The University of New Mexico Department of Theater and Dance presents “C’est la Vie,” a double bill by MFA in Dance candidates Kelsey Paschich and Ariel Burge, Friday, Sept. 4-5 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 6 at 2 p.m. in the Rodey Theatre, Center for the Arts.

“Exquisite Corpse” is an intersection of contemporary dance and media. Movement as a language makes transparent the space between dream and reality with spontaneity, juxtaposition and the element of surprise. Paschich uses film and projection to infuse images, question the perception of identity and challenge the preconceived understanding of real versus surreal. The performance exposes the manipulation and illusion of time that is transcended through live contemporary dance, projection and dance on film. The work is athletic, quirky yet refined and draws upon a classical ballet vocabulary.

Paschich has danced for companies such as The Moscow State Classical Ballet, River North Chicago Dance Company, Thodos Dance Chicago, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lawine Torren Company (Austria) and currently works with ARCOS Dance in Austin, Texas.

Burge’s desire to develop a deep connection through collaboration was the impetus for conceiving “I Am Because We Are.” The cross-pollination of ideas evolved the work as new concepts and structures were explored with choreographer, composer, designers and performers creating in conjunction. This creative approach emphasizes the responsibility, investment and artistic importance of all collaborators. Burge, choreographer and artistic director, weaves a utilitarian fantasy of movement and sound refining the simplicity of beauty for the stage.

Born in Canada, Burge has lived and danced in Vancouver, New York, Los Angeles, Houston and the U.K. exploring as many movement styles as possible. Through her experience, she has fashioned a dance style that belongs to no one genre and values the individuality of the mover. Her intention is to teach at a university, and the teaching role is naturally integrated into her creative process as she continues to investigate new concepts with her dances and to encourage expansiveness of her dancers.

Ticket prices are $12 general admission; $10 for UNM faculty and seniors; $8 for UNM staff and students, and are available at UNM ticket offices, by phone at (505) 925-5858, or online at

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