This spring, the faculty of the HWS Dance Department will present a dance piece specially composed for them by internationally renowned choreographer and performer William “Bill” Evans.
It will be the first time that all HWS Dance faculty – Professor of Dance Donna Davenport, Associate Professor of Dance Michelle Iklé, Assistant Professor of Dance Kelly Johnson, Professor of Dance Cadence Whittier and Professor and Chair of Dance Cynthia Williams – will perform together in a single piece.
“It’s always a gift when a choreographer creates a work just for you,” says Williams, who has known Evans for more than four decades. “This piece has been created from scratch for the five of us. What’s special, and really quite wonderful, is that William has looked at us as individuals and dancers who each bring certain strengths. It’s incredibly generous of him to create this and there’s really nothing more unique.”
Scheduled to debut at the Faculty Dance Concert on April 20-22, Evans’ new piece, currently entitled “Looming,” is set to composer Felix Mendelssohn’s Sonata for Violin and Piano in F minor. It’s also anticipated that the nine-minute piece will be presented during the 5th Annual Somatic Dance Conference and Performance Festival at HWS, July 5-8. Williams serves as co-director of the Somatics conference.
Evans visited campus for several days in December 2016 to create the piece and conduct the initial rehearsals with HWS Dance faculty. He will return in March to put the finishing touches on the choreography.
About William “Bill” Evans
Evans is professor emeritus at The College at Brockport and distinguished professor emeritus at the University of New Mexico. Recently celebrating its 42nd anniversary, Bill Evans Dance Company has appeared in 50 states and 24 countries. Evans has been awarded numerous prestigious fellowships and grants, including awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Guggenheim Fellowship and Lifetime Achievement Awards from the National Dance Education Organization, the American Dance Guild and Dance Teacher Magazine.