Masters of Fine Arts candidates in Dance will use renewable, recycled and reused materials in the creation of all sets and costumes for their thesis concerts through 2013. The goal of this project is to boost the production shops’ use of recycled materials and to introduce sustainability measures into the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performing Arts curricula. This project will also consider alternatives to destruction and disposal of these materials at the conclusion of each production.
This project not only provides the opportunity for meaningful collaboration between dance choreographers and designers, but also results in an environmentally-conscious process for everyone responsible for set construction, including students, designers, faculty and crews. To ensure the project’s impact will extend beyond its initial participants, video documentation will be created at each step in the process: design meetings, research, procurement of materials, set construction, de-construction and re-introduction of raw materials for reuse. The resulting documentary film will be used for educational purposes and as evidence of a proven sustainability model within the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies and the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.