Feb. 13, 2014

Dance Ensemble Performance Feb. 27-March 2: ‘46Live: New Voices Bold Moves’


GENESEO, N.Y. -- SUNY Geneseo’s Department of Theatre and Dance will present an evening of dynamic works performed by more than 50 student artists when the Geneseo Dance Ensemble performs “46Live: New Voices Bold Moves” Feb. 27- March 2 in the Alice Austin Theatre.  The concert will feature new works choreographed by dance studies faculty and guest choreographers. The Thursday through Saturday performances begin at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinee begins at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $10.00 and available at the Student Association Ticket Office or online.

The concert is artistically directed and produced by Jonette Lancos, professor of dance and artistic director of the dance ensemble. The program will feature “Feardom,” a choreographed collaboration between Mark Broomfield, assistant professor of theatre and dance and a 1994 Geneseo graduate, and guest artists Adrienne Hawkins, artistic director of the Impulse Dance Company at Mount Holyoke College, and consummate cabaret artist Nathan Lee Graham of stage, film and television. The dance work interprets the choices to either live in fear or freedom.

Other performances include an original classical ballet by Lancos,, “Symphony in C: Allegro vivo," inspired by George Balanchine, to music of George Bizet, and a traditional modern work, "In Keeping," based on America’s classic Humphrey-Weidman movement style and technique.

“Swingin’ the Blues” choreographed by adjunct faculty member Deborah Scodese French, a 1985 Geneseo graduate, features a sultry, blues jazz dance with a hint of swing to music by Eva Cassidy and Peggy Lee. “Organisation,” a rhythmic, modern-based work by adjunct faculty member Jody C. DeLoria explores the dichotomy of machines and human systems.

Guest Artist Melanie Aceto, associate professor of dance at the University at Buffalo and a 1995 Geneseo graduate, will present “Merge”, a work for ten dancers to an original score by Liz Holland, where independent individuals sequentially evolve to form a dynamic conglomerate. Another guest artist, Merete Muenter, a New York City choreographer and 1986 Geneseo graduate, staged “Cave Paintings/Hieroglyphics," a two part modern jazz dance focusing on prehistoric storytelling using the artwork of cave paintings and ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs.

"46Live: New Voices, Bold Moves" is directed by Lancos with Broomfield and students Erin Girard and Megan Killea, both seniors. Senior Kelsey Bendlin will stage manage the show, with student lighting designers mentored by theatre faculty and technical director Johnnie Ferrell and Steven Stubblefield, associate professor and chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance.  Crystal Ferrell, visiting assistant professor of theatre and dance, is designing and coordinating the costumes with Nicole Carso, a 2011 Geneseo graduate.

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

Written by College Communications intern Jennifer Kim.

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