SUNY Geneseo’s Department of Theatre and Dance presents the Geneseo Dance Ensemble in “Dancing on Instinct,” featuring works by student choreographers with 32 performers.
Performances will be held March 2–4 at 7:30 p.m. and March 5 at 2 p.m. in the Alice Austin Theatre in William A. Brodie Hall on campus. Shows are $12 and open to the public. Tickets are available at Student Association Ticket Office or in cash at the door.
The concert is artistically directed and produced by Jonette Lancos, professor of dance studies, who will present “Ballet For Nine.” Guest artist-in-residence Jon Lehrer restaged a contemporary repertoire work “La Follia” to music by Antonio Lucio Vivaldi, La Follia (Concerto grosso Sonata #12 Opus 1).
Other choreography will be presented by adjunct faculty members Nicolette Ferguson, Deborah Scodese-French, and Allison Thomashefski. Guest adjudicators were Garth Fagan Dance principal dancer, rehearsal director, and choreographer Norwood Pennewell, who attended Geneseo, and Lehrer.
Student work features Elizabeth Allegro ’23 and Samantha Percy ’23. “Heavens Above” will be performed by the dance composition class. Skyllar Cicero '23, Abigail Costa '24, Victoria Garland '24, and Olivia Johnson '24 will present their final projects, using the “Elements and Principles of Design” as exhibited in the images taken with the James Webb Space Telescope.
Geneseo's kinesiology class will also perform a Ball Dance, which takes the technique and theory of PhysioBall conditioning beyond exercise.
“Dancing on Instinct” is directed by Lancos in collaboration with senior student assistants Elizabeth Allegro ’23, Samantha Percy ’23, Emma Piwko ’23, and Mary Roberts ’23. Stage manager is Hannarose Manning ’23. Theatre and dance chair Johnnie Ferrell is mentoring student lighting designers Stephanie Billharz ’24 and Tucker Marvin ’24. The costume shop is supervised by Lisa Miskell with guest costume designer Lindsey Voorhees.
The show is supported by The Geneseo Foundation. For ticket information, call 585-245-5873.