The 2011 Faculty Dance Concert will take place in the Winn-Seeley Theater at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 28, and Friday, April 29, and at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 30. Choreographers Kathy Diehl, Professor of Dance Donna Davenport, Jeanne Schickler Compisi ’96, Associate Professor of Dance Michelle Iklé, Assistant Professor of Dance Kelly Kavanaugh, and Professor of Dance Cynthia Williams will all present new work in the concert. Nearly 30 students will join the choreographers on stage in a lively, thought-provoking and visually stimulating night of dance.
The following are the six dance pieces in this year’s event:
Diehl, a guest artist will perform the contemporary ballet piece, “Transcendence,” which explores the process of moving beyond or above perceived obstacles or limitations. How is this process accelerated or impeded by the presence of others? Is there the possibility of collective transcendence? These questions were originally inspired by Eleanor Coerr’s book “Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes.“ An ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds 1,000 origami cranes will be granted a wish typically related to health, longevity and happiness. Seven William Smith dancers comprise the cast: Tristan Bartsch ’13, Kaitlyn Belanger ’11, Bonnie Bushnell ’14, Jessica Kittle ’13, Katherine Marino ’12, Megan Morris ’11 and Sarah Tiedemann ’13.
“Third Wheel” is a trio choreographed and performed by Davenport, Schickler Compisi and Iklé based on a duet that they have all performed at various venues over the past three years. The choreography transformed from a conceptually meaningful duet, to a silly, theatrical negotiation, which celebrates the creative joy of three choreographers re-composing a dance.
“In Blue” is the result of a choreographic collaboration between Iklé and a cast of 11 student dancers. It was inspired by the dynamic relationships between people and water-specifically, people in water. People live in harmony and disharmony with water in some form every day. While developing this work, Iklé was particularly interested in creating a choreographic structure, sound score, costuming, and even title in such a way as to invite multiple plausible narratives. Lines of distinction become blurred as dancers simultaneously represent human form and images of water. The cast includes Rebecca Borsuk ’11, Kathryn Bowering ’11, Karah Charette ’14, Jenna Davidson-Catalano ’14, Caroline Dosky ’12, Abigail Evans ’14, Rebecca Fry ’11, Nichole Geary ’11, Sara McKinney ’14, Andres Rios ’11 and Anthony Yeboah ’13.
Williams’ piece “Aftermath” explores memory, choice, and questions of how we hold onto humanity in the face of great obstacles. Based on images suggested by Steven Galloway’s novel “The Cellist of Sarajevo,” Williams’ choreography traverses a landscape under siege with the sounds of Albinoni’s “Adagio in G Minor” and Clint Mansell’s haunting score from “Moon.” Five William Smith dancers, Tristan Bartsch ’13, Kaitlyn Belanger ’11, Megan Colburn ’13, Abigail Evans ’14 and Jordunn Joubert’13 comprise the cast.
Kavanaugh’s new solo, “Consider this a warnin’,” speaks of frustration and overcoming frustration with combative ferocity and self indulgence. Her second piece in the concert, “Fist full of Quills,” was created to feature the beauty and juxtaposition of her diverse cast of dancers by showcasing each of the dancer’s personal relationship to Kavanaugh’s movement aesthetic. The large cast of 13 dancers is varied in their physical appearance, dance training and well as natural movement tendencies, and Kavanaugh’s choreography highlights these unique differences. Dancers include Marissa Biondolillo ’11, Rebecca Borsuk ’11, Kathryn Bowering ’11, Bonnie Bushnell ’14, Alex Cragg ’13, Emily Dove ’14, Dana Florin-Weiss ’13, Nichole Geary ’11, Jaheem Green ’12, Jordunn Joubert ’13, Megan McCullough ’14, Denisse Polanco ’11 and Sharon Ress ’11.
For more information, please contact Cadence Whittier, associate professor of dance, at 315-781-3949 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Admission for HWS students will be free; tickets for general admission are $5.