Featuring the choreography of four Hobart and William Smith Dance Department faculty members, the 2016 Faculty Dance Concert will run Thursday and Friday, April 21 and 22 at 7:30 p.m., and on Saturday, April 23, at 2 p.m. This is the first Faculty Dance Concert in Deming Theatre of the Gearan Center for the Performing Arts.
The concert will showcase the artistry of the department’s Dance Ensemble students, guest artists and several Dance alumnae from 2001-2015. The pieces of choreography are by Professor of Dance Donna Davenport, Associate Professor and Chair of Dance Michelle Iklé, Assistant Professor of Dance Kelly Johnson and Professor of Dance Cynthia Williams.
Davenport will present two new choreographic works to the textured electronic music of Finger Lakes Community College (FLCC) Professor of Music David McGuire’s “Purgatorio” score. Her pieces will include “We Are They,” an ensemble about difference performed by seven HWS students, and a solo from Davenport’s “Belles of Hell” performed by guest artist Kathy Diehl. “Belles of Hell” is also part of McGuire’s “Music Village” recital on Friday, April 15 at FLCC.
Iklé will present “Landscapes: Explorations with Fabric and Glass,” featuring nine student dancers and six alumnae dancers moving in an environment of fabric panels and the sonic landscape of composer Philip Glass. First presented in 2009, Iklé decided to restage the piece while in conversation with William Smith alumnae at Reunion 2015; their excitement over the Gearan Center – only a dream when they were students – encouraged Iklé to reconnect them with their dance past and provide a chance to perform with current HWS students.
For the Faculty Dance Concert, Johnson has created “Back Burner on High,” a series of feminist assertions through the nuanced expressions of Jamaican dancehall. The ensemble piece showcases eight William Smith students in a new perspective on the traditionally male-dominated dance form. “Straw Hats and Swiss Cheese” is a playful choreographic collaboration between Johnson and William Smith Dance alumnae Emily Dove ’14 and Kaitley Wozer ’15.
Williams has restaged choreography from 2006, “Absent Presence.” An elegiac piece, “Absent Presence” is danced by five William Smith students in an atmosphere of reflected light from six strands of suspended prisms. The piece is a meditation on loss and metaphors of light.
An artist-audience talk back will follow the evening performances. General admission tickets are $5 (HWS students are free with I.D.) and will be available at the Gearan Center box office an hour before the beginning of each performance. For more information call (315) 781-3495(315) 781-3495 or email Williams@hws.edu.