Modern dance troupe to present original work
(Nov. 24, 2004) GENEVA, N.Y.—The New York based Misnomer Dance Theater, under the artistic direction of Chris Elam, will conduct a three-day teaching and performing residence on the Hobart and William Smith Colleges' campus Nov. 29 through Dec. 2. Elam's six member Misnomer Dance Theater is a contemporary modern dance troupe that showcases Elam's unique fusion of traditional Balinese and modern dance vocabulary.
Misnomer Dance Theater will give a public dance concert at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 2, in Winn-Seeley Gym-Theater on the Colleges' campus. The dance concert will feature Elam's signature solo “Cast Iron Crutches,” the company's minimalist sculptural work “Misnomer,” and the abstract “Dreams of your Acceptance.”
While on campus, Elam and his company members will offer master classes in modern dance technique, movement for athletes, and dance composition.
The Village Voice dance critic Elizabeth Zimmer writes of Elam's choreography: “Fusion doesn't begin to describe what's going on here; Elam is annealing his influences, creating a taut, intense movement language quite remote from the “released” style so common downtown.”
Founded in 1998, the company has performed throughout the United States and internationally, with concerts and residencies in Cuba, Brazil, Indonesia and Turkey. Elam graduated magna cum laude from Brown University in 1998, and in 2001 received his M.F.A. in dance from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.
Tickets for the Hobart and William Smith Colleges' performance are $3 for students, $5 for HWS faculty and staff, and $8 general (adult) admission. Tickets are available at the box office in Winn-Seeley, beginning one hour prior to curtain. For further information about the performance or master classes offered by Misnomer Dance Theater, please contact Dance Department Chair Cynthia Williams at (315) 781-3495 or e-mail Williams@hws.edu.
[Hi-res images of Misnomer may be found at http://campus.hws.edu/new/releases/hires/misnomer008_hres.jpg and at http://campus.hws.edu/new/releases/hires/misnomer2_hres.jpg]