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Graduate Thesis Dance Concert

The School of Dance at the University of Utah presents a dance concert of thesis works from Modern Dance MFA candidates Kimberly Fulmer, Rebekah Guerra, Carly Herrmann, Irishia Hubbard, and Sam Stone. These choreographers, along with the performers, have created an evening of kinesthetic delight, alluring dance theatre/storytelling, and riveting imagery. Please join us for an evening of five unique and varied dance pieces, where the live art form of dance allows us to be present — with each other — now.

Kimberly Fulmer’s “Traces,” initially inspired by postmodern choreographer Trisha Brown, investigates how movement can evolve and materialize in and through different bodies over time with individual embodied archives.

Based on Frida Kahlo’s double-self-portrait, Las Dos Fridas (1939), “Bolero de lxs Fridas,” a work choreographed by Rebekah Guerra, is a theatrical interrogation of how we present ourselves as the characters we are performing and how it conflicts with the narratives that reside inside us. Bolero de lxs Fridas is in collaboration with José Miguel Santelices, Briana Gillet, Nathaniel Skinner, Gwen Benitez, Brianne Corbridge, Zhenya Ragulin, Loren Khan, Alejandra Nelson, Kendall MacMillan, Pablo Piantino, Doug Corbin, and Satu Hummasti.

Carly Herrmann’s “awaken” was created to speak for mental health within the ballet world. Exposing both the darker and blissful experiences of a ballet dancer’s journey and life, “awaken” shows the story of the emotional struggle and joy ballet dancers encounter day-to-day within themselves.

Irishia Hubbard’s “Unearthed” explores the unwritten history of Black moving image arts by analyzing Africanist Aesthetics in American dance, photography, and film.

Sam Stone and dancers bring original music and choreography in their indie-punk band turned dance theatre performance, “Hers to Give.” Six women wishing, hoping, caring, waiting… scratch that: Six women together, wanting and getting. Engage, enrage, move.

Be here with us.

September 21st at 5:30 pm 
September 22nd at 7:30 pm 
September 23rd at 7:30 pm

In-person at the Marriott Center for Dance, Hayes Christensen Theater 330 South 1500 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84112 .
Free admission, limited seating at the door.  Live streaming at