Master of Fine Arts candidates Julie Opiel, Bridget Close and Sarah Rose will present “Fractured Form” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 1, and Saturday, March 2, in the Nancy Smith Fichter Dance Theatre at Montgomery Hall. The evening of dance will explore the form of the female body, of nature, of dance performance and, ultimately, of the concert being presented.
Opiel’s “Fourth Girl on the Left” opens the concert with a look into the relationship of the female body to classical ballet. Opiel collaborated with designer and three-dimensional artist Justin Bailey to create structures that act as both scenic design and as dancers within the corps de ballet, demonstrating the use of bodies as props in ballet.
This work reflects Opiel’s experiences as a ballet dancer, representing her simultaneous reverence for and resistance to the aesthetic. “Fourth Girl on the Left” opens with a solo in which Opiel explores her own body as a physical structure. The dance unfolds into an enchanting corps de ballet of multiple bodies moving in and out of unison, dancing through and alongside Bailey’s elegant archways.
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