Colleges present annual concert of faculty choreography
GENEVA, N.Y.–New pieces performed by both faculty and students grace the stage during Hobart and William Smith Colleges' Faculty Dance Concert. Three performances are offered, at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, April 23 and 24, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 25, in Winn Seeley Gym-Theater, on the Colleges campus.
Opening the program is a new piece by Professor Cynthia Williams, which explores the theme of flight. Hobart seniors Binh Nguyen and Michael Roussell are joined by five William Smith students and two young guest artists dancing to the music of Bach.
Professor Cadence Whittier has restaged “Antrieb,” a ballet originally choreographed in 2000. This year's version features additional dancers, yet keeps Whittier's thematic exploration of tension and release. The piece showcases dancing by Arts Scholars Diana Carson '07 and Kate Driscoll '07 in an ensemble of seven.
Whittier also presents a work with theatrical overtones. Images of women portrayed in advertisements of the past few decades are the inspiration for the piece, which includes a text and music score, slide projections and a variety of costumes. The ensemble cast includes Arts Scholars Driscoll, Ashley Middleton '04 and Chevon Stewart '04.
Michelle Iklé, assistant professor of dance, brings to the stage new choreography inspired by modern dance legend Merce Cunningham, set to music by Phillip Glass. The piece features 10 student-dancers, including Arts Scholars Stewart, Jessica Lambert '06 and Colleen Wahl '06.
Also featured is a duet for Professor Donna Davenport and Arts Scholar Sara Allen '04 that had its premiere in Rome, where Davenport has been co-directing the Colleges' study abroad program in Italy.
Tickets are available at the box office in Winn Seeley beginning an hour before curtain. General admission is $5. Students, senior citizens and Hobart and William Smith Colleges' faculty and staff tickets are $3. HWS students attend free, courtesy of Hobart Student Government and the William Smith Congress. For more information contact Cynthia Williams, dance department chair, at (315) 781-3495.