DANSCORE celebrates 50 years of Brockport Dance

The Department of Dance is thrilled to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Dance Department with a special DANSCORE that includes choreography by three new faculty members, performances by students, faculty, and guest artists, and the Rochester premiere of Trisha Brown’s iconic dance Set and Reset/Reset. Brockport is the only NY dance department outside of the NYC metropolitan area granted permission to perform this work! Performances begin at 7:30 in Hartwell Theater November 16 and 17 and at Hochstein Theater in Rochester, NY on November 18th.

Set and Reset/Reset was staged by Associate Professor and former Trisha Brown Dance Company member Mariah Maloney. Maloney was assisted by guest artists Irene Hultman and Vicky Shick who together, represent three generations of Trisha Brown dancers who previously performed the historic work. Receiving instruction from these primary sources of movement material was especially profound for the student performers. To build this iconic work, dancers first learned the phrase material, followed by five “rules” or guidelines that Brown used in the process of constructing the work back in 1983. These rules include: line up, act on instinct, play the edge, play with visibility/invisibility, and keep it simple.

Another New York City dance connection in DANSCORE is the premiere of Calving by Julia Burrer. Julia is a new Assistant Professor in the department who became familiar with our program during her time dancing with Doug Varone and Dancers. Varone regularly held his summer workshops at Brockport with Julia and other company members teaching classes throughout the day. It was, in part, that sense of familiarity, that drew her to this new full time teaching position at Brockport. Furthering the Varone connection in this year’s DANSCORE, another former Varone dancer (Adrianne Fang) will be performing as a guest artists in a duet with Assistant Professor Stevie Oakes. Finally, Stevie Oakes has restaged Fang’s trio Conflict/Resolve on students providing another multi-generational NYC dance company experience.

Rounding out the program are the restaging of Lovely by James Hansen which premiered at the prestigious Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in 2009. New Sankofa Artistic Director Jenise Anthony has created a new work entitled Rythmic Vocabularies, Chamber Ballet Director Jennifer Weber is premiering Tenacity Abound, and both Tammy Carrasco and Mariah Maloney will be performing in stunning self choreographed solos. This year’s DANSCORE has truly returned to its roots of providing the highest quality modern dance in western New York.

The legacy of dance training the department has provided over the last 50 years can be seen in every college and professional dance institution in the region and is present across the country. We are regularly recognized as a top training program nationally and one of the top four programs in NY state. In recognition of this milestone anniversary I encourage readers to support our program by donating $50 (tax deductible) to the Friends of Brockport Dance to fund student summer study at national and international dance festivals. As with athletes, dancers must continue to train throughout the year when school is not in session. Summer study activities are essential for the on-going development of necessary skills and often provide a platform for the successful transition into the professional world. Just recently, a student attended a summer festival which began the process for his acceptance into the prestigious David Dorfman Dance Company where he is now a full-time company member. Another student used her funding to pursue and arts administration internship which resulted in a job at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in NYC. Another student has been dancing with NYC’s Gallim Dance for eight years which began through a summer study opportunity. Please consider donating to the department through the “Donate” link on the home page or send a check made out to Friends of Brockport Dance to support our student’s artistic development and future careers.

James Hansen
Interim Chair
Associate ProfessorSet and Rest/Reset

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