By Kevin Warner, Department Chair, and Stuart Soloway, Fine Arts Coordinator for The College at Brockport
DANSCORE Brings Brockport to Rochester Venue for November 16 Performance
Brockport Performances on November 14 and 15
The Department of Dance at The College at 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 16, 2013 at 7:30 pm. This special performance follows two preview performances on Thursday and Friday, November 14 and 15 at 7:30 pm at the College’s Hartwell Dance Theatre, Kenyon Street, Brockport. Ticket prices for all performances are $16/General, $11/Seniors, College at Brockport Alumni, Faculty and Staff and $8.50/Students and are available by phone at (585) 395-ARTS or at the Tower Fine Arts Center Box Office or online at fineartstix.brockport.edu.
Visit www.brockport.edu/finearts 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 16 performance at Hochstein.)
The concert’s artistic director, Kevin Warner, is enthusiastic about the performances: “This year’s DANSCORE offers a diverse range of contemporary dance, choreographed by faculty recognized both nationally and internationally for their work, and performed by the most accomplished of the Department’s pre-professional dance majors. The Hochstein performance is an opportunity for Rochester audiences to begin to learn why the department has been recognized as a “Program of Distinction,” and why the department continues to recruit from among the best and brightest dance students in the country.” The sometimes entertaining, sometimes thought-provoking and always engaging 75-minute concert features striking new costumes created by Emma Scholl and lighting by Benoit Beauchamp.
Among works to be presented are six premieres, created especially for this concert.
Mariah Maloney work emerged from a dialogue with Syracuse-based artist Leo Crandall at the Rochester Fringe Festival, when she and three of her dancers attended his concert. Maloney says, “I was very inspired and have since reached out to him… We are now discussing future collaborations and I am thrilled to be in dialogue with his music in le jardin d’une vingtaine de sculptures!” She also was inspired by her ongoing collaboration with costume designer Artist Emma Scholl, and says that their collaboration “deeply informs this new work and brings the idea of flying, gardens and garden sculptures forward.”
Stevie Oakes, Visiting Assistant Professor, collaborated with her dancers to create PERFORMANCE IN PROCESS, a dance on pointe with a modern twist. Oakes presented movement phrases which were crafted and explored by the dancers and coached by student ballet master Zachary Frazee. Oakes then refined and shaped the material into the finished dance that will be presented.
Other premieres will be presented by faculty James Hansen, Juanita Suarez, Kevin Warner and Vanessa VanWormer. Khalid Abdul N’Faly Saleem, musical director of Sankofa African Dance and Drum Ensemble, will also perform an original composition inspired by the African diaspora.
William (Bill) Evans, Visiting Professor revives a more recent work, COLONY (2001), for fifteen dancers. This work was inspired by time that Evans spent sharing his dance technique with young Maori artists of the Kahurangi Dance Theatre in Hastings, New Zealand.