This past weekend, members of the dance program at UNCG presented their Prime Movers Concert for 2016. The evening consisted of multiple dances choreographed and performed by students of the dance program. The concert was organized to support and reflect the hard work of the Prime Movers program, which is a student-run organization. Prime Movers provides students with the opportunity to connect with the community through dance while promoting the importance of their art. The organization helps provide many opportunities in the community as well as advocates for dance education and performance.
The dance program at UNCG is unique and offers a well-rounded dance education, and the Prime Movers concert provides students a chance to show off their hard work. With both nights of the concert nearly sold out, the event is exciting, and many look forward to it every year.
Students are behind the entire production, from staging to performing to choreographing. The night consisted of eleven numbers, each unique and different from the last. The opening performance was entitled “7@7”, in which seven performers danced to the song “Skinny Love” by Bon Iver. The lighting was dim, and the gentle music allowed for a smooth performance. Dedicated to the dancers, choreographer Kaitlin Clow noted, “When you enjoy the process, you love the product.”
The next performance, called “Illusions,” consisted of three dancers. The piece was meant to represent both the conscious and subconscious motives within the brain, and ideas of the past and present were shown through movement. “Insomnia” recognized hidden thoughts only accessed by the brain on the edge of sleep through a collaborative effort of six dancers.
“Who Really Matters,” choreographed and performed by Tameika Ramseur, was an extremely powerful performance to the emotionally charged song “Muddy Waters” by LP, which became more popular after being featured in the season four finale of Orange is the New Black. The lyrics of the song beg for mercy as the speaker falls into the muddy water, which holds them down. The performance echoed this sentiment well, with a single dancer onstage. The brief program notes, which read, “Someone once said ‘let freedom ring’…but when will it actually ring?” are extremely powerful and thought-provoking.
“Nothing but a Raindrop” is a reflection on the human experience, both individual and collective, performed by the largest group of the night, to the songs “Intruxx” and “Cocoa Hooves,” both by indie rock band Glass Animals. The first half of the night ended with “Lilac Wine,” performed by six dancers to the song of the same name by Nina Simone. The song is simple but powerful, and the performance reflected the song’s sentiments, closing out the first half quietly but movingly.
After a brief intermission, the second half began, consisting of numbers just as powerful and enticing as the first half’s. To start was “Chemical Imbalance,” a compelling number that explores the anxiety-riddled brain, considering what is chemically going on inside instead of focusing on outer symptoms of anxiety. The dancers represent brain waves, and the performance was intriguing and thought-provoking. It was followed by “Where is My Mind,” a piece dedicated to choreographer Haley Marcin’s grandmother, who lives with Alzheimer’s. The performance was a moving exploration of the difficulties and trials of Alzheimer’s disease, and the program notes offer a poignant statement, “we remember when they can no longer.”
The penultimate number, “Here We Are,” explored vulnerability and transparency, as the group of dancers offered up themselves and their stories. The music, “There is Hope Here” by A Dancing Beggar, is ambient and atmospheric, elevating the performance to an even more meaningful level. The concert ended with “Nimbi,” a piece dedicated to and embodying the nature of clouds and of luminosity.
Overall, the Prime Movers concert was full of emotional and raw performances, and each number was powerful and impactful in its own way. Concerts like these demonstrate the degree of talent at UNCG and provide students with a creative outlet to convey their own emotions and ideas. Proceeds from the event help the program fund a trip to the University Performance Showcase in New York City, where students will perform.