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New Additions to Dance Festival Lineup

  • Published: May 29, 2012

Highlights

  • Phoenix Project Dance, FuturPointe Dance, and Daystar: Contemporary Dance-Drama of Indian America have been added to the roster for the Nazareth College Arts Center Dance Festival
  • The Dance Festival runs July 12-July 21, 2012
  • See below for full schedule of free and paid performances

For More Information

Call Nazareth College Arts Center Box Office at 585-389-2170 or visit: artscenter.naz.edu/dancefest.

New Additions to Dance Festival Lineup

Phoenix Project Dance, FuturPointe Dance, and Daystar: Contemporary Dance-Drama of Indian America have been added to the roster for the Nazareth College Arts Center Dance Festival. The Dance Festival runs July 12-July 21, 2012.

Phoenix Project Dance will perform on the grounds of the Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Avenue) on Saturday, July 14, at 11 a.m. (rain space: Memorial Art Gallery Auditorium). This event is free and open to the public.

Phoenix Project Dance
Phoenix Project Dance was founded in 2004 under the artistic direction of Amber Perkins, and is based upon the concept of re-invention of one’s self. Phoenix Project Dance has achieved great successes in both Europe and America: the Company toured Bavaria, Germany in the Winter of 2006, and received the honor of rehearsing with the Munich State Ballet. The Company has been selected twice to perform at the Thang Dao Contemporary Dance Festival in NYC’s Ailey Citi Group Theater: in 2009, to present “Stonehenge” and in 2010, to present, “Democracy is Coming.”

Amber Perkins, Artistic Director, Phoenix Project Dance
Amber Perkins was born and raised in Norwich, New York, where she began her dance training. She attended Brockport College and the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in dance as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in economics. She performed with the Danscore Company as a principal dancer for three years. As a choreographer, Amber has worked with various companies and dance institutions across both the United States and Canada, including the Williams/Henry Dance Theater in Kansas City. She is the owner of the nationally distinguished Amber Perkins School of the Arts, as well as the Artistic Director of Phoenix Project Dance, both of which are based in Norwich. Ms. Perkins has won many choreography awards, including the prestigious “Spirit of Elan Award” for her piece The Firebird, given to an emerging choreographer and company. Perkins’ work has been recognized in Dancer Magazine and Dance Studio Life. Her students have gone on to perform for various companies such as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Pilobolus, Garth Fagan Dance, Radio City, David Parsons and Tokyo Disney.

College and community connection: Phoenix Project Dance
Nazareth College extends a special welcome to Phoenix Project Dance Executive Director and Choreographer Mike Perkins, and his sister, Heather Perkins (a member of the Phoenix Project Dance Board of Directors), both of whom are College alumni.

FuturPointe Dance will perform on the Callahan stage on Monday, July 16, 8pm-9pm. Tickets: $25 for Premium seating; $15 for Orchestra. (Please note: this will be a one-hour performance, presented without an intermission).
FuturPointe Dance
...[FuturPointe’s choreography is]... accessibly emotional, dramatic, humorous, hardcore — and most importantly, fresh. — Anna Reguero, Democrat & Chronicle

FuturPointe Dance is a dynamic contemporary dance company founded in 2009 in Rochester, NY. Their work is characterized by an eclectic, multi-genre repertoire that is in touch with contemporary/urban culture. Through trans-media collaborations with photographers, videographers, visual artists, composers, live musicians and puppeteers, the company’s aesthetic is a collision of culture, rhythms and varied choreographic styles expressing theme, story and character. FuturPointe’s fusion of Caribbean and African dance, ballet and Latin movement, reggae and urban vocabulary has engaged new and non-traditional dance audiences throughout Rochester, as well as in other areas of NY State and the Mid-West.

Company members include: N'jelle Gage (Co-Founder, Associate Artistic Director, Dramaturge), Liam Knighten (Founding Dancer, Performance Artist), Olga Kravets (Dancer), Melinda Blythe Phillips (Founding Dancer, Teaching Artist), Heather Roffe (Collaborating Director, Resident Choreographer), Guy Thorne (Co-Founder, Artistic Director), and Niema Atkins (Production and Technical Assistant, Apprentice).
Guy Thorne: Co-Founder, Artistic Director, FuturPointe Dance
A native of Guyana (South America), Thorne moved to the island of Jamaica where he graduated with a professional diploma in Dance Theatre Production from the Edna Manley College of Visual and Performing Arts. He moved to the US as a scholarship student at Dance Theater of Harlem NYC, and served as a principal dancer with Garth Fagan Dance for 7 years. Thorne holds a BFA in dance from State University of NY, Brockport. Guy has toured and taught master classes throughout the world. He has been reviewed favorably on several occasions by The New York Times, and has danced in such notable US spaces as the Ted Shawn Theater (Jacob's Pillow), Lincoln Center, and the Kennedy Center, among others. Most recently, Thorne was chosen by the Jubilation Foundation to be a 2012 Fellow.

Daystar: Contemporary Dance-Drama of Indian America will perform for the Dancing on the Grass I event on Tuesday, July 17, 6pm-8pm. This event will be held at Nazareth College, on an outdoor stage by Golisano Academic Center (rain space: Callahan Theater). This performance is free and open to the public.

Daystar: Contemporary Dance-Drama of Indian America
Incorporated in 1980, the Daystar Company has an historic beginning: it was the first all-native modern dance company created in the USA. The Daystar mission is to encourage and train Native American youth in the performing arts and to foster respect for the culture. Daystar is now a multi-ethnic, multi-generational ensemble that highlights both ancient tribal dance/drum/song and the contemporary expression of Indigenous peoples living strong in the 21st century.

The Daystar Company will present a collage of contemporary Indigenous dance choreographies centered on their newest dance-drama, Allegory of the Cranes (Tsimakitakkitapohpa…Where Are You Going?)

Allegory of the Cranes presents “storytelling dance theatre” that is drawn from the cultural oral traditions of two Indigenous cultures of the Americas: the Black-footed peoples of the western plains and the Pueblo peoples of the southwest. The power of Ksiistsikomm (Thunder) lets loose the trickster Napi Old Man who leads Nitsitapiw Aakii (Alone Woman) on a journey through a desert of masked figures, in order to find her true face and identity.

Allegory of the Cranes premiered at the Nozhem Theatre, Peterborough Ontario, 2011. The US premiere was in March 2012, at Hartwell Hall, at The College at Brockport.

Artistic Director: Daystar/Rosalie Jones
Daystar/Rosalie Jones was born on the Blackfeet Reservation in Montana and is of Pembina Chippewa ancestry. She studied with Jose Limon, a primary mentor, at Juilliard School, NYC. Her knowledge of Indigenous dance and cultural forms was acquired over a lifetime of personal study and cultural association. Rosalie Jones was the first Native American to receive a Choreographer’s Fellowship from the NEA and in 2004 the Daystar Archive was established at UC-Riverside. Today, Daystar is working toward the establishment of an Indigenous storytelling theatre in upstate New York.
Summary of ticketed, “headliner” events
Ticketed events for the 2012 Dance Festival include a special dance-themed Pops concert by the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO), led by Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik; two distinct main-stage performances by the iconic Martha Graham Dance Company; main-stage performances by Chicago’s acclaimed Luna Negra Dance Theater, Rochester’s own contemporary fusion dance company, FuturPointe, and Buffalo’s wildly popular LehrerDance; as well as black box performances of “Electric Midwife,” the signature piece of two-time Bessie Award-winning choreographer Beth Gill.

The RPO is one of our region’s most well-known and well-respected performing arts organizations. Grammy Award-winner Jeff Tyzik has earned a reputation as one of America's most innovative pops conductors, recognized for his brilliant arrangements, original programming, and engaging rapport with audiences of all ages.

Beth Gill, received two “Bessie” Awards in 2011: she was honored as the year’s “Outstanding Emerging Choreographer,” and was also the recipient of a new, Juried Bessie Award, created in partnership with Nazareth College. Most recently, she was selected as one of Dance Magazine's '25 to Watch' for 2012.

Luna Negra Dance Theater has established itself as one of Chicago’s preeminent Latin-infused ensembles. Founded by Eduardo Vilaro (who now heads Ballet Hispanico), Luna Negra celebrates the richness and diversity of Latino culture through the creation of works by contemporary Latino choreographers and through intensive, hands-on education programs. Artistic Director Gustavo Ramírez Sansano was just selected as one of Dance Magazine's '25 to Watch' for 2012.

LehrerDance is a “small, enviable team of dynamite Buffalo, N.Y. dancers” (Chicago Tribune), under the direction of Jon Lehrer. Jon’s extensive background in both the modern and jazz dance idioms fosters choreography that is organic, artistic, accessible, and often humorous.

(See above listing for FuturPointe Dance information)

The Martha Graham Dance Company has been a leader in the development of contemporary dance since its founding in 1926. Today, the Company continues to foster Graham’s spirit of ingenuity. It is embracing a new programming vision that showcases masterpieces by Graham, her contemporaries, and their successors alongside newly commissioned works by contemporary artists inspired by Graham’s legacy.

History: the Nazareth College Arts Center Dance Festival
For more than 40 years, Nazareth College has presented the most innovative and exciting dance companies in the world, and remains greater Rochester’s premier presenter of world-class dance. This summer marks the third annual Nazareth College Arts Center Dance Festival. Visit artscenter.naz.edu/dancefest for more information.

“We continue to raise the bar, and this year’s Dance Festival promises to be our best yet,” says Nazareth College President Daan Braveman. “We have established new partnerships and welcomed new Sponsors. We are offering an expanded roster of headliners, as well as a variety of community programs and Master Classes that will be free and open to the public.”

Susan Chekow Lusignan, Director of the Arts Center, says, “This year’s Dance Festival will showcase some of our region’s most respected artists; present some of the most renowned organizations on the national scene; provide cultural events within a framework of learning; and introduce new audiences to cultural arts programming.”
Tickets
Performances by the headliner companies – the RPO, Beth Gill, Luna Negra Dance Theater, LehrerDance, FuturPointe Dance and the Martha Graham Dance Company – are ticketed events.

To purchase tickets online, visit: artscenter.naz.edu/dancefest. Tickets are also available through the Arts Center Box Office: 4245 East Avenue, Rochester, 585-389-2170. Regular box office hours are Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Free community programs
Many of the Nazareth College Arts Center Dance Festival programs are free and open to the public, including all Master Classes, the outdoor performance on the Memorial Art Gallery grounds, two evenings of outdoor “Dancing on the Grass” performances, an evening of Community Dances (including Modern Square Dance, Broadway, and two sessions of Latin American dance, led by the Luna Negra Dance Theater), and the Choreographer Conversation with Beth Gill (Artistic Director/Choreographer, Beth Gill Dance) and Janet Eilber (Artistic Director, Martha Graham Dance Company).
Please note: Master Classes are free and open to the public, however pre-registration is required. Please contact Lindsay Chassé to register: 585-389-2180 or lchasse7@naz.edu.

Sponsor Information
Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks announced that Monroe County is returning as a Sponsor for the third consecutive year. "The Nazareth College Dance Festival is a wonderful opportunity for us as a community to celebrate our rich and diverse culture of the arts," said Brooks. "Monroe County is a proud sponsor of this family-friendly event that enhances our quality of life."

RG&E has also returned as a major Sponsor.  “The Iberdrola USA Foundation on behalf of RG&E is honored to help sponsor this great festival for the people of Rochester and Western New York,” said Kevin Walker, chief operating officer, Iberdrola USA. “Top-notch events like the Nazareth College Arts Center Dance Festival are important cultural assets that contribute to our quality of life and create large positive economic impacts for the region. They must be preserved.”

In addition, Nazareth College President Daan Braveman announced new Sponsors for 2012: Katie and Travis Betters and Bank of America. “Now in its third year, the dance festival has become a premier cultural attraction in the Greater Rochester area,” said John Pitton, Bank of America Rochester president.  “In addition, the festival provides an important boon for the local economy.”

The Dance Festival is also supported, in part, by funds from the New York State Council on the Arts.

Nazareth College Arts Center Dance Festival Calendar

PLEASE NOTE:
With the exception of the Phoenix Project Dance performance on the grounds of the Memorial Art Gallery,
    all events take place on the Nazareth College campus.
Master Classes are free and open to the public, however pre-registration is required.
    Contact Lindsay Chassé to register: 585-389-2180 or lchasse7@naz.edu.

For tickets and more information: artscenter.naz.edu/dancefest or 585-389-2170
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THURSDAY, JULY 12
7 p.m., The Peace Theater (A14)
Pre-performance lecture with RPO Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik

8 p.m., Callahan Theater
Dance Festival Overture: RPO
Join RPO Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik for a survey of American dance music.
Dancers will join the Orchestra to exhibit a wide range of styles, from the tango to the lindy hop.
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SATURDAY, JULY 14
11 a.m., Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, 500 University Avenue (rain space: MAG Auditorium)
Outdoor performance by Phoenix Project Dance.
Free and open to the public.

2 p.m., Studio A48 (audience capacity: approx. 80)
Beth Gill: Electric Midwife

5:30-7 p.m., George Hall Dance Studio
Adult Master Class – Jon Lehrer, Artistic Director, LehrerDance

6:30 p.m., Studio A48 (audience capacity: approx. 80)
Beth Gill: Electric Midwife

8 p.m., Callahan Theater
Luna Negra Dance Theater
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SUNDAY, JULY 15
2 p.m., Studio A48 (audience capacity: approx. 80)
Beth Gill: Electric Midwife

5:30 p.m., Studio A48 (audience capacity: approx. 80)
Beth Gill: Electric Midwife

7-8 p.m., Callahan Theater
LehrerDance
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MONDAY, JULY 16
5:30-7 p.m., George Hall Dance Studio

Adult Master Class – Beth Gill

 

6-8 p.m., Otto A. Shults Community Center

Three concurrent sessions of Modern Square Dance, Broadway, and Latin American Dance (Latin American sessions led by Luna Negra Dance Theater).
Free and open to the public.

8 p.m. – 9 p.m., Callahan Theater
FuturPointe Dance
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TUESDAY, JULY 17
5:30-7 p.m., George Hall Dance Studio
Adult Master Class – Beth Gill

6-8 p.m., Outdoor stage by Golisano Academic Center (rain space: Callahan Theater)
Dancing on the Grass I
Daystar: Contemporary Dance Drama of Indian America
Free and open to the public.
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WEDNESDAY, JULY 18
5:30-7 p.m., George Hall Dance Studio
Adult Master Class – Beth Gill

6-7:30 p.m., Outdoor stage by Golisano Academic Center; rain space: Callahan Theater
Dancing on the Grass II
The Flower City Ballet
Free and open to the public.
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THURSDAY, JULY 19
5:30-7 p.m., George Hall Dance Studio
Adult Master Class – Daystar/Rosalie Jones

8 p.m., The Peace Theater (A14)
Choreographer Conversation with Janet Eilber (Artistic Director, Martha Graham Dance Company) and Beth Gill (Artistic Director/Choreographer, Beth Gill Dance).
Free and open to the public.
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FRIDAY, JULY 20
4-6 p.m., George Hall Dance Studio
Adult Master Class – Martha Graham Dance Company

7 p.m., The Peace Theater (A14)
Pre-performance lecture presented by the Martha Graham Dance Company

8 p.m., Callahan Theater
Martha Graham Dance Company, Program “A”
(Prelude and Revolt, Embattled Garden, and Appalachian Spring)
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SATURDAY, JULY 21
7 p.m., The Peace Theater (A14)
Pre-performance lecture presented by the Martha Graham Dance Company

8 p.m., Callahan Theater
Martha Graham Dance Company, Program “B”
(Witch Dance, Every Soul is a Circus, Lamentation Variations, and Diversion of Angels

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 www.naz.edu/artscenter.

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