Student Dance Performance to Feature Calit2 Building

February 13, 2006 / By Anna Lynn Spitzer

Irvine, Calif., Feb. 13, 2006 -- UC Irvine’s Calit2 Building will feature prominently in a multi-media dance performance and video installation created by two UCI graduate students. The building’s architecture will be used to punctuate the themes of “Submerged Ascension,” when Deidre Cavazzi and Kara Miller jointly present their master’s thesis concert, 7 p.m. Feb. 22-23.

Not only will the performance take place in the building, it has been designed around the structure’s four-story atrium and flowing spaces, as well as its New Media Arts Lab. Choreographed by Cavazzi and Miller, the show will include both live and video dance works that explore site-specific choreography and dance for the camera.

One of the performance's dances uses
fabric suspended from the building's third
and fourth floors to illustrate themes
of ascension.

Cavazzi will utilize 12 undergraduate and graduate-student dancers to explore her ideas of ascension. Her dances will highlight the building’s soaring spaces, open architecture and use of light. Miller’s five dancers will interpret underwater images through the use of experimental video-projection techniques and originally designed multi-layered screens.

Cavazzi’s and Miller’s performance also will highlight the work of several other artists, including Bentley Cavazzi, Gregory Gallardo and Tracy Kirby, who have contributed photographs and paintings related to the Submerged Ascension theme. The artwork will remain on display in the Calit2 atrium during the week of the performances. Submerged Ascension will also feature a solo guitarist, Jon Kraus, who will perform during the event, and a post-performance reception. In addition, both choreographers will speak about their work and the process of creating a video installation and choreography to fit the building’s space.

The event is free and open to the public.

About Calit2: Calit2 is a two-campus multidisciplinary research institute. By integrating UCI and UCSD research expertise with industry insight, Calit2 seeks innovative information technology approaches that will benefit society and ignite economic development. The institute is conducting research in areas as diverse as the environment, transportation, emergency management, health care, global economics, education and entertainment.

Submerged Ascension
Miller's dancers demonstrate
submersion, as contrasted with Cavazzi's
theme of ascension.

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