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UW-Madison Dance Department presents ‘Proximity’ April 25-26

April 24, 2014

This year's annual H'Doubler Student Concert “Proximity” will be performed at the Margaret H’Doubler Performance Space in Lathrop Hall on April 25 at 8 p.m. and April 26 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

ProximityThe concert will feature contemporary dance works by nine emerging student choreographers from UW-Madison’s Dance Department, including Alexis Aguilar, Kat Cameron, Grace Deane, Henry Holmes, Flora Kim, Hiroki Koba, Courtney Kuhn, Tiffany Merritt-Brown, and Shauna Shrewsbury. The mix of solo and group works are thoughtful and exploratory, some address human interactions and relationships, others are deeply introspective, either in search of meaning or reflections upon experience. 

Among the solo works to be presented include senior Flora Kim's "Reflection" and Henry Holmes' "Honey" both retrospective pieces, Shauna Shrewsbury's "Not in," a solo inspired by finding truths in unexpected places and at unexpected times, Grace Deane's "Expedite," set on senior Meredith Weissert, which will also be featured in "PERSONA: Madison," an outdoor dance concert that invites the public to experience and celebrate the Madison community through movement on May 18th at the Lisa Link Peace Park, and Tiffany Merritt-Brown's "Absence."

"It is an honor and privilege to be in the student concert this year," Merritt-Brown said, "I am grateful to work alongside my fellow students who are so passionate and driven. Our hunger for dance has pushed us to a new level of creativity, artistry, and embodiment which is evident in the work being presented."

Merritt-Brown will also show a duet titled “Kindred Spirits” in which she will dance with fellow student artist Lyndsay Lewis. Audiences will see a screen dance from Kat Cameron titled "Consociate," two dances, a solo and quartet, that explore human-to-screen and human-to-human interaction, playing with third and first person points of view. Alexis Aguilar presents her trio "I," a trance-like psychological work, and the concert will feature quintets by Hiroki Koba and Courtney Kuhn. Koba's "Foliage," is about the beautiful scenes and people of Madison. Kuhn's "the vocabulary is inconsequential" plays with stillness and unison, paying close attention to space.

This annual concert's namesake is dance pioneer Margaret H'Doubler, who established the first dance degree program at UW-Madison. “I am a part of the D'Houbler legacy," said Shauna Shrewsbury, "and that is an honor I am so happy to have. Being a student studying under her guidelines, I have the opportunity to explore, create and grow with other students who have the same passions that I do."

Purchase tickets at the Vilas Box Office on East Campus Mall, 821 University Avenue or online at Ticket are $15 for general admission and $10 for students and seniors.  There will be a post-performance reception on Friday, April 25 with the student choreographers and performers in the Virginia Harrison Parlor, Lathrop Hall immediately following the shows. Refreshments will be served.

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