Performance: quaran(teen)

Tuesday, April 27 @ 6:00 pm CST 
Thursday, April 29 @ 5:00 pm CST

Choreographer: Amanda Sowerby
Performer: Sydney Sowerby
Music: Lucky by Aurora

Artist’s Statement: quaran(teen) was created in the summer of 2020 during the pandemic lockdown. My goal was to capture the isolation experienced by my teenage daughter while at the same time express the gratitude we had for living in a natural environment during our quarantine. The stillness woven throughout the piece reflects the sense of time slowing down as stay-at-home orders were initiated. Our backyard became an escape, a sanctuary, for my daughter who was accustomed to the busy schedule of high school classes and activities, martial arts lessons, and hanging out with friends. There was an acknowledgment, a realization, that the feelings of isolation she experienced as a teenager during the pandemic could be softened by connecting with nature. My daughter would take time to lay in the grass, commune with the trees, feel the breeze on her face and stare at the sky. When the body is intentional about listening and being still in nature, with nature, it is healing. And we are grateful.

Amanda Sowerby serves as the Associate Dean of Weber State University’s Lindquist College of Arts & Humanities and is a Professor of Dance. She performed in the Bay Area with the Gary Palmer Dance Co., Todd Courage, and Enrico Labayen. Amanda was co-founder and President of Paradigm Dance Project; a Salt Lake City-based umbrella organization providing outreach and performance opportunities to Northern Utah communities. Amanda has served on the Utah Dance Education Organization board as President and as the Higher Education Representative.

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