Theatre features new art forms

By Sean Goodwin

The Department of Theatre and New Dance will be presenting ‘In Liminal Flux’ this weekend.

It’s a dance show based on expression through movement that aims to showcase another form of art to anyone interested in experiencing something new.

Professor Gayle Fekete is the artistic director of the show.

She described how the dance performances the department puts together stray from the norm.

“When you say dance, for a lot of people it either lands in one of two corners: the ballet world or somewhere in that entertainment niche,” Fekete said. “We don’t do that. We embrace all kinds of movers.”

Even though the show is different from what people are accustomed to, Fekete is also determined to make sure the performance will still be accessible to anyone that decides to watch it.

“Think of the way you feel when you go to an art gallery. These dance concerts, to me, feel like that kind of witnessing, experiencing or viewing.” Fekete said. “You have to look at it. You have to think about it.”

No matter the context, “In Liminal Flux” is designed to showcase just how creative the department can be when it comes to movement.

The show will consist of six performance pieces choreographed by numerous artists.

Fekete will provide a piece of her own along with professor Jeremy Hahn, the creative director of the show.

Other guest artists involved with the show include Suchi Branfman of Scripps and Manuel Macias, a Cal Poly Pomona graduate student.

Although each piece was created by one individual, each piece has evolved over time due the collaboration between the dancers involved.

“It’s more of a process. Everyone is going through a particular artistic process the same way a visual artist would, or an architect would,” Fekete said.

“We examine, we ask questions, we think things, and then we let the work come to us.”

The current rendition of the show is deeply intimate and personal among the performers because each piece has become a melting pot of styles incorporated by each individual performer.

The directors of the show are also attempting to make the show feel like one giant experience by using transitions instead of presenting six obviously separate pieces.

“There aren’t really very many stops and starts.”

We’re trying to keep it going in a transitory way,” Fekete said.

“We really think conceptually about the concert as a whole. It’s not just individual artists,” Hahn said.

“They feed into this group cohesion.”

This is a method of directing that the department hasn’t tried before, and it could potentially elevate the performance into something bigger.

Both Fekete and Hahn encouraged anyone interested in stepping outside their comfort zone to come see the show.

Hahn gave some advice regarding how to make watching the show more of an experience.

“I feel when I view dance, I like to feel it wash over me,” Hahn said.

“If we allow it to just wash and permeate, then we can feel the traces of it or the things that stuck out. Then we can piece it together.”

Hahn emphasized how important it is to just let the performance go past human instinct to logically solve the problems being presented.

“If you sit and try to figure it out while your watching it, it can lead to frustration,” Hahn said.

“There is a way of allowing the work to unfold, and I found to not let myself figure it out because then I’m not with the work.”

“I want to be with it, see how it makes me feel, see how it impacts me, and piece things together later with conversation.”

Fekete and Hahn are proud of the show they’ve put together, and it’s open to any student feeling adventurous.

Showings will begin at 8 p.m. Jan. 26 and Jan. 27, and at 2 p.m. Jan. 27 in the University Theatre.

Tickets are $10 for students, staff and seniors.

General admission is $15, and $12 for CPP alumni.

In Liminal Flux is designed to showcase the level of creativity among the theatre department

Albert Muro / The Poly Post

In Liminal Flux is designed to showcase the level of creativity among the theatre department’s students and staff

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