For Immediate Release—Tuesday, March 27, 2007


Mary E. McCrank

Media Relations Officer

(585) 245-5516

SUNY Geneseo Dance Ensemble to Present "Passages"

GENESEO, N.Y.—The School of the Arts at the State University of New York at Geneseo will present the Geneseo Dance Ensemble in "Passages," a concert featuring diverse choreographic works by faculty, guest artists and students.

Performances will be at 8 p.m. April 19-21 and at 2 p.m. April 22 in the Alice Austin Theatre in Brodie Hall. Reserved seating tickets are $7 and are available at the Brodie Box Office, at or by calling (585) 245-5833.

Jonette Lancos, professor of dance, will present three of her new choreographic works: "Explorations for Violin and Piano," a reflective solo to music by Ian Hennings; "Spiked for Percussion," a dynamic trio to music by Glenn Hackbarth; and "Ballet for Now," a captivating dance for ensemble set to music by Ferdinand Herold. Ruben T. Ornelas, assistant professor of dance, contributes his new work, "Jig," a raucous dance to folk music.

The program also will feature works by guest artists Caitlin Gray and Kylee Pike, SUNY Geneseo alumni, and Tom Ralabate, associate professor of dance at the University at Buffalo. Gray will present "Brown Medley," a dynamic work inspired by the music of the godfather of soul, James Brown; and Pike stages, "Falling on Five," an elegant dance of restrained passion set to Stan Getz's, "Take Five." Ralabate will contribute "Deep Awakening," a vibrant modern jazz dance to the music of percussionist Leon Parker.

Gray and Pike received bachelor's degrees from Geneseo in 1998 and 2004, respectively. Gray lives and teaches jazz dance and choreographs in New York City, and Pike is from Rochester and is an MFA candidate at SUNY Brockport. Both were dance minors.

Student choreographers Danielle Rinallo and Courtney Belloff also will contribute dances to the program. Rinallo will present "Awakening/Recovery," a visceral work performed in silence, and "Morning Glory," a dance that explores the ephemeral nature of beauty.  Belloff will stage "Eternal," an emotionally charged dance that deals with mourning.  "Awakening/Recovery" and "Eternal" were recently performed at the American College Dance Festival.

 "Passages" is directed by Ruben T. Ornelas, with Jonette Lancos serving as associate director. The production is supported by student assistant directors Kristina Condidorio and Kaleigh Schwarz. The production team includes Johnnie Ferrell, technical director and lighting designer; Adam West, costume designer; Marc Hurst, stage manager; Ricardo Vazquez and Julie Thiry, assistant stage managers; and student lighting designers.

The Geneseo Dance Ensemble is sponsored by the Academic Affairs Committee, Student Association, Alumni Association, The Geneseo Foundation, Orchesis Student Dance Organization and the School of the Arts.

"We are excited about the new works in this performance and invite the community to celebrate Geneseo Dance Ensemble's 39th year," said Lancos. "We also are thrilled to perform once again with Caitlin and Kylee, who during their years at Geneseo were dance ensemble members and student choreographers."