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News Marlboro College Senior Presents Hip-Hop Dance on a Stage of Foam, April 4-6

MARLBORO, VT – (April 1, 2008) –Marlboro College Senior Seth Bowman debuts his original dance performance, “The Neighborhood,” in the Persons Auditorium, April 4 at 7:00 p.m.

As a part of his Plan of Concentration, Bowman designed the thirty-three minute dance to fuse hip-hop music, voice recordings of Maya Angelou’s poetry and modern-style dancing, all on a stage of foam.

Bowman comments on the innovative use of foam in his performance: “My favorite kind of dance is dance that uses elements other than the body. The foam acts as a tertiary character in the performance.”

The dance is a loose story about a young woman who becomes part of a community, Bowman explains, and the way that she changes her surroundings and in turn is changed by them,

The performance will run from April 4-6, and take place at 7 PM in Persons Auditorium each night. This show is free and open to the public. The performance contains coarse language that may not be appropriate for children.

“The Neighborhood” is one of two parts of Bowman’s Plan of Concentration featuredbowman on the Marlboro events calendar this month. From April 1 through 11, Bowman’s ten-day gallery exhibit: “Football is Hot! (Fruit is Fabulous)” will be open to the public. His presentation of painting, drawing and film focuses on exploring and illustrating two sides of masculinity, using images of fruit and footballs.

The exhibit will be on display in the Drury Gallery through April 11. A reception will take place in the lobby at 6 PM on April 4. The art in this exhibit contains adult material and may not be suitable for very young audiences.

In November of 2007, Bowman exhibited another component of his three-fold Plan of Concentration, an original television show called “Appreciations: Life Through Simple Gratitude.” “Appreciations” was a mixed-genre variety show, sitcom, reality and talk show that reframed current events in a positive light by examining what we can learn and appreciate about struggles throughout the world.

“The connecting theme in all these parts of my Plan,” Bowman says, “is the intention to empower audiences.”

After graduating from Marlboro College, Bowman plans to move to Honolulu, Hawaii and engage with the unique film community there.

For more information, contact the Marlboro College Public Relations department at 802-251-7644 or

Celebrating 60 years, 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.


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