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Dance Thesis Productions Spring 2019

*WEATHER UPDATE* The college is open today, Saturday, February 9, 2019. Please use extreme caution when traveling to, from, and on campus for any events. The Dance Thesis concert will proceed as planned tonight at 7 p.m. 

The Reed College Dance Department is proud to present the Spring 2019 Dance Thesis Productions, including works by three senior thesis candidates, Charles Bales, Erin Lauderdale, and Morgan Meister. The Spring 2019 Dance Thesis Productions will be held in Greenwood Theatre on Thursday, February 7th; Friday, February 8th; and Saturday, February 9th at 7:00pm. Get your tickets here.

Opening the program, Morgan Meister’s thesis performance This is just a small glimpse into the innerworkings of it all focuses on the way that ritual upholds histories and tradition. Using techniques of Authentic Movement, improvisation and collaboration, Meister’s work focuses on quotidian ritual—the everyday rituals that uphold the self like brushing one’s teeth, walking down the street and getting dressed—through the lens of the dancers and the choreographer.

We could be that, Charles Bales’ thesis work, is an expression of the role of identity in defining individual presentation. Dancers shape the movement to their bodies, performing the contemporary choreography to their own ideals. Tension and conflict take the stage alongside determination and longing, set to a live performance of Frédéric Chopin’s Polonaises No. 2 and 7.

The program will be concluded with presents: We’ve Got It Goin’ On Pacific Northwest Tour 1997, a performance of embodied research to support Erin Lauderdale’s thesis research into the history and cultural significance of drag king boy bands. is Portland’s newest boy band, featuring Miles Weston, Donnie Dicko, Jim Nasium, and Mitya Valentine. These boys will bring back everyone’s 90’s favorites and steal your hearts while they’re at it. Strobe lights will be used during the performance. To learn more about the band, please visit

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Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 7:00pm

Greenwood, Theatre
3203 Southeast Woodstock Boulevard, Portland, Oregon 97202-8199

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