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WACD Students perform at ACDFA

Both the students’ works received very positive feedback and wonderful reception. Kethya’s solo was amongst the twelve selected for the Gala Concert. And, hers was one of three works from the Gala Concert selected to go on to the National Festival! There are twelve regions in the U.S. from which selected works will be presented at the National Festival Concerts. The National Festival and Concerts will take place June 4-7, 2014, at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, in Washington D.C. This National Festival takes place only biennially, providing the venue for three gala performances presenting works from approximately 30 colleges and universities.

Adjudicator Wendy Perron wrote in the “Dance Magazine Blog” on her review of Neanderthal versus Cyborg: http://www.dancemagazine.com/blogs/wendy/5719 as well as other observations of the festival: There was a hilarious spoof of mythology in Neanderthal versus Cyborg from UCLA. As a hippie-like “Neanderthal,” Kevin Williamson drifted stage center while “Cyborg” dashed across the space, dropping a big cluster of cords at his feet. Wearing goggles, coveralls, and a silver cinch-belt, the divine Laurel Tentindo, a Trisha Brown alum who is finishing her grad degree, made a glam Cyborg. The piece escalated from there, with the roguish Cyborg plaguing the gentle Neanderthal with her madcap actions. (Unfortunately, the fact that it exceeded the 12-minute maximum by two seconds disqualified it from the gala. Yikes, ACDFA is strict!)”

 

Laurel and Kevin will continue to perform their duet in April – they have been invited to present their work at the Dance Space Project, held at St. Mark’s Church in NYC, April 12th, at 3pm. Kevin also has been invited to choreograph for UCLA music faculty/director Peter Kazaras in “Cendrillon” that will be produced for the Juilliard Opera Program on April 23, 25, and 27. If you are in NY, please do go see these performances! He has also been invited to present his MFA project, Lost Boys, at the 2014 Beijing Dance Festival this summer, along with teaching at the festival. Kethya will present her final MFA Concert, shared with MFA candidate Samantha Goodman: April 11, 8 p.m. in the Dance Theater of Glorya Kaufman Hall at UCLA.

Kethya Chey was a recipient of the SOAA Evelyn and Mo Ostin Performing Arts Award in 2013 along with receiving support from the Fulbright Fellowship and Asian Arts Council for her studies here at UCLA. Kevin Williamson was a recipient of the 2013 SOAA Elaine Krown Klein Fine Arts Award and Laurel Tentindo was just awarded the 2014 SOAA Elaine Krown Klein Fine Arts Award.

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