Outside the Garden,” a dance concert by William Smith senior Erin Law, will be performed at 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 1, in Winn-Seeley Gym Theater on the Hobart and William Smith Colleges campus. Admission is free. An open discussion with artists and audience will follow.
The concert consists of four pieces, each of which is derived from feminist writings. It opens with a solo, “Under These Conditions” which journeys through what it is to be a woman under the constant gaze of societal scrutiny. The solo is followed by “Oscillations,” a group piece investigating how gender roles are learned and subsequently embodied. “(M)Othered” is a duet which explores the arduous tensions as well as the beautiful experiences of intimacy between women. The concert closes with “Meiosis Oatmeal,” an idyllic look at the boundlessness and fluidity of many sexualities.
Erin Law, a William Smith senior from Maynard, Mass., choreographed and performs in the concert that explores gender, sexuality, and feminist theory through movement. The dancers in her program include seniors Nicole Alamo, from Bronx, N.Y., Kelly Doran, from Rochester, N.Y., Jenny Hamblett, from Gilmanton, N.H., Amanda Herman, from Federal Way, Wash., Monicka Koneski, from Liverpool, N.Y., Molly McAndrew, from Moss Beach, Calif., and Indrani Parker, from Sebastian, Fla. The concert is Law's senior honors project, and her advisor is Donna Davenport, associate professor of dance. Working closely with an Honors advisor for the equivalent of one course per semester for two semesters, students in the Honors program design a project that is a focused scholarly, experimental, or artistic activity within the Honors field. Honors work affords the student an opportunity for sustained, sophisticated work and for growth in self-understanding as the project develops.