Presented by: West Chester University of Pennsylvania, College of Arts and Humanities, Department of Theatre and Dance, University Dance Company

November 5, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.

The focus of the University Dance Company (UDC) is to promote dance as an art form at West Chester University and to provide students the opportunity to create and shape their expressive voice within this art form. UDC has two concerts every season. Due to COVID this year, our fall concert is exploring the realm of ScreenDance, a hybrid art form that focuses on the relationship between the moving body and the camera, elevated through the cinematic editing process. Associate professor and artistic director Liz Staruch taught a series of instructional workshops at the start of this Fall semester to support and encourage students to present their ideas in this medium. Community outreach and service is a component of membership to this organization as it currently is for all professional arts organizations. UDC also offers students the opportunities to attend, present and perform at various annual conferences, including the American College Dance Association, to add to their dance and movement education.

Your continued support of WCU Theatre and Dance through your attendance here tonight is greatly appreciated. If you would like to make a donation to support future productions, please call 610-436-2266 M-F 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. or email TheatreDance@wcupa.edu. We look forward to sharing with you our next endeavors in dance at WCU.

University Dance Company student officers:

President: Rachael Murphy
Vice President: Elizabeth Powell
Treasurer: Christina McLaughlin
Secretary: Genevieve Jacoby
Historian/Social Media: Claudia Adams
Social/Service: Kelsey Kushnir

Production Staff

Artistic Director: Liz Staruch
Stage Manager: Sab Sinsel
Production Management: Martin Dallago
Zoom and Production Assistance: Seth Birch
Publicity: Liz Staruch, Jeremiah Glass

  • The Only One
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Choreographer: Rachael Murphy
Performers: Kayla Murphy, Rachael Murphy
Videographer: Jessica Bove
Video Editor: Rachael Murphy
Music: Honeybee, The Head and the Heart

  • 2020
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Choreographer: Emma Billingsley with her dancers
Performers: Julia Barbier, Lindsay Boland, Ashley Brown, Sammy Demattei, Megan DiPietro, Lauren Durante, Julianna Fiore, Mary Lynch, Cayla McDowell, Karli Sartor
Video Editors: Emma Billingsley with assistance from Lindsay Boland
Sound Designers: Emma Billingsley and Thomas Haughey
Music: Original spoken word by the dancers 

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Choreographer + Performer: Claudia Adams
Video Editor: Claudia Adams
Music: “Lost Without You” by Freya Ridings

  • Transformative NaturE
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Choreographer: Myah Sarwar
Performers: Brianna Breschard , Madi Hiller, Ashley Hillis, Genevieve Jacoby, Julia Lyons, Christina McLaughlin, Holly McMenamin, Madison Moore, Rachael Murphy, Elizabeth Powell, Karli Sartor, Myah Sarwar
Video Editor: Paige Stone
Costume Support: Illycia Buffaloe
Makeup Support: Erica Barnes
Music: “are you even real?” by James Blake 

  • Prosperity
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Choreographer + Performer: Genevieve Jacoby
Videographer/ Video Editor: Elizabeth Powell
Music: “Body” by Jordan Suaste 

  • Heliotropic
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Choreographer: Ashley Hillis
Performers: Claudia Adams, Julia Lyons, Holly McMenamin, Rachael Murphy
Videographer/ Video Editor: Ashley Hillis
Music: “Won't Let You” by MorMor
Heliotropic (adjective): turning or growing toward the light

  • a painting of clarity
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Choreographer + Performer: Tommy Gryga
Video/Sound Editor: Tommy Gryga
Videographers: Emmy Gryga, Kareena Kumar
Music: “Ethereal” by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim

  • Reflections
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Choreographer: Kelly Donnelly
Performers: Brianna Breschard, Erica Barnes, Erica Byram, Megan DiPietro, Kelly Donnelly, Lauren Durante, Madison Hiller, Nicole Jenny, Mary Lynch, Holly McMenamin, Jadyn Smith, Isabella Stuccio
Video/Sound Editor: Kelly Donnelly
Hair and Makeup Design: Erica Barnes
Music: “Sorry for the Pain and the Hurting” by Fluers Douces (instrumental), “Too Rough Around the Edges” by Snake City (instrumental)

  • My Future
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Choreographer + Peformer: Brianna Breschard
Video Editor: Brianna Breschard
Videographer: Jason Breschard
Music: “My Future” by Billie Eilish

  • Serenity
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Choreographers + Performers: Genevieve Jacoby, Kelsey Kushnir, Christina McLaughlin, Rachael Murphy, Elizabeth Powell
Videographer/ Video Editor: Elizabeth Powell
Music: “Fear of the Water” by SYML



Department of Theatre and Dance Faculty and Staff

Chair Harvey Rovine, John Bellomo, Constance Case, Martin Dallago, Charles DelMarcelle, Rebecca Field, Thomas Haughey, Leonard Kelly, McKenna Kerrigan, Jesse Padgett, Thomas Reing, Liz Staruch, Gretchen Studlien-Webb, Maria Urrutia, Juliet Wunsch. Staff: Carolyn Chalmers, Jennifer Frank


Up Next: She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms by Qui Nguyen – November 12, 2020 at 7:30pm

She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms by Qui Nguyen is a comedic romp into the world of fantasy role-playing games that tells the story of Agnes Evans as she leaves her childhood home in Ohio following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly. When Agnes finds Tilly’s Dungeons and Dragons notebook, however, she stumbles into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was Tilly’s refuge. This production will work collaboratively with Philadelphia’s Die-Cast, a company dedicated to creating immersive work that is tailored to specific non-traditional venues.

Donations are encouraged.