Embracing its roots in creativity, collaboration and community, the Ursinus College Dance Company has taken a different approach to their spring dance concert, which was scheduled to premiere April 23. Under the leadership of Bailey Anderson, visiting professor of dance, production work on UCDC’s spring dance concert has never stopped during the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, we are all invited to enjoy their concert in the comfort of our own homes.
To many, this would be an overwhelming task, but this process overlaps with Anderson’s research interests in accessibility, embodiment and dance. Anderson says, “I think it’s an interesting time to start to imagine new ways to present art and imagine future ways of presenting dance. What could dance be? Who could that benefit? What kinds of movements are created in this new world? Who gets to witness dance now because we’re producing UCDC on a digital platform?”
Anderson notes that there were many reasons to continue producing UCDC including its goal to educate students in dance production. UCDC’s webpage will invite guests to engage with three dances through a combination of video, audio and written content crafted by students, choreographers and professional designers.
Moving UCDC’s Spring Dance Concert to a digital platform opens up a world of possibilities and positivity during an uncertain time. Anderson emphasizes, “It is ethical practice to continue supporting people who are often at the edges of academic institutions. Adjuncts, guest artists and community members are integral to our department and departments across the world.”
In addition to supporting the dance community, UCDC’s webpage will encourage visitors to donate to the college’s Bear2Bear Student Emergency Fund, which offers financial support to Ursinus students in need.
UCDC’S Spring Dance concert is expected to launch by April 30 to coincide with CoSA week. Please check the college’s events calendar for updates on UCDC and other virtual events. –By Jordan Scharaga ’17