Nov. 20, 2012

Geneseo Dance Ensemble to Perform 'Rising to New Heights' Dec. 6 - 9


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 "Rising to New Heights" Dec. 6 - 9 in the colleges' Alice Austin Theater in Brodie Hall, featuring works by students, faculty, and guest artists. The Thursday through Saturday performances begin at 8 p.m. The Sunday matinee begins at 2 o'clock.

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

The concert, artistically directed and produced by Professor of Dance Jonette Lancos, will feature artistic director of the Buffalo-based company LehrerDance, Jon Lehrer, who choreographed Murmur. It is based on the theory of quantum entanglement, which occurs when particles such as protons, electrons, and molecules interact physically and then become separated. Rochester-area professor Shahin Monshipour collaborated with Lancos to create "Persian Dances," to be performed here and at a Persian New Year festival at the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester on March 24th.

"Riddims," a work in progress by Mark Broomfield a 1994 Geneseo alumnus and visiting assistant professor of dance, explores the combination of West African movement vocabulary with Jamaican dancehall culture of roots reggae. He also restaged "Nobody Knows the Way I Feel This Morning" (1999). Through a riveting solo dance followed by a powerhouse trio performed to the music of Aretha Franklin, it captures the love, loss, frustration, and anger of dealing with relationships.

Lancos has restaged "Pas de Quatre," a Romantic ballet originally choreographed by Sir Anton Dolin in 1945. She also created "Dances for Remy" (2012). Dedicated to Remy Charlip, dancer and children's author (1929-2012), it uses figure drawings by Erin Fassinger sent by mail to recreate Charlip's concept of Air Mail Dances. The dance composition and kinesiology classes will also perform under her direction. Seniors Emily Andrews, Sydney Axelrod, Rachael Beckman, Josephine Champlin, Katie Keller, and Jessica Maslyn will also present original dance compositions.

Joining Lancos in concert direction is Broomfield along with seniors Dana Besmanoff, Josephine Champlin, and Jessica Maslyn. Kelsey Bendlin will stage manage the show, with student lighting designers mentored by theatre faculty member Johnnie Ferrell. Theatre faculty member Crystal Ferrell has coordinated costumes.

Support for the program comes from the generous donors to the Dance Studies Program through The Geneseo Foundation.

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