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From the Studio: Gonzaga's Celebrate EveryBODY 2023

Suzanne Ostersmith details the multimedia, multi-day body positivity event

Suzanne Ostersmith of the Gonzaga University Theatre & Dance Department came into the KPBX studio to share some of the highlights of their upcoming Celebrate EveryBODY event, which opens next weekend (Sat., Feb. 11).

Celebrate EveryBODY is an annual, approximately weeklong event at Gonzaga University that emphasizes inclusivity and body positivity. It began as a dance-centric event but now includes contributions from other disciplines.

This year's event will include a film festival (Wed., Feb. 15) that features live adjudication of international screendance submissions. Screendance is an art form that combines dance and film. There will also be a showcase of various dance companies' works in honor of Celebrate EveryBODY.

The multi-day celebration officially kicks off with the Colorado-based Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Company performing The Four Journeys, an original work by choreographer Amalia Vivianna Basnata Hernandez. Now in its 52nd season, the African-inspired dance ensemble is recognized around the world as one of America’s foremost modern dance companies.

Ostersmith also briefly recapped the student-led Musical Theatre Dance Revue that took place just a few days ago. Like that event, the performances that are part of Celebrate EveryBODY are all open to the public.

Celebrate EveryBODY begins on February 11 with the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Company's The Four Journeys at the Myrtle Woldson Performing Arts Center. Tickets for that are available through the Gonzaga ticket center.

E.J. Iannelli is Spokane Public Radio's Arts and Music Director