Transformations Dance Festival 2021

Program Order

REcapture- DanceArtTheater

Choreographer: Meredith Barnes and dancers

Dancers: Kari Argabright, Emily Amey, Eryn Barnes, Kristen Bolger, Rae Grey, Megan Ellard, Debora Greer, Alex Miegel, Alysea Colon

Music: Oslo by Hakon Kornstad, Ville morose by Nadine Shah, and Life Stroy by Olafur Arnalds and Nils Frahm

Costumes: Meredith Barnes

Memories can haunt us, bring us joy, pain, and encouragement: but are they reliable? This dance was choreographed exploring the experiences and emotions that impact the validity of our own memory and life‘s events. 

Tell-Tale Heart- Ballet Embody

Choreography: Emily Runkle

Dancers:Melissa Lineburg Rebecca Dunphy, Emily Jarrett, Amanda Willingham

Music:Edvard Grieg

“...The old man’s hour had come! With a loud yell, I threw open the lantern and leaped into the room. He shrieked once — once only. In an instant I dragged him to the floor, and pulled the heavy bed over him. I then smiled gaily, to find the deed so far done. But, for many minutes, the heart beat on with a muffled sound. This, however, did not vex me; it would not be heard through the wall. At length it ceased. The old man was dead. I removed the bed and examined the corpse. Yes, he was stone, stone dead. I placed my hand upon the heart and held it there many minutes. There was no pulsation. He was stone dead. His eye would trouble me no more…”

Edgar Allan Poe, Tell Tale Heart

Your Loss

Choreography: Michelle Murgia

Dancer: Haylee Alverson

Music: Hubris by Sevdaliza

Trust your instincts, even when they are only a whisper.

The Hollow

Choreography: Lucia Gagliardone

Dancers: Lucia Gagliardone, Raeanna Grey, Chloe Conway

Music: Movements 1 by Mika Vainio, Ryoji Ikeda, Alva Noto; Movements 7 by Mika Vainio, Ryoji Ikeda, Alva Noto; Versus by Olafur Arnalds and Alice Sara Ott

Costumes: Chloe Conway

Fall En Angels- Helping Hearts Dance

Choreography: Adolfo Matto Traverso

Dancers: Kathy Bova, Patricia Hall, Grace Lalonde, Claudia Maloney, Peg Schaefer, Sue Skaddan, Adolfo Matto Traverso

Music:Flugufrelsarinn-Kronos Quartet; Flower Duet-Delibes' Lakme; A Ultima Sessao-Vitor Araujo


In response to the challenges posed by the pandemic, Helping Hearts Dance embraced our connection to one another, continuing to create and dance together. This connection kept us calm, focused, and hopeful. Our piece evokes gossamer threads of Creation, Time, Giving, Gratitude, and Protection that are interwoven as the dancers move through space. We are grateful to be able to share our journey with you.


supress the wanted-3c Dance Collective

Choreography: Chloe Conway in collaboration with the dancers

Dancers:Ashayla Byrd, Dalton Robinson-Payne, Julianna Raimondo, Kristen Bolger, Raeanna Grey

Music: and she was by Carlos Cipa

Liquid Lunch-Firehouse

Choreography: Erin McKinney

Dancers:Mary Shelton, Blair Coward, Elissa Robinson, Alex Miegel, Erin McKinney

Music: Liquid Lunch by Caro Emerald

busy mind

Choreography:Raeanna “Rae” Grey and Chloe Conway

Dancers: Rae Grey and Chloe Conway

Music: Crazy (Noze remix) by Ornette

"to break apart, then build again"

Choreography: Maggie Waller

Dancer: Maggie Waller

Music: Original Spoken Word by Maggie Waller; “Hassan’s Mimuna” by Balkan Beat Box

Costumes: Maggie Waller

“If I am not for myself, who will be for me? But if I am only for myself, who am I? If not now, when?” (Hillel the Elder; Ethics of the Fathers, 1:14)

Boundless Echo- Greensboro Ballet

Choreography:Michela Semenza

Dancers:Genevieve Basu, Elisa Arauz, Jayla Winborne

Music: Tom Pieciak

My new work titled “Boundless Echo”, a brand-new composition by my friend Tom Pieciak, Butler University Alumni is about the reverberation of sound. The collection of sounds that can create a continuing effect on the body and the mind. An echo that lingers and leads you into the next collection of thoughts. Sinking and dropping your body into the ground, feeling voices in a room and the sounds around you, bringing the body to a calming place. A place of adventure, change and opportunity. A white room with never ending spaces and ideas. The music has texture, tone and the multitude of sounds that build gradually throughout the piece. Lending itself to more wonder and possibility.

Lost- DanceArtTheater

Choreographer: Meredith Barnes and dancers

Dancers: Kari Argabright, Emily Amey, Eryn Barnes, Kristen Bolger, Rae Grey, Megan Ellard, Debora Greer, Alex Miegel, Alysea Colon

Music: Drifting Circles by Anne Muller and Our Lord Duebussy byAdam Bryanbam Witlzie, and Dustin O’Halloran

Costumes: Meredith Barnes

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