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Provocative BFA dance concert is a sensory treat


 Michael Fernandez, Vitolio Jeune, Michael-John Harper, Manuel Sanchez, Brittany Young, Lauren Worjak, Raechel Bansemer, Brittany Kernohan, Kathryn West, Ashlee Buckley, Daniela Grosso, Tatiana Virzi-Roy, Andrea Murillo, Julie Williams, Natalia Gonzalez, I-hua Yeh.

Miami--- As one of the most anticipated performances of the college year, the College BFA Dance Concert marks the most comprehensive and final project delivered by NWSA’s dance aspiring graduates. Daniel Lewis, Dean of the Dance division and instructor of this intense course announced last week, that the BFA concert-showcase which this year will feature a total of sixteen students, will be presented at 7:30 PM on Friday and Saturday, February 13 and 14 at  New World Dance Theater, 25 NE 2nd Street, downtown, Miami. General admission is $5.

“One of our strongest graduating classes, these dancers bring with them a wealth of dynamism and innovation rarely seen at this young age,” said dean Lewis of his largest group of BFA graduates, “they’re ready to embark in a professional dance career and we’re confident many of them will soon be recruited by some of the top dance companies in the nation to joint their fellow alums. Today, our alums make up a notable percentage of the dancers in world-renowned dance companies such as the Martha Graham Dance Company, Alvin Ailey and Parsons.”

The concert, comprised of pieces choreographed and performed by the students is geared towards creating an on flowing dance performance with intermittent solos of each member of the senior ensemble. A repertoire that runs the gamut from traditional jovial pieces to the more esoteric numbers, the evening promises to keep the audience enthralled from beginning to end. “The use of props is particularly strong in this concert” said Raechel Bansemer, one of the participating dancers and president of the Student Government Association at NWSA “our goal is to deliver a sensory experience to our audience. This performance is more than a dance presentation; it’s our chance to express, through movement, sound and staging our innermost feelings and concerns, fears and joys and hopefully move the audience in ways that will ignite their own feelings.”

The group-works vary and touch on different aspects of the each choreographer’s perception on topics such as love, life, and human emotions. Choreographed by Bansemer “Living with Autonesia” explores the phenomenon of recurring childhood memories. A contemporary piece danced by a duet, to music from the film “What Dreams May Come”, this choreography takes the audience on a journey that spans a life time and allows each individual to feel even their most discriminating thoughts. “Intro” choreographed by Michael–John Harper, draws an analogy between women and water. Both beautiful and disturbing, the piece was inspired by the female Greek statues at the Metropolitan Museum in New York and is interpreted by four female dancers who transport the audience to a “surreal place” through the use of the elements. Another highlight of the evening promises to be “Age of Terror” choreographed and performed by Haitian-born Vitolio Jeune. A solo presentation, this number explores the most vulnerable side of human kind as it raises the question of fear and the consequential moment a society breaks down. In this six minute excerpt from his original thirty minute choreography, Jeune underscores the dark side of humanity, highlighting world hunger and the effects it had in his life while growing up in Haiti.

Tickets are available by calling 305-237-3582 or online at www.mdc.edu/nwsa.  

New World School of the Arts was created by the Florida Legislature as a center of excellence in the performing and visual arts, is an educational partnership of Miami Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College and the University of Florida. Through these educational partnerships NWSA’ audition-based dance program, accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art, Dance, Music and Theater, offers the high school diploma and four-year BFA college degree. Areas of concentration in Dance include Ballet, Choreography, Modern Dance, World Dance.

For more information about the music division at New World School of the Arts, please call: 305-237-3582.

Photo caption - left to right, top to bottom: Michael Fernandez, Vitolio Jeune, Michael-John Harper, Manuel Sanchez, Brittany Young, Lauren Worjak, Raechel Bansemer, Brittany Kernohan, Kathryn West, Ashlee Buckley, Daniela Grosso, Tatiana Virzi-Roy, Andrea Murillo, Julie Williams, Natalia Gonzalez, I-hua Yeh. Photo by Juan E. Cabrera.
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