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For Immediate Release
October 4, 2013

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Stuart Soloway
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DANCE/Strasser Features Music of the ’60s in MFA Thesis Work

Department of Dance presents DANCE/Strasser beginning October 17, 2013, at 7:30 pm

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Brockport, NY – The College at Brockport's nationally recognized Department of Dance presents DANCE/Strasser beginning October 17, 2013, at 7:30 pm. The dance performances present a variety of new modern and contemporary dance works by graduate students and undergraduate dance majors, showcasing why the dance department is one of four “programs of distinction” at The College at Brockport. The concerts take place on Thursday and Friday, October 17 and 18, 2013, at 7:30 pm, and on Saturday, October 19, with a matinee at 2 pm and a 7:30 pm evening performance in the Rose L. Strasser Performance Studio in Hartwell Hall, Kenyon Street, on the Brockport campus. Tickets are $16/General, $11/Seniors, Alumni, Faculty and Staff, and $8.50/Students. They are available online at fineartstix.brockport.edu, by phone at (585) 395-2787, or at the Tower Fine Arts Center Box Office, 180 Holley Street, Brockport.

All of the dancers were selected at an audition, and several of them were recently seen performing alongside professional dancers at the First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival. An adjudication committee made up of faculty, graduate and undergraduate students selected the choreography.

Graduate student Julia Zdrojewski (MFA ’14) presents the premiere of her thesis work, “In the Margins.” Set to popular music of the 1960s, “In the Margins” considers changing representations of women in popular and literary culture. Background research for Zdrojewski’s choreographic exploration included reading autobiographies by Patti Smith and Sylvia Plath, and a trip to the Women’s Rights National Historic Park in Seneca Falls, NY.

“& Other Pretties,” choreographed by senior Michelle Glynn and danced by eight women, is a quirky piece that provides dancers the opportunity to explore the use of spoken text. Glynn was the 2012 recipient of the Bette Bailey Scholarship for Excellence in Dance, which recognizes “an outstanding continuing dance major who demonstrates high-achievement, artistic and creative ability in dance, and promise as a performer or choreographer.” Glynn has studied choreography at Brockport and at Bates Dance Festival and American Dance Festival, two summer dance intensive programs.

Erin Lowden will show a new solo, “Clement,” made in collaboration with dancer Florianne Jalac. Lowden, a double major in dance and exercise physiology, presented an earlier solo in April at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research at University of Wisconsin, La Crosse. Jalac, a double major in dance and journalism, returned from a semester abroad in London to join Lowden in the creative process.

Maura Keefe, artistic director of the concert, described the intense rehearsal process: “The student concerts are a highlight of the department. The faculty works closely with the students throughout the creative process. Not only does each choreographer have a faculty mentor, all of the works receive choreographic advising from a panel of faculty mentors in the weeks prior to the audition. The commitment to choreographic craft and well rehearsed dancing results in high caliber dances.”

Any remaining tickets will also be available at the Box Office in Hartwell Hall one hour prior to each performance.

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Photo credit: Rebecca Puretz Caption: DANCE/Strasser will be performed October 17 and 18, 2013 at 7:30 pm and October 19 at 2 and 7:30 pm at the Rose L. Strasser Performance Studio in Hartwell Hall, Kenyon Street, Brockport. Visit fineartstix.brockport.edu for tickets.

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