GENESEO, N.Y. -- The State University of New York at Geneseo will feature works by faculty, students and guest artists during its "Connected Kinetics" dance performance April 12-15 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 program will include dance by guest artist Edward J. Murphy Jr., part-time professor of dance at SUNY Brockport and owner of Drumcliffe School of Irish Dance in Rochester, N.Y. The program will feature his restaging of the second section of a traditional Irish work, "Dancing Home in the Heart of Yates," an original piece based on the change in seasons and the effect the changes have on the swans of a mythical lake from an old Irish folk tale. The section is titled "Tealtaithe Loch, translated literally to "vanishing lake."
Also on the program are works by Sabatino Verlezza, artistic director of Verlezza Dance in Ohio, who has restaged two movements of his modern work "Tobi Roppo" (1986), a Kabuki term that translated literally, means ‘flying in six directions' and pertains to the physical readiness to move in any direction. This piece was originally created as a tribute to the 40th anniversary of the bombing of Nagasaki and Hiroshima.
Guest artist and Geneseo alumnus Joe Langworth has staged an emotional work titled Cut Short and alumna Kylee Pike Fassler, has created a flirtatious jazz work to Tierney Sutton's "Route 66." Professor Jonette Lancos and junior Megan Killea have restaged a trio from Act II of "La Bayadère," a Russian classic ballet based on the original by Marius Petipa.
Adjunct Dance faculty Heather Acomb, a 2006 Geneseo alumna, will present a new group work titled "Maria Va." The concert will also feature an energetic modern work that captures the process of building positive energy in a quest towards happiness, choreographed by senior Jamie Hartle and titled "Moving Forward." Hartle's work, along with "Cut Short" and "Tobi Roppo," were recently performed at the American College Dance Festival at Penn State University.
"Connected Kinetics" is directed by Professor Jonette Lancos with Heather Acomb along with seniors Rachael Beckman and Katie Keller. Kelsey Bendlin will be the stage manager for the show, with student lighting designers mentored by theater faculty member Johnnie Ferrell. Professor Michael Teres' students have designed the posters, and costumes have been coordinated by Nicole Carson and Sandy Carroll.
Support for "Connected Kinetics" comes from the generous donors to the Dance Studies Program through The Geneseo Foundation.
Tickets for the concert are $8 for reserved seating and are available by visiting the Brodie Hall Box Office or by calling (585) 245-5873.
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