ASU Herberger Institute School of Dance presents Transition Project

Experience Transition Project, Feb. 19–21, in the Dance Theatre on the ASU Tempe campus.

Photo by Tim Trumble.

Undergraduate seniors from the ASU Herberger Institute School of Dance perform under the artistic direction of Claudia Murphey, dance professor.

Transition Project encompasses a combination of complex performance and innovative choreography studies, Feb. 19–21 on the ASU Tempe campus. The concert features choreography from Mary Fitzgerald, School of Dance professor; Jessica Mumford, School of Dance alumna; Angela Rosenkrans, Scottsdale Community College dance program director; Carley Conder, founder and artistic director of CONDER/dance; Aaron McGloin, School of Dance alumnus and director of Aaron McGloin Dance; and Lucio Abruzzi and Alyssa Ramey, current School of Dance seniors.

Alyssa Ramey's work, Reflective Energies, is an integration of visual and performance art. Her stage is a 9-foot-by-12-foot canvas, which becomes more intricately illustrative as she scatters paint throughout the piece. Live music from Bill Swayze, Lorne Mills, and Robin Vining, School of Dance accompanists, complements Ramey’s performance.

Mary Fitzgerald's work, In the Snowfields, transforms the stage into a winter wonderland as soloist Lucio Abruzzi demonstrates the depths of desire. Abruzzi also presents his choreography project, Four Green Events, which through movement, investigates the dynamic spectrum that the color green symbolizes in our society.

Finding a Final Resting Place, Jessica Mumford's most recent work, is a metaphorically driven, technologically inspired solo set on Misty West, School of Dance senior. In the piece, West’s quirky, intellectual performance explores the psychology behind bee swarming.

Senior Jessica Jones tests her newfound womanhood in Unearthed, a solo choreographed by Angela Rosenkrans, which was inspired by the smoky, sensual tones of Julie London’s torch song Cry Me a River. Celine Syslo, School of Dance senior, also investigates the extremes of her womanhood in her tango-inspired solo, Siren, choreographed by Carley Conder. 

Conder then delves into the nature and mechanics of memory in, 7 +/- 2, a perplexing solo performed by Nicole Grabianowski, School of Dance student. Aaron McGloin similarly investigates the nature of a mind's imagination through the lens of a child inFar From Home, a solo he set on Jenna Ramey, School of Dance senior.

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

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Feb. 19, 5 p.m.; Feb. 20, 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 21, 2 p.m. A pre-show begins 15 minutes prior to each performance.

Tickets are $7–$20. Contact the Herberger Institute Box office at 480.965.6447, or visit:

Public Contact
Sunny Kuo
ASU Herberger Institute 
School of 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

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Sunny Kuo
ASU Herberger Institute 
School of Dance