October Dance 2022 features an evening of premieres coming from multiple international aesthetics choreographed by new faculty members Serouj Aprahamian, Alfonso Cervera, and Roxane D’Orleans Juste, graduate student Sojung Lim, and new Head of the Department of Dance Sara Hook. Serouj (“Midus”) Aprahamian, an internationally known hip hop artist, is performing a new solo. Alfonso Cervera, founder of Poc-Chuc Dance, is making a work for the first-year students in the Department of Dance based on his background in experimental dance, Ballet Folklorico, and Afro-LatinX social dances. D’Orleans Juste who is Haitian-Canadian offers a group work conjuring the resilience of community in crisis and set to music by Samuel Barber. Sojung Lim who hails from Korea is creating a dramatic solo for fellow MFA candidate Ricky De Jesus-Valentin, who is from Puerto Rico and will be performing to live music by cellist and current PhD candidate in the School of Music, Keegan O’Donald. And Hook’s work Dick and Janes references the iconic American early reader series and is set to an original composition by Ralph Lewis (DMA '21 Music) performed live by percussionist Brant Roberts (current PhD candidate in the School of Music).
This performance contains adult language.
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