Transparent/See

Allison Bollinger and Kennedy Jordan

Rehearsal with Entity Contemporary Dance.

Rehearsal with Entity Contemporary Dance

Undergraduate Student Project

Introduction

Have you ever had the opportunity to work closely with distinguished professionals in your field? As Dance Majors, we idolize their professional credentials because like any other artist, and are inspired by talent and work ethic.

We are Allison Bollinger and Kennedy Jordan, both senior Dance Majors at University at Buffalo. We have the wonderful opportunity to be a part of the Zodiaque Dance Company, directed by clinical associate professor Kerry Ring. This company, a 4 credit course, is composed of the most elite dancers in the Theatre and Dance Department. We have one showcase each semester where we perform pieces choreographed by professors and guest artists. This year we had the opportunity to learn and perform choreography by Entity Contemporary Dance, a world renowned LA Based professional company. We were very excited to bring this piece to ACDA, a nation wide dance conference, and represent UB Dance in a professional manner.

Although this opportunity fell through, we still feel fortunate to have made connections with these professionals, one of the most important aspects in our field.

Abstract

Through an extensive learning process, choreography was set on Zodiaque Dancers (DAC 337), including ourselves, from a world renowned LA Based professional company, Entity Contemporary Dance. Their evening long work, Transparent/See, originally premiered at the three-day MOVES Dance Festival held at the Montalban Theatre in Hollywood. This two hour work was condensed into a twelve minute piece to set on the Zodiaque Dance Company.

Because this was the first time Entity set their work on others, trust between the dancers and choreographers was essential in creating a healthy and impactful working environment. The connections made during this week-long residency are a direct link to the professional dance world. In the field of dance, networking is key to creating a successful long lasting career.

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