Creating "Ahhhhhh"

The Ithaca College Department of Theatre Arts presents “Illuminated Bodies,” a celebration of original music and movement. This main-stage dance concert is presented once every four years and features four original pieces choreographed by Theatre Arts dance faculty Amy Walker O’Brien and Lindsay Gilmour.

Gilmour’s piece “Ahhhhhh” uses movement to find the distilled quality of emotion that lives in the body. She included the dancers in the process of creating the piece by asking them to reflect on their emotional state at the beginning of each rehearsal and to write about it. She gave the dancers prompts such as:

If your day was a
• lunch item
• smell
• song
• location
• body part,    what would it be?

The dancers “free-wrote” responses to the prompts and then used the responses as jumping off points for movement; the paper they wrote them on is on the Hoerner stage during the piece and part of an installation in the Dillingham lobby.

The performers and choreographer of “Ahhhhhh” invite the audience to visit the lobby installation and contribute their own reflections on their emotional state. “Free-write” your response for a minute or two and then clip it to the “Ahhhhhh” tree that will grow foliage as the week progresses.

“Illuminated Bodies” will be performed Dec. 6, 8, 9 and 10 at 8 p.m., and Dec. 10 and 11 at 2 p.m. All performances will be held in the Hoerner Theatre in Dillingham Center. Ticket prices for “Illuminated Bodies” range from $5.50 to $11 and are on sale at all Ticket Center outlets, including Ticket Center Ithaca on the Commons and the Dillingham Center box office. Call (607) 273-4497, (607) 274-3224 or visit Visit for further ticketing information, including group sales. Also, follow us on Facebook: and Twitter:!/ICTheatreArts


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