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Colleges Welcome Lingo Dancetheater

The Lingo dancetheater has been described by critics as “humorous and tragic, profane and universal, quirkily and real;” the performers are said to dance with a “voracious do-or-die ethic.”

(October 2, 2003) GENEVA, N.Y. — A public performance will be given by the Lingo dancetheater, a Seattle, Wash., based dance company directed by KT Niehoff, at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 8, in Winn-Seeley gym-theater. They will also be in residence at Hobart and William Smith Colleges' campus, to teach master classes in dance. Modern Dance Technique will take place at 1:25 p.m. on Monday, Oct 6, and Dance Composition will take place at 3:05 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct 7, in Winn-Seeley Gymnasium. The four-day teaching and performing residency is sponsored by the Colleges' dance department, with additional funding provided by the National Dance project of the New England Foundation for the Arts.

Artistic director and choreographer Niehoff formed Lingo in 1996. She holds a bachelor's degree in theater history/acting from New York University and has won numerous awards and commissions for her choreography. Lingo's public performance will be a piece titled Speak to Me. The performance combines explosive movement, music, spoken language and theater in an exploration of the complex need to communicate and create language. Speak to Me “reveals the subtext and subtleties of the powerful, innate desire to connect and be understood, and how language is used as a weapon in a multitude of ways.” Seattle area composer Reggie Watt's score includes words and sounds in a high-energy composition that supports the dancers as they fly and fall through the space. A post-performance “talk-back” session and reception will follow the concert.

For any further information about participating in any of the performances, please contact dance department chair Cynthia Williams at (315) 781-3495 or e-mail williams@hws.edu. Tickets for the dance concert are free to HWS students with I.D., courtesy of Hobart Student Government and William Smith Congress. Tickets for HWS faculty and staff are $5; general admission is $6 and $3 for children and seniors.

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