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Senior's Performance Explores How
Memory and Experience Inspire Dance

Marlboro College senior dance student Sunny Hitt presents "Unspoken Knowledge," an evening of original choreographed works investigating how memory and personal experience inspire movement on Friday, November 18 and Saturday, November 19 at 8:00 p.m. in the Rudolf and Irene Serkin Center for Performing Arts at Marlboro College. Hitt’s multi-media installation piece, “(Re)member: Images of Dancing in my Life,” will be on view beginning at 7:15 p.m.

Utilizing both modern and traditional dance techniques, Hitt choreographed four dance selections ranging from a love-themed ensemble piece to a solo about her mother.

In one piece, Hitt urged her dancers, 14 Marlboro students, to contribute their own personal experiences to the choreography rather than teach them traditional steps. “I asked the dancers to revisit a time in their lives when things were out of balance, when they felt extremely depressed or anxious,” said Hitt. “Then I asked them to improvise and express those feelings through movement, and we composed movement phrases together to make the piece.”

Hitt’s choreography for another piece utilizes a modern technique created by Pina Bausch based on an interpretation of question and answers. Hitt combined her dancers’ personal experiences into a piece about love using their responses to specific questions in the form of improvised words, movement or acting.

While choreographing her solo piece about her relationship with her mother, which she also dances, Hitt found that it was very difficult to confront her feelings. She feels that this dance is continually in progress as she tries to express her complex emotions and experiences through movement.

A pre-performance installation, “(Re)member: Images of Dancing in my Life,” which includes video, audio and photographic media, exhibits Hitt’s exploration of her journey as a dancer and choreographer and includes memories she drew on in her creation of the performance pieces.

While participating in the American Dance Festival this past summer, Hitt was selected to perform in the world premiere of “Mask,” choreographed by Indonesian Martinus Miroto. After graduating in December, Hitt plans to move to Washington, D.C. where she hopes to dance professionally and teach.

This performance is free and open to the public. The Serkin Center is fully accessible. For more information, contact Elena Sharnoff, Marlboro College Public Affairs Officer, at (802) 251-7644. For cancellation information, please call the Events Hotline: (802) 451-7151.

Founded in 1946, Marlboro College offers undergraduate education in the liberal arts and, since 1997, graduate study focused on Internet technologies. Its 330 undergraduate students enjoy an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, a voice in governing the community and individualized courses of study on a 350-acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont. Marlboro has been selected as one of 40 Colleges that Change Lives. (http://www.marlboro.edu/news/promotional/change_lives.html).

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