Geneseo Dance Ensemble In Clear Sight

Dance class

Darwin Prioleau, Ed.D. (SUNY Geneseo/Keith Walters '11)

SUNY Geneseo’s Department of Theatre and Dance Studies proudly presents the Geneseo Dance Ensemble concert In Clear Sight featuring performances by Dance Studies faculty guest artist and student choreographers with 33 performers. The concert, artistically directed, curated, and produced by professor of dance studies Jonette Lancos, will be presented in the Alice Austin Theatre on March 3–5, at 7:30 p.m., and March 6 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 and are available at the Student Association Ticket Office. Masks are required for audience members.

Guest Artist in Residence Darwin Prioleau, EdD, created a traditional jazz work Kat in the Hat to music by Bryan Cummings, “Come Out Swinging.” Dance Studies Professor Jonette Lancos presents Laudamus Te set to music by Antonio Vivaldi; Ballet for Now, a traditional classical ballet; and Pie Jesu to a section of Requiem Mass by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Adjunct instructor Nicolette Ferguson created Pre Post, which considers an examination of the notion that actions after an event are the same as actions before the next event, as it is all interconnected. Adjunct instructor Deborah Scodese-French offers Out of Hiding, based on a journey through the pandemic encompassing fear, isolation, and uncertainty that moves into a hopeful connection to people and life. Adjunct instructor Jody DeLoria created The Cost of Glow, which examines the chemical element radium from its discovery by Marie Currie in 1898 to its use in watch factories in America during World War I.

Guest adjudicator Melanie Aceto selected modern work Miles to Go by Abigail Alessi '22, which explores her journey in dance, and Claquette by Zachary Iannotta '22, which aims to expose people to the art of tap. The Dance Studies faculty selected modern work Perseverance by Natalie Knox '22, which is an exploration of going through life’s hardest challenges.

Samantha Bruno ’21 performs Space Between created for her MFA in Dance audition. A collaboration Length of Lost Time will be presented by Elizabeth Allegro, Kaityn Eck, Jillian Johnson, Vizma Leimanis, Samantha Percy, Emma Piwko, Mary Roberts, Katarina Schmidt, and Grace Shannon as their final project from the dance composition class.

In Clear Sight is directed by Professor Jonette Lancos with student assistants Madison Harding ‘22, Marissa Torcello ‘22, and Jillian Serrano ‘22. Stage managers are Lillie Becker ’22 and Sawyer Wilson ’21. Theatre faculty Johnnie Ferrell is mentoring student lighting designers Alec Atkinson ‘22, Emma Celt ’22, Caysie Doughty ‘21, Tessa Hensler ‘23, and Jake Rogan ’22. The costume shop is supervised by Lisa Miskell with guest costume designer Lindsey Voorhees.

In Clear Sight is supported by generous donations through The Geneseo Foundation from supporters and local businesses. Please join us for the 54th year of Geneseo Dance Ensemble and the 108th dance concert in an evening of diverse, dynamic original dance works.


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