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MFA Dance Concert, Rising from Everywhere

Published April 24, 2014


Tallahassee, FL- April 6, 2014. MFA candidates McKenzie Baird, Samantha Pazos, and Jeffrey L. Smith present Rising from Everywhere in partial fulfillment of the Master of Fine Arts Degree in Dance on April 25-56, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. in the Nancy Smith Fichter Dance Theatre in Montgomery Hall, located on Florida State University’s campus.

McKenzie Baird presents Co Mune, a multidisciplinary work inspired by a Shakespearean model of a love triangle. What We Bring Forward features four women’s struggle to identify the eccentricities inherited by their mothers, which integrates Baird’s research in psychology and movement.

Samantha Pazos’ Yo vengo de todas partes, and towards everywhere I go is a commentary on the problems of immigration and exile, loosely inspired by her father’s journey to the U.S., as well as other members of the Cuban exile community. Pazos explores ideas of displacement, memory, home/patria, and identity.

Rise, choreographed by Jeffrey L. Smith, is inspired by the recent discovery of the Boson Particle, which has the potential to explain nature’s most provocative fundamental force: gravity. The 25 minute piece uses contemporary references and scientific properties of
how the universe shapes human movement and our relationship to the ground.

Also featured on the program is a reconstruction of A Short Ride In a Fast Machine, choreographed by esteemed School of Dance faculty member, Dan Wagoner, and a premiere by adjunct faculty member and alumna (MFA 2012) Loren Davidson.

Tickets for the performance are $8 for general admission and $5 for FSU Students with a valid FSU ID. For ticket information, contact the Fine Arts Ticket Office at 850-644-6500 or online at

For more information contact Joyce Fausone at 850-645-2449, via email at, or online at

The School of Dance is part of the College of Fine Arts at The Florida State University.