Hofstra University’s Dance Program will present its annual Fall Dance Concert at the John Cranford Adams Playhouse, November 17-20, 2016. 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 may receive up to two free tickets upon presentation of a current HofstraCard. For tickets call the Hofstra Box Office at 516-463-6644 Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-3:45 p.m. or purchase online at Hofstratickets.com. If available, tickets will also be sold at the door by cash or check only, starting 90 minutes prior to show time.
Hofstra faculty choreographers include Rachel List, Amy Marshall and Karla Wolfangle, and guest choreographers Judith Moss, former dancer with Dan Wagoner & Dancers; David Parker, artistic director of The Bang Group; and Igal Perry, founder and artistic director of Peridance Contemporary Dance Company and Peridance Capezio Center.
The Fall Concert dances include:
As Night Descends is choreographed by Rachel List, director of the Hofstra Dance Program, in collaboration with the dancers. The piece is inspired by various Spanish influences including Sevillanas, a traditional dance from the area of Seville in Spain, Cuban love songs, and flamenco guitar music taken to the extreme.
Come Down Right, by guest choreographer David Parker, is performed to music by Aaron Copland as well as several traditional Shaker Songs. Mr. Parker writes: “Come Down Right was inspired by the Shakers and their belief in the redemptive properties of cooperative work. I found resonance between this belief and my experience of dancers’ lives. We too are devoted to work, zealous about its execution and see in it the possibility of transcendence.”
L’Air du Temps (Air of Time) is choreographed by Karla Wolfangle, Associate Adjunct Professor on the Hofstra Dance Faculty. The work is inspired by the Czech composer Antonin Dvorak’s Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104, B. 191 and the illustration of Maxfield Parrish’s “Daybreak.”
Guest choreographer Judith Moss writes about her piece Jagged Lines – Liquid Edge: “Creating a dance is a very personal, interactive process that takes into account the individual strengths, rhythms, and skills of the dancers. With a score by new music composers David Arner (piano) and Rosi Hertlein (violin), abstract concepts of space, time, and energy are brought to life.”
Fish Blood is choreographed by Associate Adjunct Professor Amy Marshall with original music composed by the Dance Program’s Music Director Arthur Solari. The piece is inspired by the drawing Fish Blood by Gustav Klimt, and it emulates the ebb and flow of life.
The program will close with Eye of the Storm, a dynamic piece by guest choreographer Igal Perry. The piece is set to excerpts from Weather 1, a musical score by Michael Gordon. The piece uses turbulent weather as a metaphor for the emotions we encounter in life.
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. In Fall 2017 Hofstra will offer a BFA in Dance. The program currently offers two undergraduate degrees: a BA in Dance, and a BS in Education, Dance Education.