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In the spirit of the collaboration that makes Senior Production happen, we’ve created a collage of responses five of the students—a mix of third-years and fourth-years—gave us about the experience.

Each fall, Juilliard dancers and composers have a unique opportunity to work together. During their third year, dance students who display promise in choreography are chosen to each create a work with a Juilliard composer that will be performed by second-year dancers; the composers are a mix of undergraduate and master’s students. ChoreoComp, the popular name of the Choreographers and Composers class, culminates in two days of performances. A few weeks into the process, several of the choreographer-composer pairs talked about their collaborations.

In Angel Reapers, the bizarre utopia of the Shaker community is conveyed through rhythm, a cappella singing, and movement sequences. A collaboration that blurs the lines between drama, musical theater, and dance, Angel Reapers was created by playwright Alfred Uhry and Martha Clarke (BFA ’65, dance) more than a decade ago and first seen in New York City in 2011; a reworking of it was at the Signature Theatre in 2016.