MFA Dance Showcase

Presented by: The Department of Theatre and Dance

November 19-20, 2021
7:30 p.m.

UB Katharine Cornell Theatre

$5
(plus $1 venue fee)

Special Thanks to our 2021-2022 Season Sponsors:

Fox Run at Orchard Park and Lake Shore Savings Bank

students performing on stage surrounded by flower petals.

The MFA Fall Showcase offers a peek into the creative process of dancemaking, featuring works in various stages of completion from current MFA Dance students. The Showcase offers a space for choreographers to experiment and innovate movement-based performance. These works are often generated collaboratively with other artists and the Showcase offers a space for choreographers to experiment and innovate movement-based performance. The concert is under the direction of MFA Dance candidate Meg Kirchhoff, with faculty supervision by Clinical Professor Jeanne Fornarola. 

The fall showcase features work by choreographer Natasha McCandless which explores text and themes from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and includes ideas surrounding the theme of community, sacrifice, and conflict. Samantha Schmeer will present a solo work that combines movement with nature and macabre elements to explore ideas of permanence. Other choreographers include Anna Caison Boyd, Jacqueline Cherry, Abby Cass, and Meg Kirchhoff.

UB’s dance program is built on the belief that dance is a fundamental expression of humanity with the ability to inform, transform, reflect upon, and lead local and global change in the 21st century. With close faculty mentorship and numerous opportunities to create and present work, MFA Dance students engage in advanced practical, theoretical, and critical inquiry while honing their abilities as artists, dance makers, educators, writers, innovators, scholars, policy makers, and leaders.