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Hofstra Fall Dance Concert ~ November 21-24, at the John Cranford Adams Playhouse

Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY … Hofstra University’s Dance Program will present its annual Fall Dance Concert, at the John Cranford Adams Playhouse, November 21-24, 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 choreography by Stormy Brandenberger, Rachel List, Amy Marshall, Karla Wolfangle, Royce Zackery, and guest artist, Terry Creach, who directs the New York City-based Creach/Company.

Creach/Company has been presented at prominent venues throughout the US, and internationally including most recently, The Kitchen/NYC, Symphony Space/NYC, Aronoff Center/Cincinnati, and Teatro de la Danza/Mexico City. Mr. Creach has performed with numerous New York City choreographers and companies including James Cunningham’s Acme Company, Vanaver Caravan, Jane Comfort, Rachel Lampert, and Annabelle Gamson. Mr. Creach has been a guest choreographer and guest faculty at prominent dance programs across the country including, NYU/Tisch School of the Arts, the University of Maryland/College Park, the North Carolina School of the Arts, and the Juilliard School. He has been a faculty member at Bennington College since 1987. He has received choreography fellowships from The National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and, most recently, from the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts, Inc.

About the dance pieces to be presented:

Choreographed by Karla Wolfangle, Petite Sensations is a dance inspired by the late paintings of Paul Cézanne. The music is a compilation of nature sounds and impressionistic music by the composer Debussy. The piece includes a set designed by Long Island artist Roy Nicholson made especially for the dance. It is inspired by the original brush strokes of Cézanne’s late works which were called by the artist: “petite sensations.”

Blattaria, choreographed by Stormy Brandenberger, is performed to an original score by composer Arthur Solari. This piece examines the juxtaposition of beauty and otherness. If we can only see the surface of beauty, excluding otherness, does it limit the qualities and possibilities of wonder?

Royce Zackery’s Grace explores multiple aspects of a woman’s identity. Royce writes: “I have a great respect for the beauty and elegance displayed in a woman during her greatest moments and also during her worst. A woman’s grace is apparent at all times, despite what goes on in her surroundings.” The work is danced to music from a Beethoven piano trio.

In a world of increasing complexity, we may still seek connections and safety in a community of comrades. We make alliances and test the boundaries of trusting relationships. Guest choreographer Terry Creach addresses this theme in Safe House. The choreography, created in collaboration with the dancers, is performed to an original score by composer Jacob Bielecki.

Amy Marshall’s piece D-Generation examines the current state of chaos and alienation becoming prevalent due to technological distraction. Statistics uncovered during research for this piece are disturbing. Anxiety over “missing out” causes people to check their cell phones constantly, creating dependency. Online bullying is also increasing. Even pre-teens are becoming the victims of online harrassment which sometimes escalates into actual physical fights. Additionally, 3D movies have been found to cause dizziness, disorientation, headaches, and blackouts. Although technology is the future, like anything new, we must learn how to use its positive effects and not fall victim to the other side. Jordan Chiolis contributes an original score for this work.

Dinner is Served is choreographed by Rachel List to the music of Dimitri Shostakovich’s Jazz Suites #1 and 2. Inspired by the drawings of Edward Gorey, this mad-cap romp showcases a formal dinner party in an unusual household. The tone of the evening is set by the hostess, a prima ballerina who enjoys re-interpreting some of her greatest roles over the course of the evening, while her husband tries to maintain calm in the midst of a bustling household staff and the couple’s hyper-active children.

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