Heather Roffe, Visiting Assistant Professor of dance at the College at Brockport in 2010-11 is co-director of FuturPointe Dance, a company formed in 2009. FDP has already presented two seasons at GEVA Theatre in Rochester, as well as performing at various festivals in New York City, Buffalo, Syracuse, Auburn and Rochester, NY. This May FuturPointe performed with Buffalo Opera Unlimited & Afro-American Symphony at the UB Center for the Arts (Amherst) in a work entitled SAHDJI. This historic work with a contemporary twist was set to a 1930 score by William Grant Still.
Co-directors Guy Thorne, N’jelle Gage and Heather Roffe, along with company members, developed the company as a way to broaden the spectatorship of modern dance through a blending of their various backgrounds and professional dance experience. FPD is a fusion company – combining dancers and choreographic styles from a variety of genres and training, including modern dance, Caribbean, African, Latin, ballet, and theater. The company’s current repertory includes works influenced by Jamaican folk dance, Argentine tango, African dance, contact improvisation, ballet, and modern dance. The directors also develop and produce their own short dance films and collaborate with other artists to create unique mixed media presentations. Resident choreographers Roffe and Thorne have been working on new repertory for their upcoming Summer 2011 performances. Roffe also traveled in Jan. 2011 to set some of her FPD choreography and create additional new work on Contrapose Dance, a contemporary ballet company in Boston.
You can see FuturePointe at Nazareth College Arts Center Dance Festival on July 9th in a performance in conjunction with Rochester City Ballet.