Nov. 29, 2011

Dance performance highlights talents of faculty, alumni and students

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An upcoming performance by the Geneseo Dance Ensemble highlights the talents of students, faculty and alumni. It is the group's 43rd anniversary and 87th dance concert.

"Ode to Motion"  features works by faculty, guest artists and students under the artistic direction of Professor of Dance Jonette Lancos. The program will include the restaging of two movements of guest artist Sabatino Verlezza's modern work "Tobi Roppo (1986)," a Kabuki term that translated literally means "flying in six directions," pertaining to the physical readiness to move in any direction. The work commemorates the 40th anniversary of the bombing of Nagasaki and Hiroshima. Verlezza is artistic director of Verlezza Dance of Ohio.

Also featured will be work created by Joe Langworth '88. Also, Kylee Pike Fassler '04 will perform.

Lancos and Megan Killea '14 are staging a trio from Act II of "La Bayadère," a Russian classic ballet based on the original by Marius Petipa. Adjunct dance faculty member Heather Acomb '06 will perform a contemporary modern duet.

Featured works by senior students include Jamie Hartle's "Everlasting Happiness," a modern work that captures the process of building positive energy in a quest towards happiness; Lauren Whitehead's "Finally Moving," a commentary on the fast-paced, detached reality of society in terms of personal relationships and a rediscovery of human connections; Joshua Lang's "Undercover," a work about spies who try to take out the bad guys as well as one another, and their eventual discovery of camaraderie; and Allison Bohman's "Run, Don't Walk," a satire that strives to capture the contrast between the intensity and delicacy of the rat race of trying to be the best in life.

"Ode to Motion" is directed by Lancos with Acomb, along with students Emily Andrews and Katy Gerber. Max Manier and Joshua Karp are stage managers with student lighting and costume designers mentored by theater faculty Associate Professor Johnnie Ferrell and Professor Crystal Ferrell. Students of Professor Michael Teres designed the posters.

•"Ode to Motion" shows are Dec. 8, 9 and 10 at 8 p.m. and on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 2 p.m. Tickets for the concert are $7 for reserved seating and are available by visiting the Brodie Hall Box Office or by calling (585) 245-5833.