Apr. 01, 2010

Geneseo Dance Ensemble to Perform ‘New Dances Editions 2010’ April 15-18

Dance Ensemble

(Ben Gajewski photo)

GENESEO, N.Y. - The State University of New York at Geneseo will feature works by faculty, students and guest artists during its "New Dances Editions 2010" concert April 15-17 in the college's Alice Austin Theater in Brodie Hall. The Thursday through Saturday performances begin at 8 p.m. The Sunday matinee begins at 2 o'clock.

Heading the program will be guest artist Bill Evans' newest piece "Yes, Indeed!" The world- renowned choreographer is a dancer, teacher, writer, lecturer, adjudicator and consultant on movement theory. He has taught and served as an administrator of dance at various universities and companies in many parts of the United States. His performance experience in modern, ballet and tap has spanned the globe and his own compositions have enjoyed international attention. Evans currently is a visiting professor of dance at SUNY Brockport.

Guest artist Heather Acomb, a 2005 SUNY Geneseo alumna, will perform "Ode," her 2009 master of fine arts thesis work at SUNY Brockport. This dance was restaged for the Geneseo Dance Ensemble and accepted in the 2010 Northeast Regional American College Dance Festival.

Concert artistic director Jonette Lancos, professor of dance at Geneseo, will take her audience back to a more romantic time with her restaging of the classical "Pas De Quartre," originally choreographed by Anton Dolin in 1941. Her newest piece is titled "Finding Place" with original music composed and performed by Shane Shanahan.

Ruben Ornelas, assistant professor of dance at Geneseo and associate director of the concert, will present "Herstories," a quirky exploration of the personalities of six dancers, and two new works: "Blue Drag," a piece inspired by the music of blues musician Allen Toussaint, and "Tierra Mojada," a suite of dances performed to the music of Paul Bowles and performed live by Jeffery Fischer.

The concert also will feature works by three senior students: Lauren Pajer's "Inevitable," a piece that explores the intense feelings of anxiety that can accompany change. Professional adjudicators recently selected the work for the 2010 Northeast Regional American College Dance Festival. MaryElisabeth Kimbark and Julia Zdrojewski also will present their final projects from their dance composition course.

Pajer and Marisa Hall are student directors for the concert. The production staff includes Johnnie Ferrell, technical director; Crystal Ferrell, costume designer; Megan Ball, stage manager; and Andrew Tao Li and Jake Fine, lighting designers.

Tickets for the concert are $8 for reserved seating and are available by visiting the Brodie Hall Box Office or bbo.geneseo.edu, or by calling (585) 245-5833.

The Geneseo Dance Ensemble is sponsored by the Geneseo Foundation, the Geneseo Alumni Association, the School of the Arts, Orchesis Dance Club, the supportive Geneseo community, and ensemble family members.

Media Contact:
David Irwin
Media Relations Manager
(585) 245-5516
Irwin@geneseo.edu