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School of Dance MFA Candidate Presents: “Rules of Engagement 2.0”

Published January 14, 2020

January 31, 2020 7:30 p.m. and

February 1, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

Grand Studio in Montgomery Hall | Room 215 | FSU Campus

School of Dance MFA Candidate, Aigars Larionovs, will present Rules of Engagement 2.0, in partial fulfillment of the Master of Fine Arts Degree in Dance, on January 31 at 7:30pm and February 1 at 5pm in the Grand Studio in Montgomery Hall (Room 215), located on FSU’s campus.

Rules of Engagement 2.0 is the culmination of Aigars Larionovs’ research at the FSU School of Dance. The work investigates presence in practice and performance through ideas present incapoeira (an Afro-Brazilian movement culture) and mixed martial arts. Through various improvisation structures and choreographic prompts, the dancers are moved to the edges of their physical ability. Created through constant dialogue with the cast, this piece puts the dancers’ in-the-moment problem-solving skills to the test with layered improvisation prompts in relation to each other and their environment.

Throughout its creation process the project has brought in a variety of collaborators. Original musical accompaniment was written and recorded by Aaron Houston, a PhD candidate at the FSU College of Music. Before entering the performance space, the audience will be able to view a movement-inspired visual arts display by Austin Yorke, an adjunct professor at the FSU College of Fine Arts. Cailey Campbell, Hope LeClair, Scott Lindenberg, Mackenzie Payne (Z), Aliya Siegel, Maria White, as well as Ian Slayton from Allied Capoeira League-Tallahassee ( round out the cast.

The performance is FREE of charge. The event has limited seating. Doors open 30 minutes before the start time.

For more information contact La Toya Davis-Craig at 850.645.2449 or via email at, or online at The School of Dance is part of the College of Fine Arts at The Florida State University.