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Dance Concert Brings Alumni Talent Back to Campus

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One Breath, a work by Adjunct Professor Amy Marshall, is based on the idea of coming together as the human race. To bring the dance to Hofstra’s stage for the Fall 2019 Dance Concert, she is collaborating with two alumni: Julia Neto ’15 and Kevin William ’16, now members of her prestigious, Manhattan-based Amy Marshall Dance Company. One Breath, funded by a grant from the Queens Council for the Arts, has been performed previously at venues throughout Queens, Long Island University’s Kumble Theater, East Hampton’s Guild Hall, and the Ailey Citigroup Theater in Manhattan.

“One of the most wonderful outcomes for a dance major graduating from Hofstra is when they are able to join the professional dance community as performers,” said Rachel List, director of Hofstra’s Dance Program.  “This is the happy circumstance for Julia and Kevin. In addition to performing, company members are often tasked with setting repertoire on college dance departments. We are thrilled to have Julia and Kevin back in this capacity.”

The Fall Dance Concert will be performed at the Toni and Martin Sosnoff Theater at the John Cranford Adams Playhouse, November 21-24. One Breath, featuring an original music score by Kevin Keller and costumes by Hofstra’s own Meredith Van Scoy,

is just one work in an eclectic program of choreography by guest artists and Hofstra faculty members.

Show times are 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, November 21 and 22; 2 and 8 p.m. on Saturday, November 23; and 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 24.

Members of the Hofstra community receive two free tickets upon presentation of a current HofstraCard. Tickets are $10; $8 for adults 65+ or matriculated, non-Hofstra students with I.D. 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 starting 90 minutes prior to show time.

(Please note that free Hofstra community tickets cannot be purchased online – they can be picked up at the Box Office.)

Other featured dances:

Box Fugue, choreographed by Rachel List, is performed to an original musical score byMichael Sansonia. This abstract piece uses repetitive movement phrases and motifs that intertwine to create intricate patterns and layers, reminiscent of Bach’s use of musical phrases to create a rich tapestry of harmonies.

Beauties, choreographed by guest artist Maxine Steinman, is set to the expressive and melancholy fado music of Portugal. It explores the various ways women are perceived as they move through the journey of their lives.

OMU (“together“) is a rhythmic, tribal dance for nine women. This rite of passage is a journey that features the dancers’ individuality, humanity, kindred spirit, unity, celebration and love of connecting to the earth and to each other. It was choreographed by Livia Drapkin Vanaver in collaboration with the dancers and is set to traditional music from Samoa as well as to an original composition by Livia’s husband, Bill Vanaver.

Phases of the Moon is the junior repertory piece choreographed by Karla Wolfangle. The different sections of the dance take place as the moon travels from new moon to full. The musical score, created by composer Arthur Solari, also travels from contemporary to classical.

Choreographed by Caroline Copeland and set to a lush choral score by Caroline Shaw, Like a Moth to a Flame is preoccupied with how bodies move through and occupy space. In a cascading parade of action, the performers are constantly moving toward, away, and past each other, caught up in an intricate contredanse of both ancient and post-modern figures.

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. Hofstra’s dance degrees include a BFA in Dance, a BA in Dance, and a BS in Education, Dance Education. Hofstra’s Dance program was recently selected as one of “the Top 30 College Dance Programs for 2019-2020” by OnStageBlog.com.

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