Vestige of a Trace

Alexsa Durrans


MFA2 – School of Dance – Choreography

A three channel video installation of MFA Thesis movement landscape created by Alexsa Durrans, Vestige of a Trace identifies a nameless, mundane and languid routine of 3 cameras following 3 dancers perpetually moving through space on vast expanses of concrete. The work is filmed in a parking lot, revealing the dancers negotiating their own muscle memories and considering the information they collect as processes of tracing. The cameras survey and also archive the dancer’s gridlocking and spanning patterns. The multichannel display speculates the way their movement is shaped and changed by the location and suggests the ways individual pathways synchronize and intersect with others. Inching in waves across the sprawl of asphalt, Vestige of Trace explores how sculpted spaces disperse, split, align and intersect the body. The dancers work to reveal that this landscape is in fact a chosen, constructed, carved and directed system of participation.

​​Choreography and Direction: Alexsa Durrans
Director of Photography and Editing: Wenxin Zhou
Videography: Wenxin Zhou, Irene Gil Ramon, Poppy Miller
Dancers: Lena Martin, Andrea Soto, Mady Thornquest
Set Design and Dramaturgy: Amy Chiao
Music & Sound Design: Max Jaffe
Lighting Design: Violet Smith
Costume Design: Nishtha Tyagi


2:00 pm - 2:00 pm Welcome

CalArts Expo venues open

Doors Open

4:00 pm - 9:00 pm Outside Main Entrance

Food Trucks available outside the main entrance

Grab some food!

7:30 pm - 7:30 pm Main Entrance Walkway

Reception on the Main Entrance Walkway

Reception on the Main Entrance Walkway

10:00 pm - 10:00 pm Exhibition Venues

Exhibition Venues close

Exhibition Venues close

1:30 am All

Performances end

Performances end

  • Date : May 5, 2022 - May 5, 2022
  • Time : 02:00 pm - 10:00 pm (UTC)
  • Venue : Main Entrance & X-Box