Choreographer Kim Neal Nofsinger, founder of Shelter Repertory Dance Theatre, stages his choreography and the works of other people who also work in higher education.
October 23, 2002 GENEVA, N.Y.—Artistic director Kim Neal Nofsinger and the Shelter Repertory will perform at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2, in the Winn-Seeley Gymnasium Theater on the Hobart and William Smith Colleges campus. The dance troupe features six dancers of diverse training plus Nofsinger. Shelter will also feature Colleges students in Nofsinger’s repertory piece “Adumbation.” This dance with its holocaust images is known for leaving the audience holding its breath. General admission is $7. Colleges faculty/staff may attend for $5, and students and children for $3. Joining them in performance will be Travis Gatling, a faculty member at Ohio University, and four students from the B.F.A. program at Ohio University.
In 2001, Nofsinger founded Shelter Repertory Dance Theatre as a means of staging his choreography and the works of other people who work in higher education. Nofsinger’s choreography has been produced in the United States, Spain, France, Belgium, Germany and Austria. In 1999, his duet “Permission” was selected by the American Dance Guild as one of the outstanding works.
Nofsinger is beginning his first year of faculty in the School of Dance at Ohio University. Prior teaching appointments include the University of Minnesota-Duluth, State University of New York at Geneseo, Illinois State University, Winona State University and Connecticut College. He holds an M.F.A. in performance and choreography from Arizona State University.
Nofsinger’s other choreography runs the gamut of modern dance expression. Some of the works are dramatic, others are whimsical and touching, still others are pure physical exuberance.
“His dances were never straightforward. If his choreography were a roadmap, it would be filled with twists and turns, sometimes into scary neighborhoods. But that is what makes it worthwhile,” said V. Paul Vitrucio, of the Duluth News Tribune, in his review.