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ASU School of Dance presents Emerging Artists II Nov. 5–7

Emerging Artists II is presented by the ASU School of Dance and is held Nov. 5–7.

Photo by Jeff Ignaszewski.

October 12, 2010

MFA candidates in dance Rebecca A. Ferrell, Rebecca Blair Hillerby and Crystal Bedford in the ASU School of Dance in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts present each of their thesis works Nov. 5–7, 2010.

Emerging Artists II, held Nov. 5–7, features MFA candidates in dance, Rebecca A. Ferrell’sImpressive Mastermind, Rebecca Blair Hillerby’s B.O.D.I.E.S, and Crystal Bedford’s You made up the Story and I played with all the Parts on a variety of platforms. These performances are intended for mature audiences only and contain nudity.

The night begins inside the School of Dance lobby with Ferrell’s Impressive Mastermind. This piece examines privacy laws surrounding the USA PATRIOT Act, most notably those surrounding airport security within a post 9/11 America. This trans-disciplinary piece moves away from the construction of spectacle and into a multi-dimensional experience for the audience, enabling them to feel, hear, and see the subject matter from a number of perspectives. This live performance incorporates live and recorded video, text, and audio soundtracks.

Hillerby’s B.O.D.I.E.S piece is focused on the use of somatics, or the relationship between the body and mind in the choreographic proccess. The focus of Hillerby’s work is the idea that dance choreography should be about what movement feels like with the understanding that no two dancers have the same bodies, and therefore the dance will look and even feel differently. B.O.D.I.E.S is performed with more than 20 mirrors positioned onstage to emphasize the obsession of external sensory information. The audience joins four dancers on a movement journey of their individual bodies through discovery, exploration, and identity. It’s Hillerby’s hope that the audience connects to each performer’s exploration of inner landscapes and the external environment, set to an original musical composition by Robin Vining, School of Dance accompanist.

You made up the Story and I played with all the Parts, by Bedford, examines bisexuality as the new way to be socially constructed. In a society that Bedford feels continuously is filled with the pressures to be “heteronormative,” her work deconstructs the norm into creating her sexual utopia explored through desire and relationships. The multidisciplinary work incorporates live performance, original text, video, and original music composed by Robin Vining, School of Dance accompanist. Bedford hopes that her work can take the audience onto new journeys of self-discovery and reflection. 

The Margaret Gisolo Dance Studio is located at 611 E. Orange St., in the Physical Education Building East (PEBE) #132 on the ASU Tempe campus.

Nov. 5, 6:30 p.m.; Nov. 6, 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 7, 2 p.m. These performances are intended for mature audiences only and contain nudity.


Public Contact
Rebecca Hillerby
ASU School of Dance
MFA candidate in 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 School of Dance