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Dance Program


Faculty Research

Paul Besaw: Since the Dance Program is housed in the Department of Music, Paul Besaw has collaborated on numerous dance/music projects with his music faculty colleagues. Besaw worked with composer/conductor Michael Hopkins on the original score/dance Now Winter Nights Enlarge, performed by the Burlington Chamber Orchestra and local professional dancers in January 2010. Hopkins and Besaw's 2007 project, Three Wonderers Down Yonder, included the combination of dance, bass, and electronics. The Patricia Julien Quartet performed Julien's original composition "Glee" together with Besaw's dance Bump in 2008. Besaw also recently choreographed a new dance for UVM students to Frederic Rzewski's "speaking percussionist" score "To The Earth," performed by percussionist and Music Department Chair D. Thomas Toner.

Clare Byrne's dance and performance work brings together her overlapping interests in movement, ritual, and embodied religious image and expression. Her work exploring these connections include the full-evening Rounds: The First Last Dance, The Last First Dance, or an Ordination, a collaboration with the rock band Hot Young Priest which premiered at Dance New Amsterdam in New York City in 2007. Other work includes an ongoing series of solo performances as a White Witch; To the Tree (2007) and Letter to the Church (2008), both performed in chapel spaces at Union Seminary; and Kneelings (2007-ongoing), ritualized kneelings on city streets and public spaces. Her performance practice, Weekly Rites uses improvisation and the camera as an ongoing experiment in performance as intercession. Byrne collaborated with the Burlington Chamber Orchestra in choreographing Appalachian Spring in 2010.

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