BFA Choreographic Concert 'Forces': Nov. 3-5

Nov. 1, 2016

Department of Dance Presents 'Forces', Bachelor of Fine Arts Choreographic Concert


Webster University’s Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts Department of Dance presents Forces, a 2016 Bachelor of Fine Arts Choreographic Concert. The concert premieres the original choreography of senior BFA Dance candidates, Marissa Beccard, Hydeia Champion, Kevin Hamilton, and Prince Lyons.  Forces runs Thursday and Friday, Nov. 3 and 4, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 5 at 2:00 p.m. on Stage III in the lower level of Webster Hall, 470 E. Lockwood Ave. Admission is free and open to the public, though donations are accepted.

“My work investigates the way we perceive our lives and the world around us through irony,” states choreographer Marissa Beccard. “These pieces aim to challenge our assumption that things always make sense, by contrasting the familiar and the strange, a tension which is reflected in our lives. 

Beccard, a native of Fort Collins, CO began her training at Canyon Concert Ballet. Beyond Webster, she has had the opportunity to perform at The Snowy Range Dance Festival, in The Transmutation Project’s That Shines Bright For Once, and in Hua Hin, Thailand where she studied Thai classical dance under Patravadi Mejuhudon. She also recently choreographed for Constellations, a play directed by Trace Turner, which ran in Austin, Texas. 

In contrast to the irony that Beccard focuses on, Champion utilizes highly dramatic music and movement to communicate narratives and critique our society. Her group piece is an exploration of female sexuality, and how society has attempted to repress it, while her duet investigates the horrors of diamond mining in Africa, through spoken word and the relationship between two women.  

Hailing from Chicago, Champion got her start in the Exelon Stroble Step-Up year round training program at the Joffrey Ballet. Since then, she has also had the opportunity to study at Deeply Rooted Dance Theatre, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and Visceral Dance Chicago.

Following the theme of social critique, Hamilton’s work takes a look at power dynamics and social justice. His group piece focuses on women’s culture and his solo investigates black male culture. In these pieces, Hamilton seeks to communicate a place of artistic freedom for these disenfranchised groups.

Beyond his performances with Webster, Hamilton has performed with the Saint Louis Black Repertory Theatre Company in both HAIRSPRAY and The Wiz. Outside of St. Louis, Kevin has performed at Nashville Ballet and with GramoDanse in Panama.

Moving from a focus on groups and social justice to individuals and relationships, Lyons says  his work “explores the spectrum of introversion/extroversion in humanity, through passing relationships and intimate moments. The ballet is danced to the music of Ólafur Arnald, Bryce Dessner, Alva Noto, Alice Sara Ott, Ryuichi Nakamoto and The Elysian Quartet uncovering the fear of uncertainty through highly sensitive choreography and tender moments. 

In his training outside of Webster, Lyons has had the opportunity to study at Nashville Ballet, Charlotte Ballet, BodyTraffic, and Art’s Umbrella. While taking advantage of these opportunities, he has been able to perform works by choreographers like José Limon, Crystal Pite, William Forsythe, and Jiri Kylian. 

For further information, call the Fine Arts Hotline at (314) 968-7128. For more information on the Department of Dance, call 314-246-7747, email or visit the department website.

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