jonathan godoy
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in knowing laughter

"Choreographed and directed by Maggie Sniffen, MFA candidate in Experimental Choreography

In collaboration with dancers: Dahlia Marquez, Ambar Mote, Krista Palmer and Kevin Wong

Joel Smith, faculty advisor

Through hilarious and hard vignettes of vulnerability, in knowing laughter investigates the problematic relationship between comedy and shame, and the resilience required when encountering both.

Maggie Sniffen is an MFA candidate in Experimental Choreography at the University of California, Riverside (UCR). Sniffen is a graduate of San Diego State University with her BFA in Dance. Her choreographic interests lie in comedic dance-theatre work that explore the physicality and vulnerability within comedy. Her current research is in the problematic relationship between comedy and shame particularly within female stand-up comediennes. While at UCR, Sniffen has served as Assistant Artistic Director under Artistic Director and Assistant Professor taisha paggett for the UCR is Dancing 2016 concert, she has been a recipient of the Dean's Distinguished Award, Gluck Foundation Fellowship, and is currently the Graduate Student Coordinator for the Gluck Contemporary Dance Ensemble. Along with her fellow choreographers, Alfonso Cervera, Irvin Gonzalez, and Hyoin Jun, Sniffen received the award for Outstanding Choreography from Dance Magazine at the American College Dance Association’s National Festival in Washington, D.C. in June 2016 for their original work fourtold. Sniffen has also worked with Associate Professor Joel Smith and fellow graduate Hyoin Jun in a performative improvisational score light/weight in November 2016. Prior to her studies at UCR, Sniffen was a dance practitioner in the Stanislaus County area working with non-profits, local elementary afterschool programs, and resident theater companies fostering a community commitment to the performing arts. Sniffen is a frequent guest choreographer for the Modesto Junior College Dance Department’s resident company Off-Balance. Sniffen is the choreographer for D.E.G. Records’ artist Lucien Dante, choreographing his record release concert in July 2015 and music video “Love Me Lessons (Imma Be),” which was recently selected to screen at the Miami Short Film Festival. 

in knowing laughter is presented by the University of California, Riverside, Department of Dance. Maggie Sniffen created this work in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Master of Fine Arts degree in Experimental Choreography."

UCR Department of Dance | UCR Events

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