Commencement Dance


1.) Mirrored Heart by Eve Lukens-Day ’21
2.) Field in November choreography by Rachel Hemmer
3.) Tree vibrations choreography by lisa nevada
4.) Picnic choreography by Wendy Rein ’99 and Ryan Smith ’02
5.) Lessons choreography by Marley Carroll ‘21
6.) The Shim Shim by What’s on Tap
7.) The Lovecats choreography by Lauren Hale Biniaris ’02
8.) when words aren’t enough by Lily Edgerton ’21
9.) Realms choreography by Erika Pujič
10.) Parsons Collage

This concert is a tribute to the inventiveness and resilience of dancers. Dancers always find the upside of challenge and the year-long period of Covid-19, when people were suddenly wrenched from intimate social contact was no different.

Dancers — the artists who depend the most on intimate and interactive contact — created a new artform – Zoom Box Theatre – grabbing onto the latest technology to stay connected to each other and their audiences. Over the course of the year, Zoom Box Theatre evolved into another way of making dance.

We can only imagine how the future will view this period when a pandemic engulfed the world, but they will be able to look back at recordings of this concert, place it in historical context, and marvel at what dancers did.

These dances were originally presented during the Festival of Dance in March 2021

Mirrored Heart

Attitude Dance Company

Choreographer: Eve Lukens-Day, ’21

Music: “Mirrored Heart” by FKA twigs

Cast: Gabriela Asuncion ’21, Eve Lukens-Day ’21, Emily Nguyen ’21, Molly Pearson ’21

Field in November

Choreographer, videographer, editor, and performer: Rachel Hemmer ‘23 (bio)

Original Score: Tom Farrell

Note: This film was produced as part of a Screen Dance Workshop led by Sarah Friedland ‘14.

Tree vibrations

Choreographer and director: lisa nevada (bio) with movement and sound contributions by the cast

Music: soundscape of field recordings and “Whispered Mantra” by S. LaRue by lisa nevada

Performers: Marley Carroll ’21, Abby Cohen ’24, Bridget Cronin, Morgan DeLancy ’22, Nadia Hannan ’14,
Simity Jalloh ’21, Hayley Kenney, Dina Melley, Abby Perelman ’22, Erika Pujič

Note: Tree vibrations was created through movement scores, improvisations of sounding and moving, and by embodying the spirit and soul of the more-than-human, specifically Trees.  this work calls on traditional wisdom and teachings of how to steward and care for the Land.

Choreographers note on ways to experience this work: as we are not able to gather in physical space together, i encourage audiences to utilize their best options for deep listening, whether through external speakers, earbuds, or headphones.

Picnic (2020)

Direction, Choreography, & Performance: Wendy Rein ’99 (bio), Ryan T. Smith ’02 (bio)

Name of Performing Entity: RAWdance (about)

Editing: Ryan T. Smith

Music: The Underscore Orkestra


Choreographer and director: Marley Carroll ’21 (bio)

Video editor: Simity Jalloh ’21

Music: “Lessons” by SOHN, with edits by Tom Farrell

Sound engineer: Morgan DeLancy ’22

Performers: Marley Carroll ’21, Morgan DeLancy ’22, Abby Perelman ’22

Note: This film was produced as part of a Screen Dance Workshop led by Sarah Friedland ‘14.

The Shim Shim

What’s on Tap

Choreographer: No known choreographer, but additions choreographed by various What’s on Tap alumni

Cast: Brown students should have their class years: Miriam Arden ’23, Marley Caroll ’21, Carlyn Chrabaszcz ’21, Katie Dudley ’24, Momoka Kobayashi ’23, Sam Mickel MD ’22, Kiara Moon ’24, Blanca Payne ’24, Abby Perelman ’22, Addie Schwartz ’22, Zoe Zimmermann ’22

The Lovecats

Choreographer, video editor, and costumes: Lauren Hale Biniaris ’02 (bio)

Music: “The Lovecats” by The Cure

Performers: Rachel Balaban ’80, Bridget Cronin, Anna Colaiace, Joyce Colaiace, Dorothy Derick, Barbara Guillette,
Dana Korogodsky ’21, Dina Melley, Grace Morena ’21, Abby Perelman ’22, Ty Scott ’22, Orly Sela, Heidi Sperounis,  Clare Vadeboncoeur

With special guests: Dan Burns, Max the cat, Buttons the cat, Io the cat, and Bean the cat

For Emma, the original lovecat

when words aren’t enough

Choreographer: Lily Edgerton ‘21

Music: “On Then and Now” by Woodkid; “There Will Be Days Like These” by Miles Carter

Cast: Lily Edgerton ‘21

Program Note: In a world filled with communication, there are times in life when words do not cut it. In these moments, dance has always been an outlet to work through emotions that are difficult to talk about or that I don’t even know how to verbally express. In my time at Brown, I have seen this same concept at work, existing as a way to bring any and all people together while using dance as a universal language. In this piece, I explored this idea in a dance focusing on movement communication. I worked with the ways in which changing the intention behind a movement can get different messages across without using coherent words at all, as well as attempting to translate a piece of spoken word into only movement. While this project is still a work in progress, my ultimate goal is to find a way to communicate how much Brown has meant to me when words simply aren’t enough.


Dance Extension and Dancing Legacy Ensemble

Choreographer: Erika Pujič (bio)

Original Music: Carl Landa

Dancers: Ana Lopes Arechiga, Liza Basso ’18, Abby Cohen ’24, Dutch deCarvalho, Morgan DeLancy ’22, Nadia Hannan ’14, Rachel Hemmer ’23, Dana Korogodsky ’21, Grace Moreno ’21, lisa nevada, Fiona Oba, Heidi Sperounis

Parsons Collage 

Concept designers and directors: Laura Bennett ‘92, Sarah Friedland ‘14, and Hayley Kenney

Choreographer: David Parsons

Music: Tony Powell

Video editor: Sarah Friedland ‘14

Performers: Rachel Balaban ‘80, Laura Bayley ‘10, Lauren Hale Biniaris ‘02, Hannah Blitzblau ‘99, Cristina Fortenbaugh Carlson ‘87, Marley Carroll ‘21, Bridget Cronin, Vaughn Edelson ‘07, Jodi Falk ‘86, Deborah Friedes Galii ‘03, Becka Vargus Katz ‘94, Caroline Kleeman ‘10, Alex Jenny Ky ‘89, Aleta Margolis ‘89, Christina Metaxa ‘15, Erika Pujič, Wendy Rein ‘99, Hollond Schiller, Ryan Smith ‘02, Leslie C. Tregillus, ’77, P’13, Nathan Weinberger ‘13, Francesca Zetar ’12, Central Falls High School students, DAPpers

Note: Parsons Etude by David Parsons, part of Dancing Legacy’s Repertory Etudes Collection conceived and curated by Carolyn Adams and Julie Adams Strandberg, has been danced by scores of dancers over the years. Parsons Collage features dancers revisiting David Parsons’ choreography or learning it anew. The performers represent a time span of 65 years and thousands of miles…from Tel Aviv to Miami to Cyprus to upstate New York. It’s a testament to “once a dancer, always a dancer.” Dancing is embodied storytelling. It reaches through time to pass dances from one generation to the next in an endless chain of reimagination.