Open and lofty, glimmering hardwood floors and large windows: The Cracker Factory is a venue that never fails to impress. This year, Finger Lakes Dance! plans to use the space wisely, presenting “Ref-use: Recycle and Reuse” on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 14 and 15 at 7:30 p.m.
With a theme of recycling: live music, drama, and art will come together to make one eclectic night and collaboration. The artists will range from HWS faculty, to HWS alums, and professional Finger Lakes artists. The artists of the Finger Lakes include: choreographers, Associate Professors of Dance Michelle Iklé and Cadence Whittier, Jeanne Goddard, Missy Pfohl Smith, and Professor of Dance Donna Davenport, and the Rochester-based dance company BIODANCE. Musicians will include Assistant Professor of Music Mark Olivieri, Dennis Mariano, and Steve Stull, and visual artists Brandon Phillips and Allen C. Topolski.
“Enchant A Throw Away Suite” encompasses the idea of giving new purpose to the discarded: whether that be a physical object or an old idea. The text and title of the suite was written by Professor of Women’s Studies Betty Bayer and the text is performed by professional musician Steve Stull. Oliveri’s recycled instruments (old strings and even bicycle wheels, glass bottles, and buckets!) will direct the performance. This exuberant choreography will be surrounded by a recycled setting put together by Iklé and Whittier: cut up shopping bags lying over large hula hoops, hanging from the ceiling.
All night, the theme of recycling will be in the air, from top to bottom. “Command: Re-Use,” a piece choreographed by Davenport will include faculty member Kelly Kavanaugh and alum dancers Kathryn Bowering’11, Rebecca Borsuk’11, and Nichole Geary’11. This piece mocks a choreographer’s desire to recycle movement and the lunacy that results from repetition.
This innovative event will never show a dull moment; audience members are encouraged to arrive early and leave late. After the concert, there will be a chance to interact with the recycled musical instruments as well as the art installations featured. To secure your spot, tickets will be available at the College Store (51 St. Clair St., Geneva) and Normal Bread Bakery (111 Washington St., Geneva). Otherwise, tickets can also be purchased at the door. The Cracker Factory opens its doors to all, dancers, spectators, artists, old and young!
Support is provided in part with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Program, which is administered by Phelps Arts Center.