Hav­i­land helps chore­o­graph Bald­win Wal­lace dance show

Record Observer - - Arts & Entertainment -

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.

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