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For Immediate Release
March 16, 2009

For more information, contact
Stuart Soloway
(585) 395-2797
ssoloway@brockport.edu

Best of Brockport Concert Highlights Achievements in Dance - Gala Performance is Benefit for Scholarship Fund

Press Release Photo Photo by Jim Dusen

Brockport, NY – Under the artistic direction of visiting professor/guest artist Bill Evans, The College at Brockport’s world-renowned Department of Dance is presenting the Best of Brockport Dance 2009, featuring an elegant reception and stunning dance concert including the finest recent works created for and by the department’s students. In order to heighten awareness of the Brockport dance program, the April 4 event will be held at the Jewish Community Center, 1200 Edgewood Avenue, Rochester, NY. The pre-concert reception, starting at 6 pm, will be a feast for the eyes and the taste buds, as it will include delectable cuisine and libations and inventive, entertaining and informal dance performances and music by Brockport faculty and student artists. The concert will begin promptly at 8 pm. Ticket prices are $75 for the concert and reception, and $37.50 for the concert only. The event is a benefit for the Department of Dance’s incoming student scholarship fund.

For the campus community, there will be two preview performances of Best of Brockport Dance 2009 in the College’s Hartwell Dance Theater on Thursday and Friday, April 2 and 3, 2009 at 7:30 pm. Tickets for these performances are $12, $10/Seniors and Brockport faculty and staff, and $8 for students, and are available by phone at (585) 395-ARTS or at the Tower Fine Arts Center Box Office, 180 Holley Street, Brockport.

The 90-minute concert will present choreography by several members of the faculty, two outstanding students and a distinguished guest artist. It will showcase vibrant, diverse and eloquent performances by almost 50 selected undergraduate and graduate artists and several faculty artists as well. A vast array of styles, techniques and world views make the Department of Dance’s faculty as varied as its students. Award-winning faculty artists represented in the program are: Bill Evans, James Hansen, Habib Iddrisu, Maura Keefe, Suzanne Oliver and Darwin Prioleau. Faculty/Staff musical artists who will share their work in live performance are James Joseph Kaufmann, Greg Ketchum and Khalid Abdul N’Faly Saleem. The evening’s celebrated guest choreographer is Dianne McIntyre. Senior BFA candidate Sarah Moore and MFA candidate Kelly Kavanaugh complete the roster.

Guest artist Dianne McIntyre worked in collaboration with musicians Kaufmann, Ketchum and Saleem and a large cast of student dance artists over a period of several months to create “Club,” a strikingly athletic and contemporary investigation and celebration of community. Bill Evans’ “Colony” is a penetrating and rhythmically compelling look at the history of the indigenous population of New Zealand, the Maoris, and their struggles with identity under British colonization.

The Sankofa African Dance and Drum Ensemble, under the artistic direction of professor Clyde Alafiju Morgan, will perform a drumming piece led by Khalid Saleem and a South African “Gumboot Dance” recreated by Habib Iddrisu. Historians believe the gumboot dance likely originated among South African gold miners; many of the original steps and routines were parodies of the officers and guards who controlled the mines and workers' barracks.

Conflict in Light,” a modern/jazz/theater work choreographed by dance department chair, Darwin Prioleau, incorporates dance, text and song to explore the intrinsic need of the human spirit for hope. Suzanne Oliver’s solo, “Swan Song,” is a poignant exploration of loss, brokenness and the incredible tenacity of the human spirit.

James Hansen’s “Shaken with a Twist” is a light-hearted and quirky duet that presents a couple caught in a churning yet not too serious frustration of daily life. During the summer of 2009, this dance will be produced in national dance festivals in New York, Chicago and Virginia. “Inching Toward Abandon” was choreographed by Maura Keefe, in collaboration with two undergraduate and two graduate students to music by One Ring Zero. It reveals an odd sense of community.

Kelly Kavanaugh will present an excerpt from her MFA thesis entitled “Time to Come to Standing,” a rhythmic and kaleidoscopic exploration of community and the self within. Sarah Moore’s “Go Get” depicts a dancer becoming helpless in a situation that takes total control over her by the end of the piece.

Remaining tickets for the April 2 and 3 performances may also be available at the Box Office in Hartwell Hall one hour prior to each performance, and may also be available at the JCC Box Office beginning at 6 pm for the April 4 performance. A portion of the ticket price to the April 4 benefit performance is tax-deductible: For the $75 concert and reception ticket, $30 is tax-deductible. The gift portion of the $37.50 concert only ticket is $7.50.

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