This April, Professor of Dance Donna Davenport’s choreographic work, “Belles of Hell,” was featured during the professional recital, “Music Village,” a collaborative performance of original musical compositions by Finger Lakes Community College Professor of Music David McGuire.
Her piece complemented McGuire’s “Purgatorio,” an electronic composition that evokes Dante. It was Davenport’s 50th formal piece of choreography for a concert venue since joining the faculty of the Colleges in 1990.
“When David McGuire invited me to bring dance to his music recital, I jumped at the opportunity, having collaborated with him before,” Davenport says. “His music, ‘Purgatorio,‘ is rhythmic, unpredictable, textured and haunting.”
“Music Village” was held on Friday, April 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the FLCC main campus auditorium at 3325 Marvin Sands Drive, Canandaigua, N.Y. For the event, McGuire selected a wide array of works ranging in style and written during the past 20 years.
Kaitley Wozer ’15 also performed during “Music Village.” Currently, Wozer is pursuing a job in biomedical research, as well as teaching and working on her choreography. Last year, Wozer conducted a joint Honors project in dance and biology, titled “Viral Bodies.” Davenport served as her adviser.
“The wide range of sounds and patterns in the ‘Purgatorio’ track lends itself to movement choices that call upon our training in a number of different dance disciplines,” Wozer says.
In addition to presenting “Belles of Hell,” Davenport used the rich electronic score for her student dance ensemble that will be presented during the Faculty Dance Concert at HWS. The Faculty Dance Concert runs on Thursday and Friday, April 21 and 22 at 7:30 p.m., and on Saturday, April 23, at 2 p.m. in the Deming Theatre of the Gearan Center for the Performing Arts.
“It has been truly an honor to be swimming in this tantalizing music for months as we prepare for both of these April concerts,” says Davenport who adds choreographing two different dances to the same piece of music simultaneously is unusual. “This has been the choreographic challenge I have given myself this semester.”
Professor of Dance Donna Davenport holds the John Milton Potter Professorship which recognizes her scholarship in choreography, performance and dance education. She is a prolific choreographer and frequent performer, focusing her work in recent years in the Rochester area, including collaboration with BIODANCE company for their year-long community dance and social justice series. Her recent commissioned work, “Lined Up for Injustice,” opened the concert at Geva Theatre for the 2015 Rochester Fringe Festival. Davenport coordinates the HWS Social Justice Studies Program and was named the 2014 Civically Engaged Faculty of the Year. Davenport holds both an Ed.D. and an M.Ed. in dance education from Temple University, and a B.F.A. in dance and a B.A. in psychology from University of Massachusetts.