The Department of Dance at The College of Brockport is proud to announce a special performance of DANSCORE, its annual faculty-choreographed concert, at the Hochstein School of Music and Dance, 50 North Plymouth Avenue, Rochester, on Saturday, November 20, 2010 at 7:30 pm. This special performance follows two preview performances on Wednesday and Thursday, November 17 and 18 at 7:30 pm at the College’s Hartwell Dance Theatre, Kenyon Street, Brockport. Tickets prices for all performances are $15/General, $10/Seniors, College at Brockport Alumni, Faculty and Staff and $8/Students and are available by phone at (585) 395-ARTS or at the Tower Fine Arts Center Box Office. Visit Fine Arts Series for more information.The performance at Hochstein will be followed by a reception, to which the audience is invited. (Please note: Only cash and checks will be accepted at the door for the November 20 performance at Hochstein.)
The concert’s artistic director, Bill Evans, waxes enthusiastic about the department, but also about the performances: “DANSCORE 2010 features an astonishing variety of contemporary dance styles and moods performed by the most gifted and accomplished of the Department’s pre-professional and returning-professional dance majors. The Hochstein performance is an opportunity for Rochester audiences to begin to learn for themselves why Brockport is considered one of the finest dance departments in North America.” The sometimes entertaining, sometimes thought-provoking and always engaging 90-minute concert features striking new costumes designed and executed by Sandra Cain and lighting by Benoit Beauchamp.
Kathy Diehl, known to city audiences through her long association with the Draper Center for Dance Education, has choreographed a physically poetic dance to music from the “Summer” section of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.
Evans, recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship and many other prestigious awards for his choreography, has created a new work in collaboration with 14 dancers. It is based on images drawn from New Orleans jazz funerals and incorporates imaginative body percussion rhythms, haunting vocalizations, exuberant movement and an historic recording by George Lewis and His Ragtime Band.
James Hansen, whose work on Brockport students has been selected for numerous festivals, including the National College Dance Festival at the Kennedy Center, will share a new work called “Line of Reason,” which strips away the current pop culture emphasis on the spectacular to examine dance in terms of the shaping of space, connecting dance to sculpture and other visual art.
Maura Keefe, chair of the dance department and scholar-in-residence at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, has choreographed an investigation of the shifting notions of a single word in collaboration with a quintet of dancers. “Home” is explored as architecture, as starting point, as destination, as accomplishment (home plate), and as verb (home in on).
Mariah Maloney, who toured the world with the renowned Trisha Brown Dance Company for 11 years, has involved her dancers in the crafting of a dance evocative of the breathtaking grandeur of Renaissance cathedrals, to sections of Missa Solemnis by Joseph-Hector Fiocco, the most important Flemish composer of the first half of the 18th century.
Along with senior dance major Brigid Gillis, Eddie Murphy, internationally-acclaimed director of Rochester’s Drumcliffe School of Irish Dance, will perform an Irish reel, The Road to Ulster, a tribute to his mother and sister.
Suzanne Oliver, former head of dance at San Jacinto College in Texas, has re-staged and will perform in “Madonna,” with senior Sarah Morrill. This dreamlike duet by Rebecca Valls, of the dance faculty at the University of Houston, will be performed to music by Joe Keating.
Darwin Prioleau, dean of the School of the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and former chair of the dance department, has researched the development of the blues in American vernacular jazz dance and music. She will share her unique and entertaining style in a women’s quartet that explores the blues from each woman’s personal perspective.
Heather Roffe, visiting assistant professor, former member of Garth Fagan Dance and co-director of Rochester’s FuturPointe Dance, has choreographed a trio entitled “Text Me,” which explores the ways in which modern technology and current forms of communication shape and re-shape our physical presence in the world.
“Manic Brilliance,” a dance/theater/ vocal improvisation by Juanita Suarez, co-director of the nationally touring Latina Dance Project, will be performed in spontaneous collaboration with musicians Paul Burke, Ed Downey and Adam Groom.
Evans reflected on the accomplishments of the dance department, taking pride in “its influence on the flourishing Flower City dance scene: Garth Fagan Dance has roots in the Department of Dance, where Fagan is a distinguished professor emeritus. Directors and/or performers in almost every other prominent modern dance company in Rochester hold MFA or BFA degrees in dance from the College. Now, nationally-acclaimed Brockport faculty choreographers will be given a venue to share their outstanding work with Rochester audiences.”