Haviland helps choreograph Baldwin Wallace dance show
BEREA, OHIO — Ashley Haviland of Grasonville was among a talented group of student choreographers, composers and dancers who produced Baldwin Wallace University’s “fyoo zh en ‘16: new music + dance” this spring. The annual fyoo zh en dance concert pairs choreographers from BW’s Dance Program assisted by dance professor Sara Whale with compos- ers from the Conservatory of Music assisted by composer-in-residence Clint Needham. Together they create new works inspired by an academic research project. Haviland, a graduate of Kent Island High School majoring in early childhood education, was a choreographer for the production.
The choreographers and composers participating in fyoo zh en ‘16 teamed up with Dr. Barbara Palmer from BW’s Department of Political Science to cre- ate “Hair, Hemlines & Husbands: Women in US Politics.” The show’s title comes from the media’s tendency, when covering women in politics, to focus on the three H’s: hair, hemlines and husbands.
Each of the six choreographers chose a prominent female politician from Palmer’s book, “Women and Congressional Elections: A Century of Change.” The resulting dance works sought to illustrate a small slice of each woman’s life or career.