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Hofstra Dance Performs Annual Spring Dance Concert

Thurs., April 25, to Sun., April 28, 2013, at the John Cranford Adams Playhouse

Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY (April 22, 2013) … Hofstra University’s Dance Program will present its annual Spring Dance Concert, at the John Cranford Adams Playhouse, April 25 to 28, 2013. Show times are 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. on Saturday; and 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Tickets are $12; $10 for senior citizens (over 65) or matriculated, non-Hofstra students with I.D. Members of the Hofstra community receive two free tickets upon presentation of a current HofstraCard. For tickets and more information call the Hofstra Box Office at (516) 463-6644, Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

This year’s spring concert features guest choreographers David Parker, Bebe Miller and Fritzlyn Hector. Parker, a recent recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship for choreography and artistic director of The Bang Group, is creating an exciting new piece for Hofstra dance majors. Miller is also a recipient of the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship, among many other awards. Miller’s 1983 work “Guardian Angels” is being restaged for the concert by Nancy Duncan, producing director of CoDanceCo, Inc., as well as Dancing Classrooms Long Island. Hector, who is currently performing in the long-running Off-Broadway show STOMP, has dance and teaching experience in stepping, hip-hop, house, Haitian folklore, Afro-Caribbean and traditional African and modern dance.

Hofstra faculty choreographers include Stormy Brandenberger, Anita Feldman and Maxine Steinman.

The Hofstra University Department of Drama and Dance provides its students with the opportunity to develop and hone their skills as performers, and deepen their appreciation for the arts, on their way to careers in the theater and beyond. The Dance Program offers two undergraduate degrees: a B.A. in Dance, and a B.S. in Education, Dance Education.

About the dance pieces to be presented:

Anita Feldman has created a tap piece utilizing various spaces and levels inside and outside the proscenium of the stage. Monkey Mind is a dance inspired by the fragmented nature of the music Lick by Julia Wolfe, and our fragmented, difficult-to-control and unpredictable “monkey minds.”

Maxine Steinman creates an exotic mood with her choreography, Women of the Sand. This piece celebrates the sensuality, strength and femininity evocative of a women’s community.

Stormy Brandenberger has created [Snap] in collaboration with composer Jordan Chiolis. The piece is a metaphor for fading photographs and the disconnection of one’s personal relationships as memories are lost to time. Duets, trios, and quartets dissolve out of larger group movements and bring a sense of the process of slowly forgetting more and more moments in one’s life in the slipping away of time.

David Parker writes: “I am always looking for new ways to generate rhythm in dance. For Sam, Steve, Wolfgang and Us, I have drawn on Morse Code, Steve Reich’s score for his famous Clapping Music and Mozart’s Turkish March. In each case, I have translated the rhythms into choreography and recombined them in my own way. The piece includes witty interactions between dancers who tap to each other in Morse Code and grapple with each other while singing and tapping Mozart.”

Bebe Miller writes: “Guardian Angels was my first commission as well as one of the first works I choreographed. In revisiting it I see not only my early attempts at form and grace, but the start of a long term conversation with dancers. They are the ones who reveal everything and anything about how we try, together, to find what feels so right.” This piece was originally commissioned and performed by CoDanceCo, a modern dance repertory company headed by Nancy Duncan. Ms. Duncan has restaged excerpts of the piece for Hofstra’s dance majors.

To close the concert, Fritzlyn Hector has created a fierce Hip Hop piece for fourteen women. The driving musical score augments the power of the choreography and is guaranteed to “rock the house.”

Hofstra University is a dynamic private institution of higher education where more than 11,000 full and part-time students choose from undergraduate and graduate offerings in liberal arts and sciences, business, engineering, applied science, communication, education, health sciences and human services, honors studies, the Maurice A. Deane School of Law and the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine.

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