GENESEO, N.Y. - The State University of New York at Geneseo will feature works by faculty, guest artists and students during its "Ode to Motion" dance performance Dec. 8-11 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.
The concert is 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 guest artists and Geneseo alumni Joe Langworth and Kylee Pike Fassler. Langworth, a 1988 graduate, will present his new work "Cut Short," and Fassler, a 2004 graduate, will present a new flirtatious jazz work to Tierney Sutton's "Route 66."
Lancos and sophomore Megan Killea 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, a 2006 Geneseo graduate, will present a contemporary modern duet called "Dos Dances para Ti."
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 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 Johnnie Ferrell and Crystal Ferrell. Professor Michael Teres' students have designed the posters.
Tickets for the concert are $7 for reserved seating and are available by visiting the Brodie Hall Box Office, bbo.geneseo.edu, or by calling (585) 245-5833.
Support for concert comes from the generous donors to the Dance Studies Program through The Geneseo Foundation.
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