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ASU Herberger Institute School of Dance presents Emerging Artists I

Emerging Artists I features works by MFA Dance candidates Nov. 20-22, 2009.

Photo by Tim Trumble

November 05, 2009

ASU Herberger Institute School of Dance MFA candidates Sammy Stephens, Jr. and LaShonda L. Williams present each of their thesis works Nov. 20–22, 2009.

Emerging Artists I features the works of Sammy Stephens, Jr., HOlisticMykOnin, andmultoMONOvistic, by LaShonda L. Williams.

In Williams’ piece, various artists come together to collaborate through movement and music, evolving from two basic concepts, love and water. Williams also is the artistic director of the Hoj Poj Movement Company, and facilitates the company’s debut project, multoMONOvistic, featuring ideas and information obtained through Williams’ recent international travels.

Stephens, who also is the art director of his conceptual piece HOlisticMykOnin, follows Dionysus’ quest to find himself and his place in society. Agonized by strong barriers against the unification of both his natural beings, HOlisticMykOnin is the story of a young African-American male tested by the strains placed on him by his community. This piece revolves around Dionysus’ story through movement and performance art, and challenges pre-existing discrimination beliefs about homosexuality within the African-American community.

Nelson Fine Arts Center, Studio 122, 51 E. 10th St., ASU Tempe campus

Nov. 20–22; Nov. 20, 6:30 p.m.; Nov. 21, 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 22, 2 p.m.


Public Contact
LaShonda Williams
ASU Herberger Institute 
School of Dance 
MFA candidate 

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

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Sunny Kuo
ASU Herberger Institute 
School of Dance