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Fall Dance on the Playhouse Stage

Thursday, November 20, to Sunday, November 23

Hofstra University’s Dance Program will present its annual Fall Dance Concert, at the John Cranford Adams Playhouse, November 20-23. Show times are 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. on Saturday; and 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Members of the Hofstra community receive two free tickets upon presentation of a current HofstraCard. Tickets are $12; $10 for senior citizens (over 65) or matriculated, non-Hofstra students with I.D. 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 fall concert features choreography by faculty members Rachel List, Amy Marshall, Colin Stilwell, Anna Troester, Karla Wolfangle and special guest Claire Porter of Claire Porter/PORTABLES. Porter, a 2013 Guggenheim Fellow, is a writer, dancer and choreographer whose work has been performed in Scotland, Germany, Holland, Latvia, Korea and India and in the US at The Joyce Theater, Town Hall, American Dance Festival, Lucille Ball Comedy Festival, Bates Dance Festival, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Florida Dance Festival and The Kennedy Center with the American College Dance Festival.

She is a Laban Movement Analyst and recently led two professional development workshops in Laban Motif Writing for Hofstra’s Dance Education and Physical Education majors.

Briana Giordano, Fall 2013. Photo by Johan Elbers.
Briana Giordano, Fall 2013. Photo by Johan Elbers.

About the dance pieces to be presented:

Decisions, Decisions is a text and movement piece created by Claire Porter in collaboration with the dancers. The piece is about the process of making up our minds. Questions such as: “Should I move to Memphis?” “Should I get married?” “Should I go back for the left-overs?” appear as a convolution of interconnected, tangled, unrelated and related events. This piece was created as part of the Junior Repertory Project, and the performers are made up of half of Hofstra’s junior dance majors.

Outer System is also part of the Junior Repertory Project, choreographed for the balance of the junior dance majors. Choreographed by Colin Stilwell, this piece is inspired by outer space and those who have journeyed to it.

Amy Marshall is the choreographer of In Fieri, taken from the Latin word meaning “being in process of accomplishment; beginning to have existence; not yet completely formed.” This piece is inspired by the process of how people come together to work towards a common goal.  This work was first created at Hofstra University in 2005 with original music by Arthur Solari.

In Letter to the Moon Karla Wolfangle is premiering a dance about the elements of air and earth. The choreography takes place in the setting from moonrise to moonrise, the span of a day.

Just Pleasure in Being, choreographed by Anna Troester, is inspired by the novel One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Nine dancers move through layers of memories, dreams, troubles and joys – remembering, striving for and basking in a blissful state of being. Evoking the surreal nature of the literary text, the loosely narrative events are mere fragments abstracted and pieced together from different places and times, blurring the line between reality and illusion. This dance work investigates how the quest for love and happiness seems to be ancient and enduring – an inevitable cycle that presents a unique struggle for each individual.

Journey,choreographed by Rachel List in collaboration with the dancers, is a piece that portrays a community bound together by ritual and history. Restless in nature, the members of this group feel compelled to pick up camp and move to a new home when the time is designated by ancient tradition. After an arduous journey, arrival at the new home site brings a sense of completion of one phase of the community’s life and the beginning of the next.

Several of these pieces feature music by recent Hofstra alumnus Jordan Chiolis ’11 and costume design by Hofstra student Ariel Kubit.

Top image: Eric Biss and Ricky Wenthen, Spring 2014. Photo by Johan Elbers.

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