For Immediate Release
November 3, 2008
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Brockport, NY – The College at Brockport's Department of Dance presents DANSCORE on November 19 – 22, 2008, at 7:30 pm. Performances will be held in the Hartwell Dance Theater, Kenyon Street, on the Brockport campus. The performance on Saturday, November 22 is a special Scholarship Fund Benefit.
The evening includes several world premieres by faculty and guest artists. All of the works fall into the very broad category of modern dance, with movement vocabularies ranging from the gestural and pedestrian to the full-bodied and athletic. The dancers include graduate and undergraduate dance students, all of whom were selected by audition.
Acclaimed dance artist Dianne McIntyre was invited to make a new work by Professor Jacquie Davis, using Brockport dance students, with substantial support from New York State Dance Force. McIntyre, founder of the dance/music ensemble Sounds in Motion, is known for her collaborations with legendary musicians, as well as for Broadway choreography and other theatre/dance works. McIntyre collaborated with three Department of Dance staff musicians on the new work, which was built in an intensive workshop setting.
Davis commented on the project: “It was exciting for the dancers to be in on the process of making a work with a choreographer who has also choreographed for companies such as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre and Dayton Contemporary Dance Company. It was also a great opportunity for the students to participate in a rich collaboration between a choreographer and our talented musicians.”
Visiting Professor Bill Evans is restaging Colony (2001). Evans says about the work: “Several years ago, I was invited to mentor young artists of the Kahurangi Maori Dance Trust in Hastings, New Zealand, as they prepared a dance work for a North American tour. During my time there, some of the dancers took me to their ‘whare runaga,’ or sacred communal meetinghouse. While there, I was fascinated by photographs of their ancestors, Polynesian people wearing restrictive Victorian English clothing and holding rigidly formal postures imposed on them by their British colonizers. Those powerful images were burned indelibly into my memory and were the basis for this work.”
Suzanne Oliver commissioned a new piece of music from Department of Dance staff musician Mark Olivieri. Other faculty who will be premiering works include Darwin Prioleau, Anne Burnidge, Heather Roffe, and Maura Keefe. Keefe also serves as the artistic director for the concert.
Tickets for the performances on November 19, 20 and 21 are $12 for general public, $10/Seniors, College at Brockport Faculty and Staff and $8/Students. Tickets for the Scholarship Fund Benefit are $20 or $8 for College at Brockport students only. All tickets are available by phone at (585) 395-ARTS or at the Tower Fine Arts Center Box Office, 180 Holley Street, Brockport. Tickets may also be available at the Box Office in Hartwell Hall one hour prior to each performance.
The College at Brockport, State University of New York
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