A new work, the “dancing” of a painting, will premier
April 26, 2000 Geneva, NY — Picture it. Where can one see a painting brought to life through dance and music? During the upcoming Faculty Dance Concert at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, audience members will be able to see Art Professor Nicholas Ruth's painting, titled “Chutes and Ladders,” become a dance titled “Ladders and Chutes.” The piece is a collaborative effort between Ruth and Dance Professor Donna Davenport, and will premier during this concert at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, May 12 and 13, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 14. General Admission is $5, HWS faculty/staff, $4, students, $2.
“Ladders and Chutes” includes a solo choreographed and performed by Davenport to a musical piece titled “More Than Ever,” written by Matt Kadane; an ensemble piece danced by 13 students; and a third section in which five dancers perform on a 16' x 13' steel vertical stage made just for this piece. They never dance on the floor and by the end of the work, dance is presented as paint.
The Faculty Dance Concert includes five other choreographic works as well-two ballet pieces, a modern dance work, a jazz dance, and a duet featuring a guest choreographer.
The duet, called “Permission” choreographed by guest artist, Kim Neal Nofsinger, features Nofsinger, assistant professor of dance at SUNY Geneseo, and Michelle Repp, assistant professor of dance at HWS. It examines issues of trust and intimacy, and was selected by American Dance Guild as one of the “Outstanding Choreographic Works” produced in 1999. The piece is set to Samuel Barber's “Adagio for Strings”.
Repp also choreographed two new works, a ballet ensemble which is a contemporary pointe piece inspired by the bird of paradise, a bold and colorful flower. The piece reflects the unusual **more** Faculty Dance Concert page 2 characteristics of the flower, with it's spoke-like petals and contrasting textures. The other piece is a traditional jazz dance for ten dancers, a response to the classical jazz music, “One for Daddy-O”, which is smooth, cool, and playful.
Associate Professor Cynthia Williams has also choreographed two works-a ballet quartet on pointe and a modern ensemble for seven women. The ballet was choreographed to French composer Erik Satie's solo piano works, Gnossiennes. The sparse, Japanese-sounding melodies suggest haiku poetry, and the three sections of the dance create seasonal landscapes in movement. The modern ensemble was inspired by the poem “The Division of Time in a Cascade of Light” by poet James McCorkle, which is itself a meditation on the paintings of Wlodzimierz Ksiazek. Images of transformation, exile, and longing, present in both the poem and the paintings, are created in space and motion upon the canvas of the stage.
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