Destiny Greer and Mirannda Lindberg hosted an informal concert free of charge on Tuesday, May 1, 2012, within the Lucille Norton Health and Physical Education Complex.
The concert featured four original pieces of choreography. Lindberg, a senior dance major, choreographed a solo piece for herself and a group piece for 11 dancers. Greer, a senior communication studies major, choreographed both a hip-hop piece and modern piece.
Since the concert was student led and student ran, Greer and Lindberg were responsible for all facets of the production, ranging from holding auditions to finding students to work as tech crew.
For Lindberg, the two pieces of choreography served as two honors contracts for the SFA Honors Program. Honors contracts are additional projects that students, under the guidance of a faculty member, may complete for honors credit.
Lindberg’s solo piece titled “Drifting Alongside My Mind” was an honors contract for the Rhythmic Analysis of Dance Movement course.
“I had to compose my own piece of music and choreograph a dance that would both complement and accentuate the rhythmic pattern of the music,” Lindberg said.
The solo told the story of Lindberg’s personal struggles throughout the semester. “I focused on the kind of pushing and pulling your thoughts do when you just have too much to do and not enough time to do it in,” Lindberg said. “You’ve just got to keep going.”
Lindberg’s group number titled “The Ophelia Tours” served as an honors contract for Modern Dance III. To fulfill the honors contract Lindberg had to choreograph a work that included the four modern techniques studied throughout the semester.
“My task was to use each of the techniques given to us from the four choreographers we study in class and create a complete work without losing myself as a choreographer,” Lindberg said. “The piece had to be engaging and have the principle elements of each technique.”
“The Ophelia Tours” told the story of women in Victorian asylums. Lindberg decided to run with this idea after learning one of her favorite musical artists, Emily Autumn, was inspired by Victorian asylums herself.
“It intrigued me,” Lindberg said. “I thought more along the lines of what if I could make this project more profound by having an underlying historical theme portrayed in this dark, almost creepy circus atmosphere.”
The piece featured 10 female dancers and one male dancer. The cast was dressed in romantic and classical tutus to add to the Victorian feel of the piece. In addition, tulle was placed on the headpieces to appear as if the dancers wore veils.
Just as Lindberg’s pieces were part of an honors contract, Greer’s modern piece served as an independent study assignment for her major. “I had to present a creative work of art showing the aspects of work-life balance and the tension it creates,” Greer said. To reveal the changing roles, dancers would take on and off an apron over their business attire.
In addition, Greer choreographed a hip-hop number titled “Not As It Seems.” This piece featured four dancers. Within the piece, three of the dancers acted as spies while the fourth acted as the victim of a crime.
“The dancers learned the hip hop all in one day, the Sunday before the show” Greer said. “I was about to release them when I saw Ty laying on the ground looking dead, then she did something really cool and dropped back to the floor. I thought hey we could be spies trying to solve her murder.”
One of the biggest challenges for Lindberg and Greer was the lack of time. “The time restraints didn’t help,” Lindberg said. “Let’s just say I’m surprised but glad we pulled it off.”
Even though the process proved quite stressful for Lindberg and Greer, the hard work paid off in the end. “My favorite part of the process was seeing it all come to fruition onstage,” Lindberg said. “That moment, watching the audience enjoying the pieces and getting feedback from the dance professors, made it all so very worth it.”