One of New York’s finest contemporary dance ensembles, Susan Marshall & Company, will be in residence at Hobart and William Smith Colleges from Monday, Nov. 5 through Wednesday, Nov. 7.
Hailed in a New York Times review as “one of the most significant choreographers working today, Marshall was recognized in 2000 with a MacArthur “genius award.
“Cloudless, the work the company will perform here, received a New York Dance and Performance Award for Choreography. The dance has been described as a series of vignettes, where “ideas and patterns, no matter how unusual, evoke natural behavior in all its complexity. Known as Bessie Awards in honor of Bessie Schonberg, the prizes are presented annually for innovative achievement in dance and related performances and are traditionally recognized as the dance community’s equivalent of the Oscars.
Dance Department Chair Cynthia Williams notes that ‘”Cloudless’ is a stunning work. It features five dancers in episodic vignettes, in frequent interaction with seemingly mundane objects: books, fans, teacups, tables and chairs. Marshall’s tightly woven and intelligent choreography, combined with the expressive and superb performance of her cast creates an evening of ferocious beauty and haunting emotional afterimages.
While on campus, members of the company will teach a master class in dance technique and composition from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6 in the Winn-Seeley Dance Studio. The class is open to the public at $10 per person; space is limited and interested participants are asked to register in advance.
The residency will culminate with a public performance of Marshall’s “Cloudless at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 7 in the Winn-Seeley Gym-Theater. Tickets are $10 general admission, $7 for HWS faculty and staff and $5 for students, and will be available at the Winn-Seeley box office one hour before the curtain.
The residency is sponsored in part by the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts, with leading funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and additional funding provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Ford Foundation and JP Morgan Chase; by the New York State DanceForce with funding from the New York State Council on the Arts Dance Program, Altria Group, Inc., and the Colleges’ Dance Department.
For further information about Susan Marshall & Company at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, call Williams at ext. (315) 781-3495 or by e-mail: Williams@hws.edu