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Thomas/Ortiz Dance at Arts Center, Feb. 13

  • Published: February 04, 2010

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Thomas/Ortiz Dance at Arts Center, Feb. 13

Dancers from Culturally Diverse Backgrounds Perform Repertoire that Explores Thought-Provoking and Socially Relevant Themes

Nazareth College Arts Center presents the New York City based Thomas/Ortiz Dance at the Arts Center (4245 East Avenue, Rochester, New York) on February 13 at 8:00 p.m. Thomas/Ortiz Dance is a contemporary and culturally diverse company of dancers from different backgrounds that perform a repertoire that explores thought-provoking and socially relevant themes. Tickets are $30-60. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit the box office in the Arts Center, call 585-389-2170 or visit   There will be a pre-performance lecture given by Thomas/Ortiz Dance co-artistic director Frances Ortiz in room A-14 of the Arts Center at 7:00 p.m.
Co-Artistic director Ted Thomas is a native of New York City where he danced with Ballet Hispanico, Elisa Monte, Murray Louis and Nikolais Company as well as Paul Taylor Dance Company before co-founding Thomas/Ortiz Dance in 2001 with his wife, Frances Ortiz. He has also been Artist-in-Residence at Barnard College. Aside from his work with Thomas/Ortiz Dance, Mr. Thomas currently teaches for the New Canaan High School and is the co-artistic director of The New England Academy of Dance and the New England Dance Theater. Thomas received his B.F.A. from the State University of New York at Purchase and his Master’s degree in dance from New York University. Frances Ortiz , a native of Puerto Rico, studied at the New World School of the Arts in Miami, Florida prior to earning her B.F.A. degree at Purchase College. While studying for her Master’s degree at New York Thomas/Ortiz DanceUniversity, Ms. Ortiz performed works by Elisa Monte, Kevin Wynn and Tim Martin, among others. Both Thomas’ and Ortiz’ direction and choreographic works serve as the company’s artistic foundation. Frances and Ted welcomed their first child London Thomas in September 2009.
The Thomas/Ortiz Dance artists include Frances Ortiz’ twin sister, Ginna Ortiz, who serves the company as rehearsal director and dancer as well as dancers Nicole Corea, Elyssa Dole, Robert Fernandez, Virginia Horne, Bafana Salomon Matea, Raul Peinado, Mark Taylor, Royce Zackery and Alexandra Gonzalez.

The evening’s program includes:

  • Undamely (2003), choreographed by Ted Thomas and Frances Ortiz. Music –Concerto for 3 Violins in F Major, Concerto for 2 Cellos in G Minor by Antonio Vivaldi.

Gives a voice to the centuries of acquiescent women who have played their traditional roles in society, beautiful and silent. In private moments and amongst themselves, restrictive layers are shed, and raw, real women are revealed.

  • For Love or Grace (2004), choreographed by Ted Thomas. Music – Ariel Ramirez’ Misa Criolla sung by Jose Carreras.

Inspired by a friend’s desperate struggle to make sense of his complicated relationship with God. Should he follow his faith though it would condemn his true nature.

  • Frayed Ends (2007), choreographed by Frances Ortiz. Music – Sonata for Cello & Piano in G Minor: Andante by Rachmaninov, played by Yo Yo Ma.

I walk silently through the lonely corridors of my mind. My brain resonates to howling echoes. I seem to enter and exit endless doors and hallways, but none that seem to lead in any direction or final destination. Help my love, I want, I want beyond this place, a lack of gravity and no more of this pain. --by Joseph P. Martino

  • In the Arms of Three (2005), choreographed by Ted Thomas and Frances Ortiz. Music- Marieta Mazurka and Recuerdos de la Alhambra by Francisco Tarrega, Suite Espanola, No. 5 and Asturias Leyena by Enrique Granados.

Turbulent, intoxicating, heartbreaking past relationships weigh on a woman’s mind as she searches for the possibility of love again.

  • Nevaeh (2006), choreographed by Frances Ortiz. Music – David Darling and Paul Haslinger.

We’ve all lost all that is good in us trying desperately to get in. What will it take? There is nowhere to go, for all is here…but with our sinful burdens, we simply cannot pass Heaven’s gate. Was the straight and narrow path worth the labor of eternity? Our souls remain lost, there is nowhere to go, for all is here.

  • Convibir (2003), choreographed by Frances Ortiz. Music- Bohuslav Martinu Praeludium: Andante moderato.

“The tattoo marks and the scars remain, a testament t a battle well-fought. Tucked in the back of my closet is the seven hundred dollar wig I bought. The fog of chemobrain has lifted. My outlook on life has shifted. My long hair is back…dark, full and strong. And the beast that lurked within is officially gone.” --by Beverly J. Friedberg

  • Marked in the Region of No Origin (1997), choreographed by Frances Ortiz. Music – David Darling and Paul Haslinger.

Those that served as I will embrace my lines. In that flatness we define ourselves. I will mark your surface. I will define your body. I will draw boundaries in absence and these will be your regions, For the divided there will be form, in the absence we will fill our womb, my tongue, my silence. --by Louis Cespedes


Nazareth College Arts Center is the Rochester region's premiere mid-size theater and venue for world-class dance, children's theatre and international entertainment. The Arts Center brings to Rochester many of the same shows enjoyed by audiences at New York's Lincoln Center or the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. The 2010 Princeton Review names Nazareth College the 6th Best College Theater in the country (up from #9 in 2009.) The Nazareth College Arts Center is the home of Rochester Children's Theatre and the performance home of Rochester City Ballet and Garth Fagan Dance. For additional information, visit

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