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Shared MFA Thesis Concert - Thursday, March 8th and Friday, March 9th, 2012

UMD School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies presents:

Shared MFA Thesis Concert 1: In|And|Of|Through Valerie Durham, choreographer

Profondeur Inconnue Florian Rouiller, choreographer

Thursday, March 8, 2012 - 8:00 pm Friday, March 9, 2012 - 8:00 pm Dance Theatre

The UMD School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies is proud to present a shared Masters of Fine Arts Thesis concert featuring works by choreographers Valerie Durham and Florian Rouiller.

Valerie Durham's In|And|Of|Through turns to the choreography of Isadora Duncan and artworks in the collection of the Freer-Sackler Gallery to consider the individual's relationship to art. Movement onstage includes Isadora Duncan repertory, abstracted and restaged, as well as Durham's original choreography.

In Profondeur Inconnue, Florian Rouiller imagines a world that has undergone major environmental change as a result of rising sea levels and global warming, and explores how the human body might respond to currents and other forces in an underwater environment. The piece includes musical collaboration with David Yates.

Learn more about the art, dance, and nature that inspired these works in the University of Maryland Libraries:

Valerie Durham - In|And|Of|Through

  Isadora Duncan Books - One of the founding figures of modern dance, Isadora Duncan’s career and legacy are the subject of numerous biographies and pictorials. Through photographs, historical information, and reflection, Walter Terry addresses Duncan’s life from her childhood in the United States to her journeys throughout Europe and Russia, as well as the various aspects of the style she created and the legacy left behind by this towering figure in the world of modern dance. Explore this biography and other resources related to Ms. Duncan through this list of materials held in the collections of the UMD Libraries

  Isadora Duncan Film

  Freer-Sackler Books - The Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution feature world-class collections of Asian art, collections that inspired choreographer Valerie Durham to explore the individual’s relationship to art in In/And/Of/Through. In an illustrated volume entitled Beyond the Legacy: Anniversary Acquisitions for the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Thomas Lawton, former director of both galleries, and deputy director Thomas W. Lentz, explore and showcases the works held in the Freer and Sackler Galleries, tracing the evolution of the world’s perception of Asian art.

Florian Rouiller - Profondeur Inconnue

  Film - In a three-part documentary on global warming entitled The Great Warming, The Discovery Channel explores the science and impact of climate change through the stories of real people and the communities working to combat the negative effects of the changes occurring on planet Earth. Narrated by actors Alanis Morissette and Keanu Reeves, this Discovery Channel special addresses many of the same themes explored by choreographer Florian Rouiller in Profondeur Inconnue.