Seasonal Event

“Nothing Goes Away,” An MFA Project
Arena Theatre

The Department of Theatre and Dance presents “Nothing Goes Away,” an MFA project, created by graduate student, Rosemary Hannon.  

The work will be performed April 7-10 at 7 p.m. in the Arena Theatre, Wright Hall. Admission is by donation, suggested $5. 

Join Rosemary and collaborators for tea, conversation and an improvisational investigation of the emptiness of form. This performance work invites attendees to watch the movement of attention and reflect on acts of meaning making. Can a performance meditating on the emptiness of form offer a pathway to an experience of compassion? In dealing with embodiment and loss, de-centering the human and embracing gaps of not knowing hold the potential to open up in-between moments with unknown capacities. During a reflection about my use of the word nothing in this project, Jon Rossini, professor of theatre and dance, helped me to put it succinctly, “Nothing creates a useful gap in the conventional momentum of habit.”

Rosemary Hannon is a second-year MFA student collaborating with others on interdisciplinary practices in improvisational performance, and researching group improvisation experiences with GILLabS. Her interest in collaborative performance is informed by research and practices related to contact improvisation and Buddhism. She has been a San Francisco Bay Area-based dance and performance artist for 20 years. Her most recent performance project, in collaboration with Miriam Wolodarski, “Domestic Interrogations,” is a perennially-in-progress investigation into inherited aesthetics and their implications. She is currently considering the potential of embodied aliveness as a disruptive revelation of uncertainty.

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