Date of Submission

Spring 2021

Academic Program


Project Advisor 1

Jean Churchill

Project Advisor 2

Matthew Sargent

Abstract/Artist's Statement


Arlo Tomecek

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This work is a three part process in completion of the author’s senior project thesis in dance. The pieces are entitled: CONTROLLING THE UNcontrollable, a senior project proposal, controlling the UNcontrollable, a mixed media dance piece that can be streamed at, and AGAINST THE TIDE, a mixed media dance piece that can be streamed at

Arlo Tomecek will be showcasing this short book of poetry at the Smolny Institute this Fall 2021. Tomecek’s work has been performed at Luma Studio in Fisher Center in the Fall of 2020 as well as the Spring of 2021. For access to their work, visit

The paper aspect of this project explores the ways in which we process pandemic hardships, climate degradation, the rise of authoritarianism, and interpersonal violence. The piece serves to invigorate individuals and encourage the audience member to connect the external and the internal showcasing the fact that what happens outside of us impacts individuals just as intimately. Highlighting the truth that in order for justice to exist in our larger landscape equity must be employed within our personal relationships. While also emphasizing that justice interpersonal relationships can not fully exist without advocating for communal justice.

Controlling the UNcontrollable incites questions like:

How to find certainty in the uncertain? How to find power when one is made to feel powerless? In hopes to empower the reader through artistic practices.

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