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Choreographer Rachel Oliver doesn't want to 'Settle'

Rachel Oliver

“Tell me what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life” ~ Mary Oliver.
One wild and precious life. It seems that far too often people don’t grab the bull by the horns and live the life they want, no, are meant to live. How many times have you, or someone close to you, just settled? How many times have you taken the safer route? And, what if the expectations of the life you are “supposed” to live just isn’t the one you want to live? Women, in particular, are encouraged to “have it all”, but imagine if you simply took a step back, changed direction and watched the dust settle instead of themselves? This is what MFA candidate Rachel Oliver is exploring in her premiere thesis dance concert “Settle”.

The complexities of the 21st century woman is somewhat of a balancing act in which one is made to feel like a failure if she cannot achieve the ideal of “having it all”. Utilizing film, dance and an original sound score by Jesse Manno, Oliver is in pursuit to understand and deconstruct these colossal expectations. What if one simply decides to do less?

According to Oliver “Settle” began as a way for me to seek reflection and commentary on personal experiences. As it developed and I joined forces with a cast of eleven other women of different generations, it inspired reflection for each of us.” As the dancers formed a bond through the rehearsal process, they created, explored and shared their thoughts and experiences of domesticity, family traditions and cultural ideals. “Film, dance, and our great grandmother's best china collide in this evening length dance work.”

“Settle” is a free event at the Atlas Black Box Theatre on the CU Boulder campus, but tickets can go fast. So, don’t settle on waiting until the last minute and reserve your seats now!

MFA Thesis Concert
Jan 17 & 18 @7:30 pm

ATLAS Black Box Theater, CU-Boulder
Downstairs lowest basement level, B2
Free and open to the public, seating is limited & first-come, first served.
Reservations recommended:

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