‘Intertwine’ features eccentric dances and fashion designs
“Intertwine,” the fashion show, dance recital and charity auction co-orchestrated by [email protected] and Fusion Dance Company, presented a spirited performance at Alumnae Hall last Sunday evening. The event was “the most unique thing [email protected], or Fusion, or Alumnae Hall has ever done,” according to [email protected] Design Manager Seabass Immonen ’23.
On the night of December 5, Alumnae Hall exploded with a mix of EDM and orchestral music as the members of Fusion walked across the floor in their [email protected] costumes. One dancer donned a purple bodysuit with glittering shoulder pads à la Lady Gaga. Another wore a puffy white tulle skirt with black bows sewn all over. A third made with a green wool bonnet and a pink tulle veil.
As 22 dancers dressed in 22 uniquely designed garments swirled across the floor, audience members bounced to the beat of the music. What Immonen called “Colosseum-style” seating allowed for an intimate viewing experience. Audience and performers shared the space, with seats arranged in a circle around the dance floor.
At the end of the 15-minute performance, the dancers lined up for a final parade. As the dancers walked through the center of the circle, viewers got a closer look at the clothes that groups of two to four [email protected] design students had created.
Next, each Fusion dancer gathered with their [email protected] design team for a silent auction where members of the public would have the opportunity to bid on their favorite pieces. Proceeds from the pieces were split equally between the LETS Project Benevolent Fund and the [email protected] Design Team’s Spring Collection. The LETS (Let’s End the Stigma) project aims to provide support and community building for people suffering from “mental illness, trauma, disability and/or neurodivergence”, according to their site. Donations for the LETS project were also collected at the entrance to the show.
“Intertwine” was born from a true collaboration between [email protected] and Fusion. At the start of the semester, when Immonen came up with the idea of collaborating with a dance troupe, Sydney Taub ’22 – who is both a member of Fusion and Vice President [email protected] and Head of Diversity, Equity and inclusion – put him in touch with Fusion.
According to Taub and Immonen, the show’s development process involved a great deal of collaboration between dancers, choreographers and designers. The designers who volunteered for the project attended several of Fusion’s rehearsals and consulted with their assigned dancer on what they wanted their outfits to look like. [email protected] officials then selected a selection of songs that would make the audience feel like they were at a fashion show.
“The designers chose the music for the piece, which is interesting because it’s usually the choreographers who choose the music,” Taub said. “Instead of the music informing our movement…it’s the clothes that try to inform our movements, because each dance is a unique piece.”
“Intertwine” was just the second time dancers had performed in their [email protected] gear — the first being their dress rehearsal earlier in the week. This, in addition to the improvisational nature of the performance, allowed their movements to be “very real instead of very staged”, Taub said.
Audience members shared that sentiment. Jo Kavishe ’25 said it “felt more like a cohesive show” than other [email protected] events or brown dance shows.
The “combination of freestyle and choreography” allowed the performance to “present (every piece of clothing) through improvisation, but there are also times when we all come together and it’s cohesive,” Taub said. . “We see how different garments work on different dancers’ bodies, both with their style of movement and how the garment is put together.”