(SCA) FCAT Undergraduate Research Fellowship Award Recipient
Having spent time with his Faculty supervisor—Professor Robert Kitsos—in the studio before, Robert Azevedo is excited to not only once again “[witness] the end-results of [Prof. Kitsos’s] thinking” but to be able to engage in the “fascinating and meticulous” process behind each dance performance.
Even prior to the beginning of his work term, Robert has found that his academic studies have directly translated into the essential skills required for the research involved. His study of the history and timeline of dance paired with his knowledge of general research methods prepares a foundation for the project. Furthermore, the “physical and verbal vocabularies” that Robert has gained in class has and will continue to help him describe himself and his art during his university career.
With this opportunity, Robert seeks to unveil what he has yet to discover in class work and learn to “practice the foresight that will determine how something would be received,” which will greatly benefit his future academic and professional career.
- Faculty supervisor: Robert Kitsos
- Area of study: Contemporary Dance
Prof. Rob Kitsos and Robert will be engaging in a two-part investigation on improvised performance structures—allowing Robert to gain insight into Prof. Kitsos’ research-based creative process while expanding upon his awareness of dance research.
Using an information base of past methodologies on improvised performance, the pair will create and discuss upon a compilation of this research—which include articles and experiences of past choreographers/directors as well as other relevant materials. What results from this step will then direct the second component of the project.
The following portion of the project is a research laboratory and performance component that will involve practice-based research with other dancers. Prof. Kitsos will act as choreographer and Robert as one of the dancers as they week to implement the researched practices and study the effects. Together, they will “[experiment] with various reviewed or invented improvisational tactics for performance.” A result of this is the creation of a “working vocabulary of these techniques and practices” that they can test and perform.
Through this opportunity, Robert will grow his knowledge of improvisation techniques in contemporary performance—especially regarding the performer and audience experience.
Robert will not only have a performance opportunity with Prof. Kitsos but will be participating in a well-document project that may be formally presented or published in a report.
"I think that this research will help me understand the academic side of Dance in a way that is often invisible to students and emerging artists. I have learned what to make of a work that has been shaped and presented and one that is in the process, but to practice the foresight that will determine how something would be received is an important tool in both my professional and academic careers in dance."
Robert: "It looks like it’s going to be a lot of work, so you should be prepared for it. But a good mentor and a good research idea will definitely be a solid platform from which to develop a future in your area of interest."