“Intertwine,” the fashion-display, dance recital and charity auction orchestrated in collaboration by Manner@Brown and Fusion Dance Organization, introduced a energetic functionality to Alumnae Hall this past Sunday evening. The occasion was “the most exclusive thing that F@B, or Fusion or Alumnae Corridor has at any time accomplished,” according to F@B Layout Head Seabass Immonen ’23.
On the night of Dec. 5, Alumnae Corridor boomed with a mix of EDM and orchestral new music as users of Fusion sashayed throughout the floor in their F@B-intended costumes. A person dancer donned a purple bodysuit with Girl-Gaga-esque sparkly shoulder pads. An additional wore a billowy white tulle skirt with black bows sewn all about it. A third performed with a green woolen beanie and a pink tulle veil.
As 22 dancers in 22 uniquely designed garments whirled all around the floor, viewers associates bounced together to the rhythm of the music. What Immonen named “colosseum-style” seating allowed for an intimate viewing experience. The audience and performers shared the place, with seating organized in a circle around the dance ground.
At the conclude of the 15-minute efficiency, the dancers lined up for a ultimate catwalk. As dancers walked through the heart of the circle, audience members had been in a position to get a closer appear at the clothes that teams of two to 4 F@B student designers experienced made.
Then, each and every Fusion dancer reunited with their F@B design group for a silent auction in which audience members would have an option to bid on their preferred pieces. Proceeds from the pieces were break up evenly involving the Task Allows Mutual Help Fund and the F@B Design Team’s Spring Collection. Venture LETS (Let’s Finish the Stigma) operates to provide assistance and neighborhood-creating for people suffering “from mental health issues, trauma, Disability and/or neurodivergence,” according to their web page. Donations for Project Allows have been also collected at the entrance of the efficiency.
“Intertwine” resulted from a genuine collaboration among F@B and Fusion. At the start of the semester, when Immonen had the strategy to collaborate with a dance troupe, Sydney Taub ’22 — who is both equally a Fusion member and F@B Vice President and Head of Diversity, Fairness and Inclusion — related him with Fusion.
According to both of those Taub and Immonen, the course of action of creating the exhibit included a terrific deal of collaboration among dancers, choreographers and designers. The designers who volunteered for the task attended a number of of Fusion’s rehearsals and consulted with their assigned dancer about what they wished their outfits to look like. The F@B heads then picked a assortment of tracks that would make the audience really feel like they had been at a fashion show.
“The designers selected the audio for the piece, which is fascinating due to the fact ordinarily the choreographers would opt for the audio,” Taub reported. “Instead of the audio informing our movement … the garments are what is seeking to tell our movements, mainly because every dance is a one of a kind piece.”
“Intertwine” was only the next time that dancers executed in their F@B garments — the 1st becoming their dress rehearsal earlier in the 7 days. This, in addition to the improvisational nature of the functionality, allowed for their actions to be “very serious as a substitute of really staged,” Taub stated.
Viewers associates shared this sentiment. Jo Kavishe ’25 said that “it felt more like a cohesive show” than other F@B events or Brown dance performances.
The “combination of freestyle and choreography” authorized the effectiveness to “showcase (each individual garment) through improvisation, but there are also moments exactly where we all come together and it is cohesive,” Taub claimed. “We get to see how distinctive garments perform on different dancer’s bodies both of those with their motion design and style and the way that the garment is composed.”