Saturday – February 16th, 2019
11:00 a.m. @ Studio


Choreographers: Kaelin Walker, Melanie Elliot, Damian A. Padilla, and Jennifer Morales
Performers: Margo Amezcua, Jessica Cardoso, Cierra Chenault, Alejandra Delfin, Melanie Elliot, Sarah Fuentes, Daniel Alejandro Molina Garcia, Jennifer Morales, Yazmin Norris, Bailee Rodriguez, Lizbeth Sanchez-Mendez, Veronica Santibanez, Marayah Vigo, Kaelin Walker, Marcela Zacarias
Music: Immigrants (We Get the Job Done) performed by K’NAAN, Snow Tha Product, Riz MC, Residente

Artist’s Statement: This piece portrays immigrants as everyday people: students, professionals, and those who may be struggling to find the American Dream–not as rapists, drug dealers, and criminals, as some would have you believe. Many of the dancers are students here at The University of Texas at El Paso. UTEP is a predominantly Hispanic institution and is proud to teach students from many different countries, some traveling from Mexico to the U.S. everyday just to attend class, and some who are DACA recipients and DREAMERS. This piece is for them.

“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
-Emma Lazarus

Kaelin Walker is a junior at UTEP majoring in dance and women’s and gender studies. She was born in China and immigrated to the U.S. by adoption. She hopes to use her privileges by giving a pedestal to current issues that matter to her.

Melanie Elliott is a third year dance major at UTEP. After college, she plans to audition to dance professionally and teach. She is an instructor at multiple dance studios and works for a dance company based in Dallas in the summers. She is grateful for the UTEP Dance Department and all of the opportunities she has been given.

Recently transferred from UTEP, Damian A. Padilla is a Junior at Texas State University. Being an El Paso native with descendants from Mexico, the discussion of immigration really hits home. He looks forward to bringing back what he will learn at Texas State, and give back to the community.

Jennifer Morales is an American who has lived most of her life in Mexico. Living in El Paso she noticed how great is to be US citizen yet how hard it is for the people that are not citizens. She would do anything to change how immigrants are being treated.

Nature of the Cut

Choreographer: Sally Wallace
Performers: Jeff Wallace
Music: Heroes by David Bowie, cover version by Amanda Palmer, sound design by Eo’in Murphy

Artist’s Statement: “The nature of the cut” is a woodworking term used to describe the way a particular tool (a chisel, a plane, sandpaper) alters wood. This piece depicts life messages, meaningful experiences and practical skills passed through the generations, and the aesthetic nature of work.

Sally Wallace is a professor of Dance and Division of Dance Chair at Purdue University. She creates work inspired by vastly different movement styles and structures, but underlying this is the intent to create poetry in movement. One practice of Wallace is to find the expressive and communicative power possible in simple and even mundane acts. Wallace is often interested in blending the imagery found in nature with symbols of human experience, desiring to create an experience similar to that described as “intimate immensity” by Gaston Bachelard in the Poetics of Space (1958) – the intent is to create a state of contemplation that ”transports the [viewer] outside the immediate world to a world that bears the mark of infinity”. Wallace has showcased work internationally in Mexico, Greece, Guatemala, Finland, Germany and Japan. Wallace has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and Indiana Arts Commission.

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