Kreativity Diversity Troupe performs end-of-semester show, centered around “confusion”

Denisse Penaflor, Justin Alston, Isabel Sangiorgi, and Andrew Saundry perform a dance piece to Kehlani’s song “Distraction.” The dance was choreographed by Penaflor and Sangiorgi (Photo by Casey Gannon).

By Casey Gannon

Kreativity Diversity Troupe has established itself as a very accepting, diverse performance group. With members of different majors, ethnicities and personalities, the mix of people perform in various mediums, including dance, song, theatre, and spoken word.

The group performs an end-of-semester show twice a year, featuring a variety of acts tied together by one common theme. This semester’s theme was “confusion,” and the show was titled “Puzzles and Paradoxes.”

Artistic director Denisse Penaflor said she was initially concerned about whether or not the audience would understand the theme.

“I understood their artistic direction, but I wasn’t sure if it was a good idea to confuse the audience members that much, and I wasn’t sure if it was safe,” said Penaflor, a junior theater major.

Penaflor eventually came around to the idea, realizing there were a lot of ways to tackle the theme.

“If you really look into what confusion is, it’s a lot more than just not knowing what you’re doing,” Penaflor said. “It’s a lot of discovery.”

Penaflor said the purpose of Kreativity is to “really push people to do what they haven’t done before,” adding that she learned a dance routine for the show in addition to her usual theatrical performance.

Daniela Gomes, a fifth year psychology and theater double major, joined Kreativity about two or three years ago because she would hear her friends in the department talk about the group. The group has allowed her to explore different art forms as well.

“I came in as a theater person,” Gomes said. “But I got the opportunity to dance in a few pieces, to sing in a piece. I was able to work on a couple of films.”

This semester, Gomes performed in dance and spoken word pieces, and there was a viewing of a short film she had directed — all tying back to the theme of confusion.

“Three of us are putting together different poems,” Gomes said. “And we intended to write them in a way that was not direct. Like, if I said, ‘I want to be a witch,’ I didn’t say ‘I want to be a witch.’ I said, ‘I want to be a pointy hat.’”

Students and parents of all ages were in attendance.

Sophomore theater and history double major Rebekah Blume came to support her friends and see their work. She said her favorite performance was titled, “RAPunzel ft. #Blackrea.”

“It was about black culture,” Blume said. “I am black, so I care about that a lot.”

According to Gomes, diversity is something the group prides themselves on.

“The general flow of the group is a very supportive and loving artist community,” Gomes said. “There’s not a single time we’ve had a showing or presentation of an idea, or just somebody showing everybody what they’ve been working on, where the whole group wasn’t supportive and super excited for the person and their art.”

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