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Before She Sleeps in the Sand
by Pamela Geber Handman
Brooklyn Draper
Brooklyn Draper


Premiered: October 5-21, 2017, Performing Dance Company, Hayes Christensen Theater, University of Utah (Salt Lake City, UT)

Choreography: Pamela Geber Handman

Performers: Brooklyn Draper, Samijo Kougioulis, Cameron Mertz, & Bayley Smallwood

Music: Alva Noto and Ryuichi Sakamoto, Joep Beving, Pan American, & Marsen Jules

Lighting Designer: Cole Adams

Costume Designer: Stephanie Jones

Tech Designer: Isaac Taylor



Brooklyn Draper
Brooklyn Draper
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Other Performances


Performed as part of Legacy Assembly, Kingsbury Hall, University of Utah (Salt Lake City, UT)


 Performed as part of the American College Dance Association Northwest Conference, selected for Gala performance, Colorado State University (Boulder, CO)


Performed as part of Breaking Ground Dance & Film Festival, Tempe Center for the Arts (Tempe, AZ)




Pamela Geber Handman

Pamela Geber Handman is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Modern Dance at the University of Utah where she also serves as the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Among the courses she teaches: contemporary modern technique, improvisation, composition, dance kinesiology, teaching methods, and has served as director for the department’s Performing Dance Company, a company for which she regularly choreographs. Pamela is one of the co-founders of the Dance Science and Somatics Educators has been a long-time member of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS). Her interest working with special needs populations and mixed ability communities led Pamela to develop “Jump Start”: a dance and story-sharing workshop for individuals with Down Syndrome and their families and co-teach Interdiscipinary Teaching Methods: Special Education and Dance with faculty member Kristen Paul from the Department of Special Education. Pamela has been on faculty at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Bennington College’s July program in Vermont and has taught both dance and music in several K-12 schools throughout New York City. She holds an MFA from the University of Washington in Seattle with an emphasis in dance science and education, a BFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with an emphasis in performance and choreography, and a certification in Carl Orff’s teaching pedagogy for dance and music from Bloomingdale House of Music in New York City. She has performed professionally with Sara Rudner, Wendy Perron, David Gordon, Fred Darsow and in works by Stephen Koester, David Dorfman, Susan Marshall, Doug Varone, Mark Dendy, Zvi Gotheiner and reconstructions by Vaslav Nijinsky, Doris Humphrey and Alwin Nikolais.



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