AN MFA THESIS DANCE SERIES
CHOREOGRAPHY AND DIRECTION BY MFA CANDIDATE
IN COLLABORATION WITH
COSTUME DESIGNER KELSEY VIDIC,
ASSOC. PROF. HEATHER BARKER AND THE IMMERSIVE RESEARCH LAB,
PERCUSSIONISTS ARIANNA AVINA AND CLINT KHOELER
AND PERFORMERS SAMI FLORES, JASMYN HAMBLIN, IMRAN KHAN, NATALIE LOVAN, LAUREN MALONE, ODESSA NEWMAN, AND ROBERTA ROMANS
In The Quaking Place, choreographer and director Erin Reynolds collaborates with the performers to showcase a site-based, free-to-the public dance performance series exploring relationships of body, land, mind, and culture as it has been gradually augmented – a relationship some have noted to have become almost parasitic. Placed directly in a publicly inhabited space, it asks a technologically inclined generation that experiences most of their lives through the lens of their phone to witness the visceral effects of what Rod Giblett calls “feral quaking zones” - landscapes where earthquakes and terror are experienced as a result of the inscription of modern industrial technology. The human sensory experience of feeling these feral quaking zones is embodied through the dancers performance in relation to the public spaces they are performed within.
Featuring critical contributions by costume designer Kelsey Vidic, Associate Professor Heather Barker and The Immersive Research Lab, technical director Stephanie Losleben, music director Don Nichols, percussionists Arianna Avin and Clint Koeler, and videographer Gregory R.R. Crosby, The Quaking Place is a multi-site extravaganza. With concert direction by Rebecca Bryant and critical contributions from SteelCraft, Fourth Friday’s on Fourth Long Beach, and The Farmers Marketplace of Long Beach, this is an opportunity for audiences to see the performers transform perspectives on spatially, culturally, and socially informed understandings of augmentation and self.
THE MEETING PLACE BETWEEN BODY, LAND, AND MIND
SAMI FLORES began her formal dance training at Glendale Community College, studying Modern and Jazz. There, she joined the Glendale College Dance Company which she choreographed several works for and developed her performance and choreographic skills. Sami Flores is now studying at California State University Long Beach as a dance major and is furthering her education in order to become a choreographer as well as a versatile dancer.
JASMYN HAMBLIN is a Southern Ca based dancer and choreographer. After performing professionally in San Diego, she pursued her BFA in Dance from CSULB. While there, she traveled to Ecuador to perform Rebecca Bryant’s “Criatura: Parte Uno”. She is interested in contemporary and improvisational work as dance maker and her piece “Process” in the BFA Variance concert attended ACDA in 2020.
IMRAN KHAN is a dance major from California State University, Long Beach. He fell in love with dance at Renaissance High School for the Arts, here in Long Beach, California. He likes to dance to unveil the subtle and make people feel.
NATALIE LOVAN knew from the first tiny tots ballet class her mother enrolled her in, that dance was her passion. Since then she has trained in a variety of styles and techniques, however Jazz has always held a special place in her heart. Natalie is a current BFA dance major at California State University Long Beach and hopes to build a career in the commercial dance industry after graduation.
LAUREN MALONE is a candidate for the Bachelor of Fine Arts and Dance Science degrees at Cal State Long Beach. She is represented by BLOC Talent Agency in LA, training in commercial and concert dance styles. Lauren studied Pilates at CSULB and has completed her BASI Pilates Certification, with a dance emphasis, under Karen Clippinger. She teaches at Pilates X and works with West Coast Elite Dance.
ODESSA NEWMAN grew up in many different locations - from Alaska to Hawaii and even Australia. Her mother settled in Berkeley, California where she raised Odessa on her own. Odessa has been dancing since she was very little but it became a passion of hers while at Shawl Anderson Dance Center at the age of 9. Ever since these little moments, she has been dancing and traveling and doing what she knows best. She finished high school in 2019 and continued on to start her college path at California State University, Long beach. She is currently in her second semester as a freshman and is enjoying the dance department of Long Beach State.
ROBERTA ROMANS is a dancer from Sacramento. She began dancing in Sacramento and then moved to Long Beach, CA to purse a degree in dance. She is now a senior at Cal state Long Beach, and she will graduate this Spring with a Batchelors of Art in Dance along with a minor in Fashion design.
HEATHER RENEE BARKER Associate Professor of Design at California State University Long Beach is a human urbanist. Her interdisciplinary work facilitates human-centered approaches to designing for the human/data hybrid experience. By leveraging a range of analog and digital tools, gamification, and data-visualization, Heather develops novel solutions to personal interface, animated space, community engagement, and sustainable urban challenges.
ARIANNA AVINA is currently a percussionist at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music. Throughout her school career, she has studied with T.J. Troy at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music and with Ted Atkatz, Andy Watkins, and Brad Dutz at Long Beach State. She has performed with groups such as the Pasadena City College Tournament of Roses Honor Band, the Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Bob Cole Conservatory Wind Symphony and Symphony Orchestra.
THE IMMERSIVE DESIGN LAB provides an opportunity to create designed environments that simultaneously stimulate and read human behavior. The research allows for a low-expenditure means to study human learning and response within real-world simulations.
FOURTH FRIDAYS ON FOURTH It all goes down on Retro Row in Long Beach between 6pm and 9pm as the restaurants, bars and shops along 4th St. between Temple and Cherry host special art and music events, offer sales and stay open later hours. Street buskers, live music, drink specials, clothing specials, art shows, bicycle valet, you name it, it's all happening on 4th St.
CATALINA EDDY is a BFA candidate at CSU Long Beach, where she has performed works by Micaela Taylor, Rebecca Lemme, and Keith Johnson among others, and choreographed in two concerts. Catalina’s training includes intensives with the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, New Dialect, Hubbard Street, and Micaela Taylor. She is also a member of LA-based Contemporary Arte in Movement.
PAIGE GEISSLER is a professional dancer based in the LA area. Originally from Chicago, IL Paige studied contemporary dance under the direction of Kate Jablonski at Beyond Words Dance Company. In 2016, she moved to CA pursue her BFA in dance at CSU Long Beach. Paige then became certified in Pilates with a Dance Specialization through BASI Pilates under the direction of Karen Clippinger in 2018.
JUSTINE OKAJIMA currently holds a BFA in Dance with a Minor in Hospitality Management from Cal State University, Long Beach. She has performed in a variety of styles, working with choreographers such as, Norbert de la Cruz III, Andrew Vaca, and Sophie Monet. She found her passion for dance at a young age as she attended the Orange County School of the Arts to further her dance training.
KELSEY VIDIC was born in Florida. She received an MFA in Costume Design at the University of Texas at Austin. Working specifically with bodies, textiles and space opened doors to work with companies such as the Intel Corporation, Opera på Skåret in Kopparberg, Sweden, American Players Theatre, Kevin Williamson+Company and LA Contemporary Dance Company all under varying design and assistant titles. Vidic currently works as the Costume Designer and Shop Manager for the Dance Department at California State University, Long Beach. She will continue to listen with her eyes and always prefers the present moment.
ADDITIONAL SUPPORT FROM CONCERT DIRECTOR AND THESIS COMMITTEE MEMBER REBECCA BRYANT, CINEMAGRAPH PHOTOGRAPHER GREGORY RR CROSBY, TECHNICAL COORDINATOR STEPHANIE LOSLEBEN, MUSIC DIRECTOR DON NICHOLS, THESIS CHAIR REBECCA LEMME, THESIS COMMITTEE MEMBER COLLEEN DUNAGAN, THESIS COMMITTEE MEMBER CRAIG STONE, AND THE CSULB DEPARTMENT OF DANCE.
ERIN REYNOLDS is the artistic director of the dance company Erin Reynolds Performances. She is a part of an ongoing collaboration, E&C, with Collette Kollewe with whom she has been choreographing and dancing for over ten years, and one of the founding members of the collaborative dance company Bare Outlines.
She has Associate degrees in Dance and Chemistry from Cabrillo College, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance and Performance Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and is currently a Master of Fine Arts candidate in Dance and Graduate Teaching Associate at the California State University, Long Beach.
MFA THESIS CHOREOGRAPHER BIO
Department Faculty: Betsy Cooper; chair, Rebecca Bryant, Raul Cruz, Colleen Dunagan, Holley Farmer, Keith Johnson, Lisa Johnson, Lorin Johnson, David Kim, Rebecca Lemme, Teresa Jankovic, Manuel Macias, Carol McDowel, Brenna Monroe-Cooke, Don Nichols, Alexx Shilling, Steven Sofia, Rosana Tavarez, Tom Tsai, Lora Wilson-Mau, Natalie Wong, Andrew Vaca, Brooke Winder, Steve Zee
Staff:Gregory R.R. Crosby, Jeniffer Fuentes-Mishica, Stephanie Losleben, Don Nichols, Sylvia Rodriguez-Scholz, Kirsten Sumpter, Kelsey Vidic
Graduate Students/Assistants: Amber Allgyer, Queala Clancy, Tashara Gavin-Moorehead, Issa Hourani, Erin Reynolds, Sarah Stanley
CSULB DANCE FACULTY & STAFF SPRING 2020