40 for 40: A Collaborative Choreography – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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40 for 40: A Collaborative Choreography

This year’s faculty dance concert “A Collaborative Choreography–Nuggets and Gems” is a tribute to 40 years of women’s studies at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Unlike any concert before, this extravaganza portrays multiple facets of female experience.

“‘Collaborative Choreography’ refers to the creative work shared by dance faculty and students,” says Professor of Dance Donna Davenport, the concert’s artistic director. She explains she “has tasked each of the four choreographers to generate 10 movement nuggets in 15 minutes to result in 40 for 40 years!”

Afro-Caribbean dance, jazz, modern dance, tap, ballet, and theatrical dance will be presented. As a tribute of gratitude to leaders of the women’s studies program, the whole cast dances Lamban as the concert finale. Lamban is a dance of welcome that gives thanks to the keepers of the past.

The concert was choreographed by: Davenport, Kathy Diehl, visiting professor and dancer with the Bill Evans Dance Company; Associate Professor of Dance Michelle Iklé; and Assistant Professor of Dance Kelly Johnson. Thirty two talented student performers will accompany them.

Diehl has choreographed a cluster of contemporary ballet etudes on and off pointe for a cast of 10 Dance Arts Scholars.

Iklé has created a series of theatrical dance studies that conveys a multiplicity of female identities.

Johnson has developed a collection of traditional Afro-Caribbean dances that celebrate community and honor women’s connection to each other and to the music that moves them.

Davenport has composed a string of vignettes of female experience for college women, depicting metaphors of both objectification and empowerment.

The concert’s guest artist is Len Mackey, musician/composer.

“A Collaborative Choreography” takes place in the Winn-Seeley Gym-Theater from Thursday, April 25 through Saturday, April 27. Performances on Thursday and Friday will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday’s concert will be a matinee, at 2 p.m.

Tickets will be sold at the door. HWS students and children are free. All other tickets are $5 each.