Photography by Paul Hokanson
Melanie Aceto, a 1995 SUNY Geneseo graduate, will be among solo performers returning for the Geneseo Dance Ensemble's anniversary concerts, which begin Thursday.
Geneseo Dance Ensemble celebrates its past and present
GENESEO — Five alumni artists are scheduled to perform this week during the Geneseo Dance Ensemble’s “Dancing Past to Present: Celebrating 45 Years.”
The concert will celebrate diverse, dynamic and original dance works.
Alumni and current student artists will be featured in works by alumni, faculty, and guest artists. The reunion performance highlights Lobby Dances at 7:15 p.m.; a pre-concert dialogue with alumni artists at 7:30 p.m.; “Slide History of 45 Years of Dance” at 7:45 p.m.; and post-performance dialogue with alumni artists.
The concert, artistically directed and produced by dance professor Jonette Lancos, will be presented in the Alice Austin Theatre at 8 p.m. April 18, 19, and 20, and 2 p.m. April 21.
Tickets, which cost $10, are available at the Student Association Ticket Office or at http://bbo.geneseo.edu. For more information, call 245-5873.
The concert features solo performances by Alumni Artists Melanie Aceto ’95, Dr. Mark Broomfield ’94, Victoria Baeder Helmke ’97, Alex MacDonald ’08, and Joseph Roicki ’02.
Another alumni artist, Kylee Pike Fassler ’04 restaged “Falling on Five (Trip Beat)” for current student artists, a work she created as an undergraduate in 2003, set to Dave Brubeck’s “Take Five.”
Guest artist in residence Jon Lehrer, artistic director of Buffalo-based LehrerDance, choreographed “Murmur,” based on the theory of quantum entanglement. Rochester-area professor Shahin Monshipour collaborated with Lancos to create “Persian Dances,” also to be performed March 24 for a Persian New Year festival at the Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Ave., Rochester.
Alumni artists will join current student artists in choreographer Bill Evans’ lively tap piece “Yes, Indeed!,” restaged by senior Kaitlin Keller. Evans, currently a visiting professor of dance at SUNY Brockport, is a world-renowned dancer, choreographer, teacher, writer, lecturer, adjudicator, and consultant of movement theory.
“Riddims,” a work by visiting assistant professor of dance Mark Broomfield, explores the combination of West African movement vocabulary with Jamaican dance hall culture of roots reggae. Lancos restages “Pas de Quatre,” a Romantic ballet from 1845 recreated by Sir Anton Dolin in 1945, and her optimistic “Energy Fusion,” originally created in 2008 to celebrate 40 years of Geneseo dance. In this concert, Alumni spanning the years 1976 through 2012 appear in the work to commemorate 45 Years of Dance.
“Dancing Past to Present: Celebrating 45 Years” is directed by Lancos with Broomfield and student directors, Emily Andrews, Katy Gerber, Jennifer Levy and Felicia Vanacore. Rachel Prell is stage manager of the show, with student lighting designers Josh Karp, Kelsey Bendlin,and Rachel Prell, who are mentored by associate professor of theater Johnnie Ferrell. Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre Crystal Ferrell is coordinating and designing costumes.
A Quick Look
- WHAT: “Dancing Past to Present: Celebrating 45 Years,” an anniversary concert by Geneseo Dance Ensemble.
- WHERE: Alice Austin Theatre at SUNY Geneseo, 1 College Circle, Geneseo.
- WHEN: 8 p.m. April 18 to 20 and 2 p.m. April 21.
- TICKETS: $10. Available at the Student Association Ticket Office and online at http://bbo.geneseo.edu.
- INFORMATION: Call 245-5873.