Nov. 26, 2013

Geneseo Dance Ensemble to Perform ‘46Live: Songs of the Body’ Dec. 5 - 8


GENESEO, N.Y. -- SUNY Geneseo's Department of Theatre and Dance will present an evening of diverse, dynamic original works when the Geneseo Dance Ensemble performs "46Live: Songs of the Body" Dec. 5 - 8 in the Alice Austin Theatre. The concert will feature works choreographed by students of the Dance Studies Program and performed by the Dance Composition class. Thursday through Saturday performances begin at 7:30 p.m. and the Sunday matinee begins at 2 p.m.

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

The concert is artistically directed and produced by Professor of Dance Jonette Lancos and will feature performances by senior Erin Girard, who will perform "Out of Many, One," which explores our human feeling of separateness and the search for direction and truth, inspired by the yogi principle of Namaste and the universal energy that connects us all. "Talking in My Sleep," choreographed by junior Michelle Graham, is a modern, dynamic dance, exploring the duality of the inner self, and how the self interacts with society.

Other performances include "Filtering Light," by senior Megan Killea, is a ballet inspired by her mother's cataract surgery and the new clarity in her sight, specifically with light. "Hindsight," choreographed by senior Jennifer Levy, examines the balance between the past and present self and the endless possibilities of the future. Senior Ashley Palacios has created the dance "She Is..." encompassing the various qualities that women possess making them inspiring individuals.

"Kwaherini," choreographed by senior Emily Wagner, interprets a "goodbye" that celebrates life and love through joyful dancing. "Heartstrings," a contemporary ballet work choreographed by senior Stephanie Willmarth, is a bright, delicate piece that portrays the mutually strong emotional connection between two loved ones.

The dance composition class -- Lisa Cordara, Keriann Dengos, Justine Lazatin, Lindsay Rathbun, Megan Roberts, and Adam Sousa -- will perform final projects using the elements and principles of design as recognized in paintings by Vincent van Gogh (Starry Night, 1889), Georgia O'Keeffe (Deer Horns, 1938), Wassily Kandinsky (Several Circles, 1926), and Leonide Afremov (Misty Mood, 1962).

Joining Lancos in directing the production is Mark Broomfield, assistant professor of dance and recipient of the statewide 2013 SUNY faculty diversity appointment, along with two student assistants: seniors Emily Wagner and Stephanie Willmarth. Students Christopher Quigley and Ryan Richards will stage manage the show. Student lighting designers are Kelsey Bendlin and Rachel Prell, mentored by theatre department faculty and technical director Johnnie Ferrell as well as faculty member Steven Stubblefield. Theatre faculty member Crystal Ferrell has designed and coordinated costumes.

"46Live: Songs of the Body" is supported through generations donors to the Dance Studies Program through The Geneseo Foundation.

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