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Roadside Attraction in News, at HWS

Third Rail Projects has brought “Roadside Attraction” to Hobart and William Smith Colleges and the Geneva community from Sept. 10 through 12, with performances on campus as well as at Billsboro Winery on Wednesday, Sept. 11 and at the Geneva Farmers’ Market on Sept. 12.

An article in the Finger Lakes Times featured the work and follows.

Finger Lakes Times
Pop in to Pop-up “Roadside Attraction”
New York City performance group heading to Geneva

Julie Anderson • August 29, 2013

GENEVA – A Big Apple-based dance company is bringing its 1970s-inspired performance here next month.

Third Rail Projects will appear at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Billsboro Winery and the Geneva Farmers Market Sept. 10-12. They will perform “Roadside Attraction” each of those days: Sept. 10 in Bristol Gym, Sept. 11 at Billsboro and Sept. 12 at the farmers market.

Classes, rehearsals and workshops also will be part of Third Rail’s visit. “Roadside Attraction” is set in and around a pop-up camper that has been transformed into a stage.

“This performance is so much fun. The group pulls up, opens up the camper and starts this dance performance,” explained Cynthia Williams, a professor of dance at HWS for the past 27 years. “It’s different because it’s outdoors, and people can say ‘Look at this, it’s different’ because they have never seen this kind of performance in a parking lot… and it is appropriate for all ages.”

On its website, Third Rail says “Roadside Attraction” centers on a mother “who dreams of a life beyond the humdrum of suburban, middle-American family life. Her fantasies come alive in the form of an avatar, a glamorous, fabulous projection of herself who gets to do everything Mom only dreams of, from rekindling a failing relationship with Dad, to ogling her daughter’s strapping young boyfriend.” The show, which premiered in New York City last month, is part of a new genre of “site-specific” productions. “They created a work just to be performed around that camper and its associations with 1970s’ road-trips,” Williams said. “It is not something that will be performed in a theater.”

The performance was created through a partnership formed by the show’s six performers and Third Rail artistic directors Zach Morris, Tom Pearson and Jennine Willett. Audience members are encouraged to bring blankets or folding chairs to sit on during the performances. Admission to all performances and participation in master classes are free. Class participants are asked to register in advance by contacting Williams at 781-3495 or Third Rail is supported by a New York State DanceForce grant. DanceForce is funded through the New York State Council on the Arts and its dance program.

If you go …
Third Rail Projects, a New York City-based dance company, will visit Geneva Sept. 10-12, highlighted by performances of its show “Roadside Attraction” each day. The schedule:
Sept. 10
• 10:20 to 11:45 a.m. – Zach Morris teaches a master class in improvisation in Hobart and William Smith Colleges’ Winn Seeley Dance Studio
• 7 p.m. – Performance of “Roadside Attraction” in Bristol Gym
Sept. 11
• 11:50 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. – Jennine Willett teaches a master class, Intermediate/Advanced Modern Dance Technique, in the Winn Seeley studio. All intermediate/advanced dancers are welcome.
• 1:25 to 2:00 p.m. – Zach Morris speaks to DAN 214 students in Stern Hall 101 about creating and performing site-specific work.
• 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. – An open rehearsal in the Winn Seeley Gym Theater. The session is open for guests to observe.
• 7 p.m. – Performance of “Roadside Attraction” at Billsboro Winery as part of Billsboro’s “Pizza on the Patio” series.
Sept. 12
• 10:30 a.m. – Performance of “Roadside Attraction” at the Geneva Area Farmers Market on Exchange Street