Shelby Durham is a senior BFA Dance Performance & Choreography and BA in Arts Administration major, with a minor in Business Administration. Throughout her summers in college, she has trained with Bodiography Contemporary Ballet, the American Dance Festival, where she was able to perform works by Merce Cunningham and William Forsythe, and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. While with Hubbard Street, she studied choreography by Crystal Pite, Ohad Naharin, Alejandro Cerrudo, Peter Chu, FLOCKWORKS and Nacho Duato. Shelby was also able to create new works with Robyn Minkeo Williams, Micaela Taylor, Roderick George, and Rena Butler. For two consecutive years Shelby has had her choreography selected to be in the Fall Dance Concert, and has had her choreography presented across the United States. Shelby was awarded the “Outstanding Senior Dance Performance & Choreography Award” for her accomplishments in both fields at Elon University in 2019. She is excited to perform and study with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Ate9 dANCE cOMPANY after graduation.
Emotions are innately felt by every living being on the planet. Whether we like to showcase them or not, emotions within the concept of humans are a driving force of daily life. Emotions have the capabilities to skew our senses, most notably our senses of vision, hearing, and all sensory perception. Anger is a unique emotion, as it not only has the ability to skew your sensory perception, but also the ability to cloud other emotions. Through the idea of quarantine, I structured the idea of composing "the arrival" to showcase the stages of grief throughout this turbulent, uncertain, and uncharted territory of quarantine during a global pandemic.