Cognitive perception and choreographic meaning, screendance, dance and technology, dance science and somatics, dance pedagogy, multi-disciplinary approaches to performance, and the evolution of storytelling, music and dance in the Americas.
Mary Schnepf is a 3rd year Dance MFA student at the University at Buffalo with a focus on multi-disciplinary approaches to performance. Her current research relates to cognitive perception and its connection to creating meaning in choreographic practices. She earned her BS in Theater Design at Buffalo State College and her MAH in Film & Performance at the University at Buffalo while completing internships at Artpark (Musical Theatre) and NBC (Late Night with Conan O’Brien). Her performance credits include roles with Configuration Dance Theatre, Neglia Ballet Artists, Greater Niagara Ballet Company, National Ballet of Canada, Red Thread Theatre, Buffalo Aerial Dance, and Torn Space Theater. Her short dance film “Where Emptiness Lies” was presented in 2018 as part of the 40 North Dance Film Festival and her most recent film “As Within, So Without” premiered this past October as part of the Zodiaque Dance Company’s fall concert. She continues to explore how film and digital technology can affect and abstract movement.