Student’s choreography recognized at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Winning Moves

Javier PadillaJavier Padilla has come a long way since he first danced on stage at age 10 dressed as a squirrel in his native San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The third-year bachelor of fine arts dance major at Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts saw his original choreography, “A Cønversation on Drowning,” performed June 9 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., at the 2016 National College Dance Festival.

Set against the haunting music and spoken word composition “Sea” by Deliah Derbyshire, the nearly nine-minute dance represents a personal journey for Padilla, who started thinking of the concept on a visit to North Carolina after his uncle’s death. “It was a family tragedy; we found out later that he had committed suicide,” he says. “I contemplated the feeling of loss and how it can affect those who are left behind, washing over us. ‘Sea’ resonated with everything I was feeling.”

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Posted July 2016