Founded in 2007, the American Repertory Theater of WNY, Inc, located in Buffalo NY, is founded by Fredonia State University 1999 graduate, Matthew LaChiusa.
Fredonia Dance Ensemble Annual Concert
Reviewed by Shannon McRae, Associate Professor of English, SUNY Fredonia
Photo by Mackenzie Lynch
This weekend, the Fredonia Dance Ensemble presents its annual concert, as part of the Walter Gloor Mainstage Series. Directed by Theatre and Dance Professor Helen Myers and choreographed by several other Fredonia faculty and guest choreographers, the performances are notable not just because these young dancers exhibit extraordinary talent, grace, and sheer athletic ability, but also because behind every act, there’s a story. Sometimes the story is beautiful in its simplicity, like the lyrical organic sweetness of “Autumn Song” or the airy tumble of raindrops in “Cielo, Mar y Aire.” Other times, the pleasure is in the enactment of an intriguing abstraction, like “Orion II” and “Orion III,” with its shimmery, ebullient representation of the night skies in China and Australia. Other stories, such as the paired set “Just Us” and “Injustice?”, two very different interpretations of the Trayvon Martin case, serve as rituals, transforming shock, pain, and frustration through powerfully elegant, rhythmic enactments of love, outrage ,and survival. The most clearly narrative, theatrical story, “Genevieve of the Woods,” is also perhaps the most sorrowfully mysterious. Go if you enjoy excellent performances by highly accomplished young people. Go even if you don’t understand dance or care to decipher the mysterious cursive of arced and angled bodies in motion. Go because after a long week and brief respite from a hard winter, it is a privilege and a delight to sit in the dark and get lost in something that exists just to be perfectly beautiful.
Performances are held in the Marvell Theater on the SUNY Fredonia campus at 7:30, February 21st and Saturday February 22nd, with a 2pm matinee on Sunday, February 23d. Tickets are
available through the SUNY Fredonia Ticket Office in the Williams Center, by phone at 673-
3501 and online at fredonia.edu/tickets. The event is part of the 2013-14 Lake Shore Savings Season at Rockefeller Arts Center.
—Thursday Feb. 20st is the student preview of the Fredonia Dance Ensemble 2014!! The department can’t wait to see all the awesome work our dancers have been doing, and the show open to the public on Friday! Get your tickets now (http://www.fredonia.edu/tickets/Performing_Arts.asp) because the show only runs one weekend and you don’t want to miss it!
—Seniors performance majors have scheduled their hearings with faculty professors to get feedback on their BFA recitals to be presented March 8th in the Bartlett theatre. Come and see what they’ve learned in 4 years at Fredonia. They start promptly at 1:00PM!
—Technical Theatre students are busy building and painting the set for RENT. Check out some of their awesome graffiti skills on our Facebook page!
—The Performing Arts Company is building their set and rehearsing for “The Dining Room” opening February 28th. Tickets are available at the Fredonia Central Ticket office. It’s a great show in a new space, you won’t regret seeing it!
—Best College Reviews ranked Rockefeller Arts Center 19th on their list of “Most Amazing Campus Theatres.” We are honored to make the list! Check out the other theatres they recognized here: http://www.bestcollegereviews.org/features/most-amazing-college-campus-theaters/
—Fredonia alumni are booking jobs and performing all the time in the Buffalo area. Be sure to check out Sophie Howes (Some Girls), Raphael Santos & Steve Brachman (Hatful of Rain), and Eliza Vann (A Woman of No Importance). Theatre grads making it work in the real world! Woohoo!
—Fredonia Film majors recently auditioned and cast their “Capstone” projects. Many of the students in our department have been cast and we all look forward to seeing their work up on the screen!
—We are all staying busy, busy, busy around here with classes, rehearsals, meetings, and much more! Keep checking back to hear what’s up and coming at TADA!!!
Check out this little promo piece on BFA Dance alum Amanda Kellner, now cheering with the buffalo Bandits’ Bandettes.