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ASU Herberger College Dance presents Emerging Artists II

October 29, 2008

ASU Herberger College Dance MFA candidates Samantha Basting and Kristin Tovson present their applied thesis choreography projects that consider how choreographers, dancers and audience members construct meaning in contemporary dance.

Emerging Artists II investigates conceptual modes of creating and understanding contemporary dance – juxtaposing movement with a variety of multi-media applications including visual art, video and text. Basting and Tovson aim to enhance viewers’ perceptions of contemporary dance and create public value and participation in the arts.

Tovson's work is based on research into notions of deconstructing performance and embodied narrative. It is influenced by the work of Berlin-based contemporary dance artist Thomas Lehmen and was created in collaboration with dancers encompassing parts of their own stories mixed with parts of a narrative of a child's experiences with World War II. The piece, How to Keep Well in Wartime, looks at the tension between addressing narrative and exposing the process of performance.

Basting's work considers how audiences interpret and understand contemporary dance while watching it. Using familiar media-based techniques, she fuses a journalistic approach with contemporary art and dance. 

Dance Studio Theatre 
Physical Education Building East (PEBE) 132
611 E. Orange St., ASU Tempe campus

Nov. 14, 6 p.m. pre-show reception, 6:30 p.m. curtain; Nov. 15, 7:30 p.m., and post-show dialogue with choreographers; Nov. 16, 2 p.m.

$7-$20 and available through the ASU Herberger College box office, 480.965.6447 or at

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ASU Herberger College Dance

The School of Theatre and Film in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University provides a comprehensive range of courses in performance and directing; design and production; new work development; theatre and performance studies; film; and theatre for youth. Its Theatre for Youth program is nationally ranked in the top three and the dramatic writing/playwriting program is ranked 15th among public institutions by U.S.News & World Report. To learn more about the School of Theatre and Film, visit

Media Contact:
Kristin Tovson
ASU Herberger College Dance
MFA candidate