Title

Tension

Presenter Information

Megan Zelenak

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Location

SURC Ballroom A

Start Date

16-5-2013

End Date

16-5-2013

Abstract

The dance “Tension” was derived from the idea of using a band to demonstrate the struggles and difficulty of navigating through life and the ensuing tension we endure. The band is representative of things that hold us back in life. The challenge the dancers face is to get free through a series of challenging maneuvers. This is captured by the changing shapes of the tensile band as the dancers do their best to make it through this geometrical maze, manipulating their bodies through space, under and over the symbolic band. This creates its own amount of tension for audience and dancers alike as they skillfully avoid being caught by this elastic barrier in split-second timing. There are moments when each dancer releases their hold on the band only to be drawn back in as the tension ensues. Ultimately the dancers gather the strength to release the band and escape the complexities of life that the band represents.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Therese Young

Additional Mentoring Department

Physical Education, School and Public Health

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Tension

SURC Ballroom A

The dance “Tension” was derived from the idea of using a band to demonstrate the struggles and difficulty of navigating through life and the ensuing tension we endure. The band is representative of things that hold us back in life. The challenge the dancers face is to get free through a series of challenging maneuvers. This is captured by the changing shapes of the tensile band as the dancers do their best to make it through this geometrical maze, manipulating their bodies through space, under and over the symbolic band. This creates its own amount of tension for audience and dancers alike as they skillfully avoid being caught by this elastic barrier in split-second timing. There are moments when each dancer releases their hold on the band only to be drawn back in as the tension ensues. Ultimately the dancers gather the strength to release the band and escape the complexities of life that the band represents.