On January 30 & 31, 2015 at 8pm, MFA Candidates Afua Hall and Ronderrick Mitchell will present their MFA thesis concert in a shared evening of dance titled An Enactment: Assumptions, Rebuttals & Reconciliations. Both choreographers are reflecting on their responsibilities as citizens and artists while reconciling their sociopolitical outlook with their choreographic aesthetic.
Mitchell’s Sweet Tea is a powerful and celebratory dance theater work that confronts the homophobia that many LGBT persons are faced with in Tallahassee and elsewhere. Inspired by the research of E. Patrick Johnson and personal narratives garnered from the cast, Sweet Tea fuses contemporary dance, spoken word, and an eclectic sound score to create an opportunity for personal and communal transcendence of fear and anger. The work also features a new solo by Bessie Award winning choreographer and Tallahassee native Darrell Jones.
Hall is sharing three separate dances titled The Write Off, The Grand Stand, and a special performance of Urban Bush Women’s Batty Moves. All three works are distinct in their movement vocabulary and theme while being rooted in a sense of provocative play and thoughtful introspection. Hall’s process involves the layering of personal experiences with general observations to create humorous and dramatic nonlinear narratives that playfully interrogate the role and expectations of the traditional, outdated dancer stereotype and her relationships to self, fellow dancers and audience.
The shared evening of choreography and performance features a diverse cast and promises to be a visually stimulating and thought-provoking experience. Dancers featured in the works hail from the FSU School of Dance, the FSU School of Theatre, the general FSU student body, and the Tallahassee Community College.
Tickets for An Enactment: Assumptions, Rebuttals & Reconciliations are $8 for the general public and $5 for FSU students with ID. All seating is general admission. For ticket information, contact the Fine Arts Ticket Office at 850-644-6500 or online.
The Nancy Smith Fichter Dance Theatre is located in Montgomery Hall. Montgomery Hall is on the west side of Landis Green. Directions to Montgomery Hall.