Graduate students and faculty perform contemporary dances at ‘Colaboratoria’

Graduate students and faculty perform contemporary dances at 'Colaboratoria'

Jonathan R. Diaz

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According to the artistic directors, professors Paula Thomson, PsyD. and S. Victoria Jaque, Phd., the dances in Colaboratoria explored the psychological and physiological responses of dancers from the beginning to the end of the production. Photo credit: John Saringo-Rodriguez / Photo Editor

Graduate students and faculty from the department of kinesiology performed a dance concert on Nov. 6, entitled “Colaboratoria”.

Two dancers perform intricate forms of choreography in Colaboratoria, a graduate student and faculty dance concert, at the Plaza Del Sol Performance hall on Nov. 6. Photo credit: John Saringo-Rodriguez / Photo Editor
Two dancers perform intricate forms of choreography in Colaboratoria, a graduate student and faculty dance concert, at the Plaza Del Sol Performance hall on Nov. 6. Photo credit: John Saringo-Rodriguez / Photo Editor

The performance included various forms of contemporary and hip hop dances. The dances were meant to showcase the collaboration between choreographers and dancers. The dancers also sought to examine the psychological and physiological responses during the dance.

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Colaboratoria consisted of 11 diverse dances. Both choreography and dance performance analysis classes participated in the culmination of the production. Photo credit: John Saringo-Rodriguez / Photo Editor

Some dancers wore LifeShirts, which are vests that contain sensors that monitor heart rate, blood pressure and temperature. The data will be collected and analyzed after the performances. The music ranged from songs by Macklemore to classical. Some of the themes explored in the performances included bullying. The next performance for the department of kinesiology will be held on April 29, 2014.