Apr. 05, 2013

Dance Ensemble Celebrating 45 Years With Concerts April 18-21


1995 SUNY Geneseo graduate Melanie Aceto will be among solo performers during the Geneseo Dance Ensemble's concerts April 18-21 celebrating 45 years. (Photo courtesy Paul Hokanson)

GENESEO, N.Y. -- SUNY Geneseo's Dance Ensemble will celebrate 45 years of offering creative movement for students with its presentation April 18 - 21 of "Dancing Past to Present: Celebrating 45 Years." The concerts in Brodie Hall's Alice Austin Theatre will feature alumni artists and current student artists performing works by alumni, faculty and guest artists. The Thursday through Saturday performances begin at 8 p.m. and the Sunday matinee begins at 2 o'clock.

The reunion will include pre-performance dances in the lobby at 7:15 p.m., a pre-concert dialogue with alumni artists at 7:30 p.m.; a slide-show history of 45 years of dance at 7:45 p.m.; and a post-performance dialogue with alumni artists. The performance will feature alumni spanning the years 1976 through 2012.

Tickets are $10.00 and available at the Student Association Ticket Office or online.

The concerts, artistically directed and produced by Professor of Dance Jonette Lancos, will feature solo performances by alumni artists Melanie Aceto from the class of 1995, Mark Broomfield from the class of 1994, Victoria Baeder Helmke from the class of 1997, Alex MacDonald from the class of 2008, and Joseph Roicki from the class of 2002.

Kylee Pike Fassler from the class of 2004 will perform a restaged version of "Falling on Five (Trip Beat)" for current student artists, a work she created as an undergraduate in 2003, set to Dave Brubeck's "Take Five."

Guest artist in residence Jon Lehrer, artistic director of the Buffalo-based company LehrerDance, has choreographed "Murmur," based on the theory of quantum entanglement. Rochester-area professor Shahin Monshipour collaborated with Professor Lancos to create "Persian Dances," also to be performed for the Persian New Year Festival March 24 at the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester.

Alumni artists join current student artists in performing choreographer Bill Evans' lively tap piece "Yes, Indeed!" restaged by Geneseo senior Kaitlin Keller. Evans, currently a visiting professor of dance at SUNY Brockport, is a world-renowned dancer, choreographer, teacher, writer, lecturer, adjudicator, and consultant of movement theory.

"Riddims," a work by Broomfield, visiting assistant professor of dance,will explore the combination of West African movement vocabulary with Jamaican dancehall culture of roots reggae. Professor Lancos has restaged "Pas de Quatre," a Romantic ballet from 1845 recreated by Sir Anton Dolin in 1945, and her optimistic "Energy Fusion," originally created in 2008 to celebrate 40 years of dance.

Assisting Lancos in directing the production are Broomfield and student directors Emily Andrews, Katy Gerber, Jennifer Levy and Felicia Vanacore. Rachel Prell is stage manager of the show with student lighting designers Josh Karp, Kelsey Bendlin, and Rachel Prell, who are mentored by Johnnie Ferrell, associate professor of theater. Crystal Ferrell, visiting assistant professor of theater, is coordinating and designing costumes.

Support for the production is being provided by generous donors to the Dance Studies Program through The Geneseo Foundation.

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