Student Choreographers Offer “Collaborations” – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
The HWS Update

Student Choreographers Offer “Collaborations”

The dance department will host its junior/senior choreographers’ concert, “Collaborations” on Friday, March 28, and Saturday, March 29, at 7:30 p.m. in the Winn-Seeley Theatre.

This year’s concert is advised by Professor of Dance Donna Davenport and includes choreography from Emily Bower ’15, Bonnie Bushnell ’14, Karah Charette ’14, Jenna Davidson-Catalano ’14, Mary Dinan ’15, Emily Dove ’14, Sara McKinney ’14, and Kaitley Wozer ’15. A range of contemporary works will be performed, including original and live music and prose as well as guest performers from the Geneva community. Titles include: “To the Moon and Back,” “Proprietary,” “It’s an Education,” “Newsprint,” “Derivations of,” “Colors Collide,” “Concealment,” “Excerpt from “Belonging,” “Solas” and “Chiaroscuro.”

The first senior choreographers’ concert premiered in 1996 when dance major Jeanne Schickler Compisi ’96 produced a solo concert. Schickler Compisi received her MFA in Dance from NYU-Tisch School of the Arts a few years later and now performs with BIODANCE company and runs her own private Pilates studio in Rochester.

In 2010, the dance department opened the annual show to juniors and is now a platform whereby declared junior and senior dance majors and minors who have taken classes in dance composition can perform their work in a formal concert. Only dances deemed compositionally strong are included in the concert. Students must have proposals approved in the fall semester and there are two showings of works in progress. The department faculty attend the first showing to see the dances in their early phases and offer each choreographer critique on his/her work. An outside reviewer comes to adjudicate the second showing, at which point dances must be finished and mostly polished.

Admission to the junior/senior choreographers’ concert is free. Choreographers will be collecting donations at the door for kitchen supplies for the Geneva Community Lunch Program.