Tuesday, March 31, 2015


Graduate students from the University of Oklahoma's School of Dance (SOD) will present original choreography during the seventh annual Degrees of Rotation concert on Tuesday, April 7 and Wednesday, April 8, at 8:00 p.m.  Performances will take place in studio 3002, the School of Dance’s informal performance space, located on the third floor of the Reynolds Performing Arts Center. Admission is $10.00 for the general public and $5.00 for OU students and children 8 and over, cash and check only.

Degrees of Rotation features a program of ballet, modern dance, and innovative dance choreographed by SOD’s second- and third-year graduate students. The diverse program aims to inspire and intrigue viewers through human relationships and collaborative endeavors. The concert is produced in an intimate performance venue, encouraging connections between audience members and performers.

Sierra Codalata will present her MFA choreographic thesis "Rite Departure," featuring ten dancers.  Codalata said, “This work explores, through dance, the beliefs and practices surrounding death in three religions: Christianity, Buddhism and Wicca. My thesis examines how these specific religions respond to the common event of death.”

Joshua Barr will also give the premiere of his thesis, "Choreographic Democracies." Barr described his process by saying, “Through my research, I am examining the democratic creative processes of three postmodern choreographers.  I will utilize these processes to construct a series of ballet compositions.”

In addition to the thesis choreographies, Tye Love will present "A Dieu," about which he stated, “I have made a light pas de deux inspired by Chopin’s Nocturne Op. 9 and No. 2 in E Flat Major, featuring graduating senior dancers Melanie Jensen and Zeek Wright.”

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