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Dissipative Structures


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| Amanda Gay

As the school year comes to a close, many students are scrambling to synthesize their semester’s class work in final papers and projects. But students from a variety of disciplines will present their work in public performance in Dissipative Structures, at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday in the Gorecki Family Theater this weekend.

Dissipative Structures is this year’s version of the biannual dance show sponsored by the CSB/SJU theater department.

Choreographers, musicians and students have compiled their talents since auditions in January in preparation for the show.

Crystal Edwards, a guest choreographer from Orlando, Fla. was commissioned by the theater department to assist with the production. Professor Leigh Dillard and senior Gretchen Osdoba also worked with CSB/SJU students in designing the coreography for the performance.

Osboda, a senior natural science major, worked with students to choreograph one of the pieces titled “Earth.”

“Dissipative structures is basically making order out of chaos,” Osboda said. “In nature, chaotic reactions come together and dissipiate in cycles.”

Osboda was first interested in theater when she was encouraged to audition on a whim her first year.

“I love performing on stage,” Osboda said. “(The dancers) have really gotten to know each other a lot, and I have met a lot of new people.”

Another component of the show will be the three opening acts: Swing Catz, the Archipelago Association and Illmatic Force.

Caitlin Miller, a junior member of Swing Catz, is looking forward to being a part of the opening act.

“I am excited about the fact that this performance is all student-driven,” Miller said. “Although it is always cool when we bring professionals in, it is good to know that this is part of our own student community.”

Will Van De Crommert, a senior music major, composed the original score for this musical performance.

“I am so honored to be a part of this performance,” Van De Crommert said. “The dancers are absolutely outrageous and wonderful and just a riot to work with.”

Miller commented on Van De Crommert’s contribution to the production.

“(Will) is a really talented force in the music department, and it is cool to see him apply his music to the CSB/SJU community,” Miller said. “He has some really beautiful pieces.”

The eclectic nature of the performance is representative of the varied experience levels. Although all students have prepared for the show, there will be a range of abilities.

“I think it’s amazing to think that many of these people haven’t danced before,” Miller said. “There will be a wide variety of participants.”

Because the students come from a wide variety of academic disciplines, the dances were created with ideas from physics, math, biology, psychology and philosophy.

“(Dissipative structures) has wonderful choreography, excellent lighting,” Van De Crommert said. “The show has brought so many talented people together.”

The performance will last approximately an hour.

“We are trying to make dancers more known,” Osboda said. “We want students to come and see what the dancers have been doing.”