Nov. 28, 2012

Dance Ensemble is "Rising to New Heights"


Felicia Vanacore rehearses for the Geneseo Dance Ensemble's upcoming performances, which feature performances and choreography by faculty, students, alumni and guests. "Rising to New Heights" runs Dec. 6 through Dec. 9. /PHOTO BY KEITH WALTERS '11



Students, faculty, alumni and guest artists will showcase new works and other pieces in the Geneseo Dance Ensemble's "Rising to New Heights" performances Dec. 6 through 9.

Professor of Dance Jonette Lancos will artistically direct and produce the show, which features artistic director of the Buffalo-based company LehrerDance, Jon Lehrer, who choreographed "Murmur." "Murmur" is based on the theory of quantum entanglement, which occurs when particles such as protons, electrons and molecules interact physically and then become separated. Rochester-area professor Shahin Monshipour collaborated with Lancos to create "Persian Dances," which will be performed here and at a Persian New Year festival at the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester on March 24.

"Riddims," a work in progress by Mark Broomfield '94, visiting assistant professor of dance, explores the combination of West African movement vocabulary with the Jamaican dancehall culture of roots reggae. He also restaged "Nobody Knows the Way I Feel This Morning" (1999). It captures the love, loss, frustration and anger of dealing with relationships.

Lancos has restaged "Pas de Quatre," a Romantic ballet originally choreographed by Sir Anton Dolin in 1945. She also created "Dances for Remy" (2012). Dedicated to Remy Charlip, dancer and children's author (1929-2012), it uses figure drawings by Erin Fassinger sent by mail to recreate Charlip's concept of Air Mail Dances. The dance composition and kinesiology classes will also perform under her direction. Seniors Emily Andrews, Sydney Axelrod, Rachael Beckman, Josephine Champlin, Katie Keller, and Jessica Maslyn will present original dance compositions.

Joining Lancos in concert direction is Broomfield, along with seniors Dana Besmanoff, Champlin and Maslyn. Kelsey Bendlin will stage manage the show, with student lighting designers mentored by theatre faculty member Johnnie Ferrell. Theatre faculty member Crystal Ferrell has coordinated costumes.

Support for the program comes from the generous donors to the Dance Studies Program through The Geneseo Foundation.

  • The Department of Theatre and Dance Geneseo Dance Ensemble performs "Rising to New Heights" Dec. 6 through 9 in the colleges' Alice Austin Theater in Brodie Hall, featuring works by students, faculty, and guest artists. Thursday through Saturday performances are at 8 p.m. The Sunday matinee begins at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 and available at the Student Association Ticket Office or online.