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Dancer's Research Influences Choreography

Performance dance stemming from Yasmine Lindskog's research

Yasmine Lindskog is part of CSULB's Honors program where she is researching emergence and complexity theory with her faculty mentor Dr. Colleen Dunagan (Dance). During Spring 2015, she researched emergence and its application across disciplines, paying particular attention to studies of its relation to structured improvisation and choreographic process. This research has allowed her to further develop her approach to choreography. She has discovered how emergence as a conceptual model leaves room for complex choreography to develop out of relatively simple structures. The piece she created based on these findings was entitled The Last Light and premiered at the Martha B. Knoebel Theater October 15 - 17.

The primary theme of Lindskog's choreographic works is to create distinct worlds in which the universality of human experience can be depicted. Her goal is to create choreography that embodies potential commonalities between individuals and thus offer the audience an opportunity to reflect on these ideas while viewing her work. She does not intend to fix an opinion in the audience's mind, but rather to inspire viewers to ask questions about the world around them.

Performance dance stemming from Yasmine Lindskog's research

Lindskog's methodology for creating dance-works engages many different mediums. She enjoys applying emergence theory in an effort to allow the most organic choreography to arise out of a guided improvisational score. Creating several different improvisational scores derived from images that depict distinct environments, her methodology employs a mix of using structured improvisation and setting choreography that arises out of exploratory improvisations. Additionally, she is drawn to and inspired by the literary compositional structures of several post-modern experimental authors such as Italo Calvino and Mark Z. Daniewlewski.

Lindskog has been awarded a Department of Dance Scholarship and the Richard and Johanna Baker Scholarship. Additionally, she has trained at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, Broadway Dance Center, and at BODYTRAFFIC's Summer Intensive. Throughout her training she has had the opportunity to perform works by Shannon Gillen, Sidra Bell, Adam Barruch, Anton Lachky, Rebecca Lemme, and Rebecca Bryant. Lindskog has assisted Liane Plane at Broadway Dance Center, interned at the Movement Talent Agency, and interned at the Pulse on Tour in NYC.

Currently, Lindskog is in the process of creating a new work for the CSULB Contemporary Concert in Spring 2016. She is also applying to the London Contemporary School of Dance where she hopes to further her dance training and obtain her master's degree.

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