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2020 dance show, “Framed Frames” is an event not to miss

Stephen Li
The dance crew smiles for a photo.

From pirouettes to skillful leaps, the dance show this year is a spectacle that many Webb students found themselves watching on the weekend of February 1st. Webb’s annual winter dance show has been a tradition ingrained into the Webb student experience since its first debut in 2014. This year’s performance, “Frames Framed,” explored the conversations between the paintings “O, Romeo, Romeo Wherefore Art Thou Romeo?,” “The Remorse of Judas,” and “The Lament for Icarus.” 

“I imagined the three paintings hung on the same gallery wall. And I wondered, what would a conversation between them look like? What would they have to say for themselves? What would they have to say to each other, about each other, for each other? And especially on the brink of what was to become World War I,” said Michael Szanyi, head of the Webb dance program.  

Mr. Szanyni’s visions for the paintings reshaped the definition of dance by incorporating technology and audience participation to further develop the story. Near the end of the show, the audience was made to shift their gaze upwards, where the screen displayed pre-recorded dance scenes set outside the chapel.

It also involved a theatrical flare. Some of the dancers served the role of actors. The speeches mentioned morals and stories that helped move the show along and made the audience reflect. Even Mr. Szanyi ended up participating by reading a poem. 

These various methods made some audience members feel emotional and leave the theater with a jumble of questions to ponder.

“The dance show was great. I left feeling sad, but in a good way,” Maria Duan (‘23) said. 

“I thought the dance show was touching and powerful. Especially when the sign of the times came on, it was a very emotional moment when the disco ball went around, a lot of my friends cried,” Xander Kong (‘22) said.

“I thought the dance show was great. The frames showed how much expression we include and we don’t include. And I think that the paintings on the doors, since they were illuminated, showed you the things that people were hiding behind and I thought that showed inner feelings,” Colin Kidwell (‘20) said.

The dance show this year has truly managed to impact the Webb community.

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Janina Akporavbare, Staff Writer
Janina Akporavbare (‘22) loves to write, so her choice to join the Webb Canyon Chronicle as a staff writer is a perfect choice. During her leisure time, Janina can be found skating down a street, surfing in the SoCal waves, or practicing an array of sports. She identifies as an extroverted introvert – while she may be quiet and keep to herself, she will speak up for her passions. Her favorite courses, specifically in the humanities, have given her the opportunity to discuss philosophy and debate heavy topics, which she hopes to carry over to the publication. During her time as a new staff writer, she aspires to cover articles about mental health crises and other issues that people often ignore.
Stephen Li, Chief Editor of Media
Stephen Li (‘21) is the Chief Editor of Media this year for the Webb Canyon Chronicle. He only started photography recreationally four years ago, but this skill has helped him contribute to the WCC through improving the quality of photos, an important yet often overlooked aspect of any publication. As the captain of the varsity football team, it’s no surprise that Stephens favorite spot on campus is the football field. Because of this passion, one of his many goals is to continue playing football in college, as he wants to increase Asian representation in American sports. This year, Stephen wants to increase the impact the Webb Canyon Chronicle has on the community through gaining more readers, and, as a peer advisor, he wants to continue bringing people together especially in the midst of a pandemic. Stephen’s proven talent for rallying the morale of his teammates and peers is a skill that makes him an irreplaceable member of the WCC team. 

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    Taylor Stockdale | Feb 20, 2020 at 4:10 PM

    As I posted on email a few weeks ago, I had the absolute pleasure of watching the Dance Show and was overwhelmed. I knew it would be great, but this particular show is beyond description. The set designs, lighting, themes, execution, choreography, audio-visual effects, passion, and flow were all done at such a high and professional level. The hours and hours and hours of hard work, sweat and practice and preparation were evident in every moment of the production. And due to all of this, I was not only impressed beyond measure but felt deeply moved by it.