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​LAUGH TRACK [EXCERPT]

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Excerpt of a larger work-in-progress interrogating the representationor lack thereofof queer women in popular media. While the full project is designed to be a multimedia work situated at the intersection of film and live performance, this excerpt focuses on an exploration of lived experience and queer embodiment through the medium of dance.

Choreography & Performance: Cas Burns

Music: "I Kissed a Girl" by Katy Perry

Premiere: Leap Day Dances & Poetry, February 2020 (Rochester, NY) [shown as work in progress]

​GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN

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Duet investigating exaggerated tropes in female friendship as it is portrayed in popular media, made in collaboration with Maddie Kurtz.

 

Choreography: Cas Burns, Maddie Kurtz

Performance: Cas Burns, Sophie Nash

Music: "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun - Cindy Lauper (Karaoke)" by Karaoke Hits - Background Tracks for Singers

Text: Christina Aguilera, Cher, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Kendall K, Cyndi Lauper, Mack Z, Madonna, Hannah Montana, Rihanna, Britney Spears, Spice Girls; compiled by Maddie Kurtz; performed by Emilia Bunich

Premiere: Dances at MuCCC, June 2019 (Rochester, NY)

FULL SCREEN

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Trio negotiating the inconsistency between the capabilities of bodies and the capabilities of technology.

Choreography: Cas Burns, in collaboration with dancers

Performance: Emma Cohen, Claire Fisher, Rebecca Oberstadt

Music: "Ababbabababba," "Fell Asleep in the Thumb-Cinema," "Bypassed Climax," "Dub-Retort," and "Trolling Beatz” by deef

Premiere: WAXworks, June 2019 (New York, NY) [shown as work in progress]

ZEROS AND ONES

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Solo exploring the uncomfortable middle ground between female and male, between conformity and “other,” ultimately questioning why not fitting neatly into the binary needs to be uncomfortable at all.

Choreography & Performance: Cas Burns

Music: "The Benthic Slut Has the Face of a Tadpole" by Camilla Ha

Text: Rhea Butcher

Premiere: Women's Work, May 2019 (Detroit, MI)

A SOLO MACHINE

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Ten-dancer group piece looking at the integration of video technology into live performance and the questions of dancer agency that arise as a result. This project was partially funded by The College at Brockport’s Distinguished Professor Award for Graduate Research grant.

 

Choreography: Cas Burns, in collaboration with dancers
Performance: Katie Brauer, Emilia Bunich, Haley Burns, Emily Conn, Claire Fisher, Jenna Kelly, Mia Martelli, Lucy Mundschau, Sophie Nash, Rebecca Oberstadt
Music: "Keep an Eye Out..." by Michael Wall/soundFORMovement

 

Premiere: A Solo Machine, February 2018 (Rochester, NY)

Additional Performances: Morning Dances, October 2017 (Rochester, NY) [five-minute excerpt shown as work-in-progress]; Scholars Day, April 2018 (Brockport, NY) [20-minute excerpt]

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CCTV

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Solo investigating the feelings of vulnerability that accompany having one’s private life on display as the dancer is confronted with video surveillance footage of herself displayed on an old CRT TV. This dance was first created for Tiny and Short: A Drop in the Bucket at The Dance Complex, Cambridge, MA.

Choreography: Cas Burns, in collaboration with dancer

Performance: Briana Giordano
Music: "Nearly There (Metal Machine Music Remix)" by Lee Rosevere

Premiere: Tiny & Short: A Drop in the Bucket, October 2017 (Cambridge, MA)
Additional Performances: Tiny Dances, October 2017 (Brockport, NY); DANCE/Hartwell, December 2017 (Brockport, NY)

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[REWIND] [PLAY] [PAUSE] [FAST FORWARD]

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Low-tech trio inspired by the unique choreographic possibilities enabled by video editing and how those seemingly-impossible manipulations can be translated to the physical body.

Choreography: Cas Burns, in collaboration with dancers

Performance: Bailey Kernan, Anna Muchard, Lucy Mundschau
Music: "TRNSMSSN No. 1 (mhzsent's beatnoisewall mix)" by T.R.I.v.M.

Premiere: New Dancers Showcase, November 2017 (Brockport, NY)

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#00FF00

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Solo in which projected video is considered as lighting design, attempting to highlight rather than compete with the dancer.

Choreography: Cas Burns, in collaboration with dancer

Performance: Haley Burns

Music: "peaceful melting on shrooms" by deef

Premiere: DANCE/Hartwell, March 2017 (Brockport, NY)
Additional Performance: Dance Awareness Days Guest Artist Showing, February 2017 (Brockport, NY) [shown as work in progress]

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AUGMENTAL BREAKDOWN

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Quintet exploring the unique choreographic possibilities inherent within video editing as they relate to live dancers via projection.

Choreography: Cas Burns, in collaboration with dancers

Performance: Katie Brauer, Claire Fisher, Jenna Harrington, Chloe London, Rebecca Oberstadt

Music: “nostalgia of an ex-gangsta-rapper” by deef

Premiere: DANCE/Hartwell, October 2016 (Brockport, NY)
Additional Performances: Morning Dances, November 2016 (Rochester, NY); ACDA Northeast Regional Conference, March 2017 (Randolph, NJ)

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CLOSE UP AND PERSONAL

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Duet in which a video dance is filmed and projected behind the performers in real time, considering the camera person to be just as much a dancer as the one being filmed.

Choreography: Cas Burns, in collaboration with dancers

Performance: Rebecca Buranich and Claire Fisher
Music: “Chantiers Navals 412” by LJ Kruzer

Premiere: DANCE/Hartwell, April 2016 (Brockport, NY)
Additional Performance: Graduate Choreography Showing, February 2016 (Brockport, NY) [shown as work in progress]

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STATIC AMNESIA

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Quartet inspired by the changes that occur when a dance is translated from the stage to the screen.

Choreography: Cas Burns

Performance: Miriam Priven, Annie Roome, Alicia Sanders-Zakre, and Erin Sifre
Music: “Flicker” by Origamibiro

Premiere: Fall Dance Concert, November 2014 (Medford, MA)

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