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Inter(person)al progression was a performance put on by the Department of Dance in the Albig Studio Theatre April 13 – 14.
Kelsy Rupp was the choreographer and producer for all six of the dances performed.
The performance was based around the psychological system of development regarding relationships.
The first dance was “Amite” and featured four female dancers in neutral colored floral clothing.
A slow, classical introduction played and the dancers seemed to be moving across the stage delicately like they were floating, and as the song progressed, they seemed to grow and become stronger and more fluid.
Rupp performed the second dance, “How I learned to love my mess,” solo. The piece started out somber, Rupp dressed in all black and moving erratically, then a fiddle came in and she began intricately moving herself across the stage and the floor.
The reasoning behind her movements symbolized a certain stage in the development of her relationships, and was well portrayed.
“1/2” was the next number, with two female dancers starting out close to each other, while one began inching away.
The music was sweet and girly, which made the dance seem like it was symbolizing siblings or best friends.
During the entire piece, one of the dancers seemed to be begging for the attention of the other, and at the end, they finally get along and begin moving together.
The next dance was very sassy, and began with six females adorned in black leotards prancing around the stage as an electric pink light illuminated them.
The title was “Groups of 4…Maybe 5.” The music was rough techno and the attitude of the dancers gave off an arrogant vibe.
It was a condescending dance almost, with the dancers moving in sync with one another at some points, but everyone was in their own world.
“All is Fair” was the second to last dance, and was vastly different than the rest.
This was the first time a male dancer had made an appearance, along with a solo female.
The music was akin to an Alice in Wonderland type of feeling, and the dance was clearly a love/hate relationship between the two performers.
They would glide in sync with each other across the stage then burst apart and be alone before coming back together again. It was a very interesting portrayal of a romantic relationship.
The final piece, “Conglomerate Affair,” included the entire cast of dancers in the performance. The music was light and flippant, just as the dancers were.
There were nine dancers running across the stage every which way during the dance, but not touching each other like in previous pieces.
During the Q&A after the performance, Rupp told the audience that the last piece was indicative of the relationships you have with people you pass by on the streets, and although you do not know them, you have still formed a relationship with them.
Rupp admits to favoring the last piece of the performance, simply because of the style of dance.
The dancers had been working on the entire performance since August, and it was definitely a fantastic tribute to psychology and dance alike.