Spring Dance Concert

For the first time since fall 2019, Hofstra Dance will perform the works of faculty and guest choreographers at the Toni and Martin Sosnoff Theater at the John Cranford Adams Playhouse. Two works will be video presentations and four will be performed live from the Playhouse. While the concerts are not open to the general public, they may be viewed free via livestream. Performance times are Friday and Saturday, April 23 and 24, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 25, at 2 p.m. The Friday evening concert will be broadcast on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/c/hofstrauniversity. Watch the Saturday evening performance and Sunday afternoon matinee at www.twitch.tv/hofstradd.

Guest choreographers Jesse Obremski and David Parker were brought in to work on new compositions with the students, alongside Hofstra faculty members Adam Barruch, Robbie Cook, Claire Porter and Alexandra Williamson.

Obremski, an artistic associate with the Gibney Company, was Dance Magazine’s March 2019 Dancer “On The Rise.” He has performed with Diversity of Dance, Brian Brooks Moving Company, Peter Stathas Dance, Kate Weare Company, as a company member with Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, Buglisi Dance Theatre, WHITE WAVE, and has performed ensemble, soloist, and principal roles with The Limón Dance Company.

“Connecting with Hofstra University’s dancers, mainly virtually, has had its challenges and shared beautiful opportunities as well,” Obremski said. “I believe artists have a strong sense of imagination and can be seen as essential in this virtual age to create possibilities and adapt our processes.”

David Parker is, with Jeffrey Kazin, director of The Bang Group, a New York City-based, rhythm-driven, contemporary dance company that tours and performs widely through the United States, Canada and Europe.  The Bang Group is presented regularly in NYC by Danspace Project, New York Live Arts (and its predecessor Dance Theater Workshop,)  Dance Now NYC, Symphony Space, The Harkness Dance Festival and the 92nd Street Y among others.  Parker is also a Guggenheim Fellow in choreography and has won numerous awards for his work both in the US and abroad.

The full concert program includes:

Adam Barruch’s new work, Phases, explores a movement vocabulary based in the dynamic processes that nature undergoes to manifest and balance all that exists. This piece for nine women was created for half the junior class as their repertory project.

Claire Porter has created a new work for the other half of the junior class. Hats is a dance of hats, hat brims and hat fashion. Performed by 12 women in wide-brimmed hats to music by Mary Ellen Childs and text by Porter, Hats suggests the moment before one embarks into a post-Covid world.

Alexandra Williamson’s new piece, Moonflowers’ Apetala, explores how traditional dance, social dance, and concert dance may all exist in one work. The original score, by Ryan Wolfe, integrates a variety of rhythms and patterns and utilizes traditional instruments and computer software. 

Alone/Together, choreographed by Robbie Cook, explores dance in the Covid era. Eight dancers investigate physical and emotional distance and proximity to an original score by composer Arthur Solari.

Eclipse, choreographed by Jesse Obremski,speaks to how we view open and intimate spaces; inviting us to engage and respond to our own and collective thoughts, how we make choices on what is public and private, and how the two may potentially be one and the same.

Tenderfeet is a new tap dance quintet choreographed by David Parker, directed by Jeffrey Kazin.  It is set to musical chestnuts familiar to any piano student such as Bach’s Prelude in C Major, Flight of the Bumblebee, and Fascinatin’ Rhythm.  As the music loops back and forth between pop and classical sources, so the resourceful dancers adapt their bearing and comportment. All the while, they enliven these familiar pieces with snappy, syncopated and very modern tap dance vocabulary.

Performance times

Friday and Saturday, April 23 and 24, at 8 p.m.

Sunday, April 25, at 2 p.m.

The Friday evening concert will be broadcast on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/c/hofstrauniversity. Watch the Saturday evening performance and Sunday afternoon matinee at www.twitch.tv/hofstradd.

 

Spring Dance Concert symposium
Date: Friday and Saturday, April 23 and 24

Time: 8 p.m. EST

To join:

https://hofstra.zoom.us/j/97264623457?pwd=RUZIaFlUeVliY0cwMGcrT0xZMStGZz09

Meeting ID: 972 6462 3457

Passcode: 256779

Photo Credit: Johan Elbers. Dancers (L to R) Cassidy Reed, Kolyn Ryan, Siobhan Crosby, Emma Topper
 

Saturday, April 24, 2021

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Hofstra University Virtual Event
Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11549-1000
USA



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