"Partita", a 2014 Bachelor of Fine Arts Graduating Presentation

Date of Defense


Date of Graduation




First Advisor

David Curwen

Second Advisor

Nina Nelson


“Partita,” a 2014 Bachelor of Fine Arts Graduating Presentation Until my graduating presentation, I have never fully immersed myself in a project and delved into all of the encompassing aspects of that project. Through the creative process, I transferred feelings involving my best friend’s strong dislike and disapproval of my boyfriend into movement – feelings of manipulation and jealousy, love and protection, suicidal thoughts and physical abuse. Each section of Partita depicts a certain memory or emotion, and it was not until over halfway through the rehearsal process that I created an order for the scenes.

At the beginning of the process, I was quite concerned and worried I was not prepared to choreograph a piece of which I am proud; however, my attitude continually improved as pieces came together, and I even experienced a pure choreographic groove one night as I created the physical abuse duet. Movement and ideas were flowing out of me at a rate faster than I could teach them, and it was the high point of my artistic process. Besides choreographing the movement for Partita that showcased my powerful and athletic aesthetic, I also edited the music and designed the costumes and lighting.

Regarding the production aspect of the project, I was the budget coordinator for the senior Bachelor of Fine Arts dance majors, and my responsibilities included opening a bank account to be used exclusively for the project, maintaining a budget, keeping track of donations, collecting DVD sale money, paying the photographer and poster/program cover designer, collecting receipts, and reimbursing all of the senior Bachelor of Fine Arts dance students for costumes and other expenses. As the budget coordinator, I was organized and responsible, and I performed my tasks in a timely and professional manner.

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