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Illuminated Bodies Brightens the Stage

Written by Haley Davis

Dancers perform in Illuminated Bodies.

Just as winter descended on Ithaca, the Department of Theatre Arts lit up the stage with their Illuminated Bodies dance performance. Choreographed by assistant professor of theatre arts Lindsay Gilmour and instructor Amy Walker O'Brien, the performance of the four-part dance concert set out to express human emotion through movement.

This type of show, which is scheduled just once every four years, is a special opportunity to the dancers, choreographers, composers, musicians, and audience to be involved in. "It was done highly professionally in terms of lighting, set design, costumes, the crew – everything," says dancer Molly Apfelroth '13, a communication management and design major.

"I gained a better understanding of who I was as a dancer," says Apfelroth, whose performance in Illuminated Bodies marked her return to the stage after a three-year absence. "It helped me remember why I danced and what dance meant to me. It really was like coming home."



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