Academic Field

Dance

Faculty Mentor Name

Jonette Lancos

Presentation Type

Performance

Abstract

Megan Roberts

mer16@geneseo.edu

(716)713-2021

SUNY Geneseo

Dance

Professor Jonette Lancos

lancos@geneseo.edu

Performance Presentation

Exploration of the Concept of Sonder through Dance

Sonder is the concept that every individual that a person comes into contact with, however briefly, has a life as meaningful and as complex as that person. This piece is an exploration of the egocentrism that pervades modern society. Viewers of this dance work are urged to take a step back from their everyday lives in order to place value in the people around them. The concept for this work, entitled Sonder, stemmed from an exploration of improvisational techniques in postmodern dance. As the dance progresses and the choreography moves from traditional modern technique to exploratory improvisational structures, it is clear that the dancers step outside of themselves to acknowledge and engage with each other. Sonder shows that dance can be a medium for social commentary and can be the start of meaningful conversations among its viewers.

Keywords: dance, modern dance, postmodern dance, sonder, egocentrism

Start Date

10-4-2015 10:45 AM

End Date

10-4-2015 12:00 PM

Location

Hartwell Hall Dance Theater

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Apr 10th, 10:45 AM Apr 10th, 12:00 PM

Exploration of the Concept of Sonder through Dance

Hartwell Hall Dance Theater

Megan Roberts

mer16@geneseo.edu

(716)713-2021

SUNY Geneseo

Dance

Professor Jonette Lancos

lancos@geneseo.edu

Performance Presentation

Exploration of the Concept of Sonder through Dance

Sonder is the concept that every individual that a person comes into contact with, however briefly, has a life as meaningful and as complex as that person. This piece is an exploration of the egocentrism that pervades modern society. Viewers of this dance work are urged to take a step back from their everyday lives in order to place value in the people around them. The concept for this work, entitled Sonder, stemmed from an exploration of improvisational techniques in postmodern dance. As the dance progresses and the choreography moves from traditional modern technique to exploratory improvisational structures, it is clear that the dancers step outside of themselves to acknowledge and engage with each other. Sonder shows that dance can be a medium for social commentary and can be the start of meaningful conversations among its viewers.

Keywords: dance, modern dance, postmodern dance, sonder, egocentrism