The HWS dance department will present “Light,” a production of Mariah Maloney Dance, on Saturday, Nov. 9 in Winn-Seeley Gym Theater. The dance concert will include solos, duets and group ensemble pieces, concluding with the three-part piece “Light.” Drawing inspiration from a sparkler dance that her father performed for Maloney while living in an Alaskan cabin with no electricity, “Light” features dancers interacting with strands of lights and LED costumes.
Following Light’s premier at the 2013 Rochester Fringe Festival in September, City newspaper Critic Casey Carlsen described the performance as, “…a fluttering core of young women leaping and twirling in white night clothes with high-powered, insect-like energy.”
Maloney, artistic director of Mariah Maloney Dance, is a New York based dance artist. From 1995-2002 she performed, lectured and taught around the world as a featured soloist and ensemble dancer with the Trisha Brown Dance Company. She formed her company in 2003 and for the past decade has been invited to perform, teach and create new work throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and South America.
Originally from Homer, Alaska, Maloney grew up listening to her mother play live chamber music inside a small homesteader log cabin. According to her website, “This early relationship to live music informs Mariah’s dance making process today. Improvisation practice in dialogue with choreographic structure and collaborations with artists of other disciplines continues to inform Mariah’s work.”
She has produced at several New York City venues, including La MaMa; The Kitchen; Judson Church; and Danspace Project. Mariah Maloney Dance performed at the prestigious Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out in August of 2012, and at the first Rochester Fringe Festival in 2012. Her relationship with the Trisha Brown Dance Company has continued, and she serves as an international guest artist and directs restaging projects.
Currently an assistant professor at SUNY Brockport, Maloney teaches repertory, improvisation, composition, somatic based technique and serves as the graduate program director. She earned a BFA from Purchase College and an MFA from Hollins/ADF.
Professor of Dance Cynthia Williams met Maloney at Brockport through their mutual friend, Distinguished Visiting Professor William Evans, and has been a longtime supporter of her work as a teacher, choreographer and performer.
“Mariah Maloney’s choreography is sophisticated, beautifully textured, and elegant in its clarity. ‘Light’ is a visual treat, mysterious and moving,” says Williams. “I am so happy to welcome Mariah Maloney Dance to HWS and share her work with our community.”
“Light” will be held in the Winn-Seeley Gym Theater at 7:30 on Saturday, Nov. 9. General admission is $5; HWS students with identification admitted for free.