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Running To and Toward: A Dance Film by Hope Boykin

When/WhereThursday, Dec 10, 2020 7:00pmVirtual Event

A Dance Film (World Premiere) by Hope Boykin and the Mason School of Dance

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“There are no limits to how we can make, build, and bring dance to the lovers of our art form; the lock is broken, and the lid thrown away.” -Hope Boykin

Through the efforts of HopeBoykinDance, Boykin is a creator, mover, educator and motivator. A highly celebrated performer who recently completed her 20th and final year as a company member of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, she is the Artistic Lead for the Kennedy Center Dance Lab, and is a highly in demand choreographer. During the pandemic, Boykin has been investigating how the arts community is being redefined, and in a conversation with School of Dance Director Karen Reedy, the concept of this new project was born.

Boykin added, “This work has an underlying theme of running. Running to and toward a ‘better than yesterday’ mentality… our desire to grow no matter the circumstances.”

During the Fall 2020 semester, Hope has worked with Mason’s 38 junior and senior dance majors in the creation of this new work. This guest artist residency has employed “Window Wall” projection technology, bringing Hope virtually into the Mason School of Dance studios, creating movement for her in-person and virtual cast members. The choreography generated was then filmed by the dancers and directed and edited by Boykin. This work will be premiered as a dance film and eventually may be staged for the traditional theater.

Following the film premiere, Boykin will be joined by School of Dance Director Karen Reedy and Rehearsal Director Robert Kleinendorst for a LIVE conversation hosted on Zoom webinar. Participants will have a chance to ask questions to Boykin in real time. Registration for the conversation is required.

Registration for the film premiere is not required, but if you RSVP HERE you will be sent a reminder with details for how to watch prior to the event with access information for the Zoom webinar conversation with Hope Boykin.

FREE

The performance will be streamed simultaneously on this webpage, Facebook and YouTube at the scheduled time.