UNCG’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance will present three MFA thesis concerts during the month of March.

All the concerts will be held in the UNCG Dance Theater located in the Health and Human Performance Building at the corner of Walker Avenue and Kenilworth streets. Parking is available in the Walker Parking Deck. General admission tickets are $12; student and senior citizen tickets are $9; and $6 for UNCG faculty and students. Tickets will be available in the lobby of the Dance Department beginning one hour before each performance, or through the University Box Office at 336-334-4849 or boxoffice.uncg.edu.

Christine Bowen Stevens will present her concert “civilized habits; conditional antagonism; accepted behavior” at 8 p.m. March 16-17. The concert is an evening length dance investigating the multiplicity of human existence. The work explores the natural self, and how it is revealed through the stripping of culture and learned behavior. Who are we as raw, exposed humans, and where are the intersections between the emotional and the physical?

Originally from Durham, Stevens earned a bachelor’s degree in dance from UNCG in 2001. Her work has recently been presented in the Greensboro Fringe Festival, at the American College Dance Festival in Ohio, and the North Carolina Dance Alliance annual event. She has toured with the NC Dance Festival and has performed with [project incite], Queen City Jazz Company, and Sidelong Dance Company. Prior to graduate school she created and implemented the dance program at Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School. She currently teaches dance appreciation, ballet and contemporary courses at UNCG.

Sarah Wildes Arnett will give present “The Light by Which We Remember” at 8 p.m. March 23-24. Arnett’s choreography has been described as athletic, taking physical risks, but also tender, encompassing the fear and acceptance within human relationships. “The Light by Which We Remember” promises the audience a deep experience of space and sound and will leave the viewer questioning their own process of remembering.

Arnett, from Concord, graduated from Vanderbilt University with a bachelors degree in American Studies. She has taught and presented choreography in North Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee and, in addition, performed in New York City and Mississippi. She is also a trained percussionist and performed with groups such as Music City Mystique Percussion Ensemble and the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps.

Denise J. Murphy will present “One Hundred Forty-Six,” at 8 p.m. March 30-31. In the work, she explores the March 25, 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire through movement, text, video, photography and original music. The fire erupted in one of the largest garment factories in New York City killing 146 people, mostly young women, and became a turning point in the history of the U.S. Labor Movement. The performance of this work coincides with Women’s History month and the 101st anniversary of the fire. An excerpt of the work has been selected to be presented at the National College Dance Festival at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in May.

Murphy’s work stems from research into the fire through literature, photographs, documentaries and survivor interviews. While these resources proved consistently valuable, Murphy often returned to the body as a primary place of research, working with cast members to uncover the individual lived experiences of the young women and men who became Triangle victims. This empathetic research process involved visiting the graves of victims in Brooklyn and Queens and working with poignant images and text. The movement, generated by Murphy and cast members, evokes images of textile work, individual workers and their relationships, as well as the fire.

An original and affecting composition by Elizabeth Kowalski, a candidate for master’s of music degree in composition, conveys emotion and spirit as she addresses both movement and narrative. At the forefront of “One Hundred Forty-Six” is a desire to remember the individuals who died in the fire and to ask the audience to speculate about their personal lives. The piece serves as a poetic documentary and as a moving memorial to the men and women who died that day.

A native of New York City, Murphy holds a bachelor’s degree in dance education from New York University. (She first learned of the fire while a student at NYU, as the building is now home to  science classrooms.) She has worked in arts administration and taught master classes at The Ailey School. Murphy has recently set choreography on students enrolled in The Ailey School’s 2010 and 2011 Summer Intensive Programs in New York City. This past February, Murphy presented a work of choreography at the American College Dance Festival in Virginia.