Designed to Survive

Caroline Sheehan and Savannah Sigmon

Photo by Stefan Ludwig from performance of "Designed to Survive" choreographed by Caroline Sheehan.

Photo by Stefan Ludwig from performance of "Designed to Survive," choreographed by Caroline Sheehan.

Undergraduate Student Project


As people, we are not designed to survive on our own. This piece explores the need for human contact and relationship as displayed by intricate partnering and a deep level of trust required by each dancer. The dancers use each other for support throughout the piece, creating a meaningful connection and relationship to one another. "Designed to Survive" was created with an intent to inspire and uplift, and we believe can be a great expression of togetherness at a time like this.


The piece is "Designed to Survive," choreographed by Caroline Sheehan and performed by Savannah Sigmon, Kelsey Sullivan, Juliana Guiffrida, Melanie Kaisen, and Alice Mersereau. This piece was created in the Fall of 2019 and was selected to represent UB at the American College Dance Association in March. Due to Covid-19 this conference was unfortunately cancelled, but we are happy to still be able to share this work. This is a video from "Emerging Choreographer's Showcase" where the piece was originally performed.

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