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HWS Dancers to Perform at Festival

HWS professors, a William Smith alumna and two current students are slated to perform four dances in the upcoming Locally Grown Dance Festival hosted by Cornell University. The festival, which kicks off on Thursday, March 3, at 7:30 p.m. in the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, will feature pieces by local performers in a showcase of dance, music, theater, poetry and film.

Associate Professor of Dance Michelle Iklé and Professor of Dance Donna Davenport with Jeanne Schickler Compisi ’96 will present “Third Wheel,” which they premiered at the Feb. 4 inspireDANCE Festival at the University of Rochester. The trio is a composition re-envisioned, dramatically transforming a 2007 duet, “Inside the Box,” that had been performed seven times in multiple venues.  Schickler Compisi and Iklé performed the same role as Davenport’s duet partner in different cities, from Ithaca, N.Y., to Tacoma, Wash.  The new dance, to music by Buena Vista Social Club, is a piece about a piece, a trio about seeking a trio, dancers in duets negotiating relationships and isolation playfully.

Iklé will also present “Spin,” with Associate Professor of Dance Cadence Whittier. The dance comically and satirically explores the “spin” of political pundits. Verbal discourse is translated into physical action through exaggerated body attitudes, repetitive but familiar gestures, and “noisy” combative interactions. Both “Third Wheel” and “Spin” were produced by Rochester Contemporary Dance Collective’s Dance Dialogues project.

In addition to her performance in “Third Wheel,” Schickler Compisi is also presenting “Trapped at Tea” with former HWS Assistant Professor of Dance Missy Pfohl Smith. Originally co-choreographed in 2005 by Schickler Compisi and NYC-based choreographer Ivy Baldwin, the piece was re-commissioned in 2010 by BIODANCE for their fall season at Geva Theatre in Rochester, N.Y. “Trapped at Tea” profiles two haughty women who wrestle with the confinement of societal norms and the opportunity, however fleeting, to break free from the entrapment of their station.  The creation of this piece was strongly influenced by the ever present battle with small NYC spaces and the performers’ aspirations financed by long hours spent waiting tables in upscale restaurants. 

William Smith seniors Kathryn Bowering ‘11 and Nichole Geary ‘11 will present “It’s Just Not Urgent Enough,” in the Student Repertory Concert that evening. The piece is a conversation in movement between two long-time friends and explores the unique relationship between two individuals who have known each other over a lifetime, commenting on the urgency (or lack thereof) that exists in their communication.

For a complete schedule and more information on the event, visit http://theatrefilmdance.cornell.edu/events/lgdf.cfm

To buy tickets, visit http://www.schwartztickets.com, call 607-254-2787 or visit the box office from 12:30-4 p.m. weekdays at the Schwartz Center, 430 College Ave.

The photo above features Bowering and Geary performing “It’s Just Not Urgent Enough.”