The influences on Loren Groenendaal’s MFA thesis concert, “Vernacularities,” range from ancient tradition to the latest technology.
There are works inspired by ritual forms of dance, invented new and presented on the concert stage. One dance takes specific influence from century-old Balinese dance, which Groenendaal studied during a summer on the Indonesian island. There is a work featuring live video projected behind the dancers, and another with “instant choreography” based on feedback to online videos.
“Loren Groenendaal offered a glimpse of the possible future of dance,” John Sanford Friedrich wrote after viewing an earlier version of her solo work, “Self-Refraction.”
“Vernacularities” blooms at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 26-27, in the UNCG Dance Theate. The concert will celebrate the joys of the season: new plants, the arrival of birds and dancing with new and old friends.
Tickets – $12 for general admission, $9 for senior citizens and children, and $6 for UNCG faculty and students – can be purchased at the Box Office.
More information is also available at Groenendaal’s blog – http://lorenmg.blogspot.com.
In the summer of 2008, she studied Balinese dance with Gamelan Çudamani in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia, supported by a UNCG Graduate School Summer Research Assistantship and a grant from the Kohler Fund. She is a semi-finalist for a Fulbright Fellowship to return to Indonesia.
Photos are courtesy Justin Tornow.