For Immediate Release — November 21, 2003

SUNY GENESEO TO PRESENT "VERTICAL EXPRESSION"

GENESEO, N.Y. — The SUNY Geneseo School of Performing Arts will present a selection of student, faculty and guest artist choreography in a concert titled "An Evening’s Dances: Vertical Expression." Performances will take place daily, at 8 p.m. from Thursday, Dec. 4 through Saturday, Dec. 6, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 7, in the college’s Alice Austin Theatre, William A. Brodie Hall. Tickets are $4 and will be on sale at the Brodie Box Office (245-5833).

Guest artist Leslie Wexler will stage her work "Rapid Motion Through Space Elates One," which was first performed at the University of Buffalo, where it was chosen for the Gala performance at the 2003 American College Dance Festival. Wexler received a bachelor’s degree of fine arts from SUNY Brockport and a master’s degree of fine arts from the University of Michigan. She now teaches at the Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts.

Faculty works include "Transient Karma" and "Of Loss," choreographed by Geneseo Associate Professor of Dance and Director of the Dance Ensemble Jonette Lancos. Lancos has also re-staged Anton Dolin’s famous piece, "Le Grand Pas de Quatre," for the ensemble this year, and Assistant Professor of Dance Helen Myers will direct students in "Dream Suite."

The Geneseo Dance Ensemble will also perform several works by student choreographers exploring a range of themes. These include "Transverse Contact" by Joella Bova, "Delicate Forces" and "Falling on Five (Trip Beat)" by Kylee Pike, "Tap Noir" by Stephanie Scheiner, and "Happenstance" by Christine Seward. Bova and Pike have both received the Nona Schurman Scholarship for Excellence in Dance Composition, named for Professor Emerita of Dance Nona Schurman.

The student assistant directors are Erin Giralico and Kylee Pike. The production staff includes the technical director and lighting designer, Associate Professor Johnnie Ferrell; lighting designer, Associate Professor Steven Stubblefield; costume designer, Assistant Professor Michaeleen Melita-McDonald; and student stage managers Eric Grammas, Todd Quick and Erin Rugg. The crew also includes student costume and lighting designers.

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