.
  • Cyrah Ward (BFA ‘18), whose composition adds new depth to portrayals of the black experience in America by embodying pain with rich, vibrant movement and music. 
  • Chris Cogell (MFA ‘18), whose piece engages with the patterns and rhythms of violence and care enacted between people. 

General admission tickets are $15 and may be purchased by calling the Ohio State theatre ticket office at (614) 292-2295. Ohio State faculty, staff, students, and Alumni Association members; senior citizens; non-Ohio State students; children; and military veterans may purchase tickets for $10.

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