Senior dance concerts on tap

| September 17, 2015

Sweet Briar College seniors Samantha Cochran and Comora Littlejohn will present a joint dance concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, and Friday, Sept. 25, in the dance studio theater at Babcock Fine Arts Center.

Samantha Cochran ’16 will present her B.F.A. senior capstone concert Sept. 24 and 25. Photo by Kollin Kirven ’18.

Cochran, a dance major and music minor, is presenting her senior capstone for the Bachelor of Fine Arts, an interdisciplinary degree that allows students to explore multifaceted creative interests.

Admission to the program is competitive, and requires an audition, as well as a portfolio of work judged by the B.F.A. committee. Once admitted, candidates focus on a primary and a secondary artistic discipline, culminating in a senior project combining both art forms.

Cochran’s concert will feature her original musical score in addition to Max Richter’s 2012 recomposition of Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons.” She also will perform on the piano. Alex Dagher ’17 will play violin during the concert.

Littlejohn, a dance major, also is presenting her senior capstone project. The concert is titled “Immersed Conversations. Dance program director Mark Magruder says her work is unique.

Comora Littlejohn ’16 will present “Immersed Conversations.” Photo by Kollin Kirven ’18.

“Comora’s choreography is very inventive and she seems to have created her own technique,” he said. “Her subject is often abstract, but she makes the audience want to get involved by trying to figure out its meaning.”

That’s not something Littlejohn necessarily strives for, but it’s satisfying when it happens, she says.

“When I choreograph, my only goal is to make the audience feel. Perhaps lots of people can perform, but can they make a connection? That being said, I would love for the audience to watch, feel and figure out how what they saw affected them.”

The concerts will be held in succession with an intermission in between. Admission is free and open to the public. Audience members should be prepared to remove their shoes before entering the studio.

For more information, contact Magruder at [email protected] or (434) 381-6330.

Jennifer McManamay

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Category: Dance, Performing Arts