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ASU School of Dance presents Transition Projects I & II

January 25, 2011

Transition Projects I & II encompass a combination of complex performance and innovative choreography studies by ASU School of Dance undergraduate seniors, faculty, alumnae and special guests.

Claudia Murphey, School of Dance professor, is the artistic driector of the performances to take place Feb. 18-20, on the ASU Tempe campus. Some pieces from Transition Projects I will be included in Transition Projects II.

Transition Projects I

Sustainability and soil erosion are subjects examined in a three-part work, Exhausted Abundance. Choreographed by Karen Schupp, School of Dance faculty member, and performed by seniors Mandi Karr and Emily Zakrzewski, the piece explores these subjects in site-specific and theater settings.

In Endless River, choreographed by Mary Fitzgerald, associate professor in the School of Dance, and in collaboration with seniors Madeline Wilcox and Tara Wrobel, the dancers endlessly separate and come together in an intimate duet about closure and change.

New York-based choreographer Nina Buisson presents Tear of Stone, a solo performed by graduating senior Samantha McHale.

For Her Smile Is Painted On, choreographed by Jenna Kosowski, School of Dance alumna and a solo performance by senior Renee Zuccola, is influenced by the storybook character, Raggedy Ann created in 1915. This was around the period in U.S. history when women fought for equal rights. The piece plays between the ideas of freedom and femininity. The flow and fluidity of the movements show “freedom” and the overall piece is focused on the “feminine” qualities of dance.

Revolutionary Alarm is choreographed by senior Melissa Britt with the collaboration of senior Paige Mayes, and spoken-word artist Tomas Stanton, and conveys multiple characters through Tomas' spoken words that are designed to captivate the audience in an experience of recreating words and movement at the same time.

Choreographer and senior Alyssa Brown uses minimalist movement in fixAted. This piece depicts a clear focus as the dancers become enthralled with something offstage. It is an attempt to draw the audiences to what is happening both on and off stage, and create an obsessive fixation with something unknown.

Pushing Forward explores and embodies movement through the discussion of transitioning. Choreographer and senior Tara Wrobel, in collaboration with the performers, demonstrates how they are discovering their individual process through their time here at ASU and into their future outside of school.

Transition Projects II

Alumna Cheri Burns-McDowell reveals a new work, White Noise, exploring Electronic Voice Phenomenon through a mysterious woman in white portrayed by Janelle Fehser, graduating senior. In collaboration with Eileen Standley, School of Dance clinical professor, seniors Mandi Karr and Alyssa Brown use movement as a metaphor for society drowning in “over-stimulation” due to the accessibility of technology.

Seniors Emily Millizer, choreographer, and Ashleigh Leite present Sweetheart, a collaboration of the exhilarating movement of Leite and her self-produced video work that explores the inner self of an Arizona State University sorority sweetheart.

Seniors Laura Pellegrino and Kasey Fletcher invite the audience to participate in their piece, The Game Is In Action..., an installation which examines the game Twister through live game-play and video.

Editor’s note: The Endless River, Revolutionary Alarm, and Pushing Forward pieces from Transition Projects I also will be presented in the Transition Projects II program.

Transition Projects I performances are scheduled to take place at 6:30 p.m., Feb. 18 and 4 p.m., Feb. 19. Transition Projects II performances are scheduled to take place at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 19 and 2 p.m., Feb. 20.

All shows will be performed in the Margaret Gisolo Dance Studio, 611 E. Orange St., in the Physical Education Building East (PEBE) #132 on the ASU Tempe campus. Tickets are $8-$21. Contact the Herberger Institute Box office at 480-965-6447, or visit

Sunny Kuo,

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ASU School of Dance