“Intertwine,” the style-display, dance recital and charity auction orchestrated in collaboration by [email protected] and Fusion Dance Company, brought a lively functionality to Alumnae Hall this earlier Sunday night. The celebration was “the most special thing that [email protected], or Fusion or Alumnae Corridor has ever done,” in accordance to [email protected] Style and design Head Seabass Immonen ’23. 

On the night time of Dec. 5, Alumnae Hall boomed with a combine of EDM and orchestral music as members of Fusion sashayed across the floor in their [email protected] costumes. A single dancer donned a purple bodysuit with Lady-Gaga-esque sparkly shoulder pads. A different wore a billowy white tulle skirt with black bows sewn all over it. A third done with a green woolen beanie and a pink tulle veil. 

As 22 dancers in 22 uniquely made clothes whirled close to the floor, audience members bounced along to the rhythm of the songs. What Immonen called “colosseum-style” seating authorized for an personal viewing encounter. The audience and performers shared the space, with seating organized in a circle all-around the dance flooring. 

At the conclusion of the 15-minute performance, the dancers lined up for a final catwalk. As dancers walked through the heart of the circle, viewers associates have been ready to get a nearer search at the apparel that teams of two to four [email protected] college student designers had developed.

Then, each individual Fusion dancer reunited with their [email protected] layout workforce for a silent auction wherever audience associates would have an chance to bid on their favored items. Proceeds from the pieces were being split evenly in between the Job Lets Mutual Aid Fund and the [email protected] Design Team’s Spring Selection. Job LETS  (Let us End the Stigma) is effective to provide help and neighborhood-setting up for people today struggling “from mental sickness, trauma, Disability and/or neurodivergence,” in accordance to their site. Donations for Undertaking Lets ended up also collected at the entrance of the effectiveness.

“Intertwine” resulted from a real collaboration among [email protected] and Fusion. At the start off of the semester, when Immonen had the concept to collaborate with a dance troupe, Sydney Taub ’22 — who is the two a Fusion member and [email protected] Vice President and Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion — linked him with Fusion. 

According to both equally Taub and Immonen, the process of creating the show concerned a good offer of collaboration among dancers, choreographers and designers. The designers who volunteered for the job attended many of Fusion’s rehearsals and consulted with their assigned dancer about what they required their outfits to glance like. The [email protected] heads then picked a choice of songs that would make the audience come to feel like they ended up at a fashion exhibit. 

“The designers selected the new music for the piece, which is exciting due to the fact ordinarily the choreographers would decide on the songs,” Taub said. “Instead of the music informing our movement … the clothes are what is trying to inform our movements, for the reason that just about every dance is a exceptional piece.” 

“Intertwine” was only the 2nd time that dancers performed in their [email protected] garments — the to start with becoming their costume rehearsal before in the 7 days. This, in addition to the improvisational nature of the efficiency, authorized for their actions to be “very actual rather of pretty staged,” Taub said. 

Viewers members shared this sentiment. Jo Kavishe ’25 explained that “it felt a lot more like a cohesive show” than other [email protected] occasions or Brown dance performances.

The “combination of freestyle and choreography” authorized the efficiency to “showcase (every garment) through improvisation, but there are also times where we all come collectively and it’s cohesive,” Taub stated. “We get to see how various garments perform on different dancer’s bodies both of those with their movement design and style and the way that the garment is composed.”