“Colaboratoria” Showcases Performances by CSUN Choreographers

Illustration provided by Paula Thomson.

Illustration provided by Paula Thomson.

Dance by nature is collaborative — between dancers and choreographers, music and movement and performers and the audience.

California State University, Northridge’s kinesiology department will be sponsoring “Colaboratoria: Graduate Student and Faculty Dance Concert” at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 18, and 2 and 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 19, in the Plaza Del Sol Performance Hall located on the East side of campus at 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge.

The concert will feature 10 pieces, ranging from swing to hip-hop and jazz. One performance will include collaboration with the Seoul Institute of the Arts, CSUN’s Department of Theatre and the CSUN dance program, which will provide an aesthetic interpretation of those who are survivors of suicide.

“[Suicide] is the number two cause of death for people ages 15 to 35 in the United States, and it is the number one cause of death in South Korea,” Paula Thomson, CSUN kinesiology and dance professor, said. “We hope we can create a consciousness about the issue.”

Thomson said she is looking forward to having the students and choreographers, such as guest choreographer Lawrence Jackson from the University of Alabama, showcase their art form at the concert.

“We have great dancers and choreographers at CSUN, and that’s the fundamental reason for the concert,” she said. “Because they are graduate students and faculty members, these dancers and choreographers have a mature and sophisticated creative vision. There is a lot of variety as well, from the lighthearted to the more serious.”

Tickets are $20 for general admission $15 for students and senior citizens. To reserve a seat at the concert, call (818) 677 – 2488. For more information regarding “Colaboratoria,” contact Paula Thomson at (818) 677 – 7575 or email paula.thomson@csun.edu. 

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