Apr. 03, 2013

Geneseo Dance Ensemble celebrates 45 years with concert


Melanie Aceto' 95 will be among solo performers during the Geneseo Dance Ensemble's concert April 18 through 21 celebrating 45 years. /PHOTO COURTESTY OF PAUL HOKANSON






Alumni are returning to campus and collaborating with faculty and students this semester in celebration of a milestone— the Geneseo Dance Ensemble's 45-year anniversary.

On April 18 through 21,the Dance Ensemble presents "Dancing Past to Present: Celebrating 45 Years" in the Alice Austin Theater in Brodie Hall. The program features alumni artists and current student artists performing works by alumni, faculty and guest artists. Thursday through Saturday performances begin at 8 p.m. and the Sunday matinee begins at 2 o'clock.

The reunion performance will highlight dances in the lobby at 7:15 p.m., pre-concert dialogue with alumni artists at 7:30 p.m.; a slide-show history of 45 years of dance at 7:45 p.m.; and a post-performance dialogue with alumni artists. The concert will feature alumni spanning the years 1976 through 2012 to commemorate 45 years of dance. Tickets are $10 and available at the Student Association Ticket Office or online.

The concert, artistically directed and produced by Professor of Dance Jonette Lancos, will feature solo performances by alumni artists Melanie Aceto '95, Mark Broomfield '94, Victoria Baeder Helmke '97, Alex MacDonald '08, Joseph Roicki '02 and Kylee Pike Fassler '04.

Guest artist in residence Jon Lehrer, artistic director of the Buffalo-based company LehrerDance, has choreographed "Murmur," based on the theory of quantum entanglement. Rochester-area professor Shahin Monshipour collaborated with Lancos to create "Persian Dances," which will also be performed for the Persian New Year Festival on March 24 at Rochester's Memorial Art Gallery.

Alumni artists join current student artists in performing choreographer Bill Evans' lively tap piece "Yes, Indeed!" restaged by senior Kaitlin Keller. Evans, a visiting professor of dance at SUNY Brockport, is a world-renowned dancer, choreographer, teacher, writer, lecturer, adjudicator, and consultant of movement theory.

"Riddims," a work by Broomfield, visiting assistant professor of dance, will explore the combination of West African movement vocabulary with Jamaican dancehall culture of roots reggae. Lancos has restaged "Pas de Quatre," a Romantic ballet from 1845 recreated by Sir Anton Dolin in 1945, and her optimistic "Energy Fusion," originally created in 2008 to celebrate 40 years of dance.

Assisting Lancos in directing the production are Broomfield and student directors Emily Andrews, Katy Gerber, Jennifer Levy and Felicia Vanacore. Rachel Prell is stage manager of the show with student lighting designers Josh Karp, Kelsey Bendlin, and Rachel Prell, who are mentored by Johnnie Ferrell, associate professor of theater. Crystal Ferrell, visiting assistant professor of theater, is coordinating and designing costumes.

Support for the production is being provided by generous donors to the Dance Studies Program through The Geneseo Foundation.