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University presents dance concerts during four performances in February
1/19/09

The Alfred University Performing Arts Division will present an Evening of Dance on three dates — Thursday Feb. 19-Saturday Feb. 21 — as well as an afternoon performance on Feb. 21, in the CD Smith Theatre. Performances are at 8 p.m. and 2 p.m., respectively.

The dance concert will feature new works by students, faculty members, and the Marlin and Ginger Miller Resident Guest Artist Ursula Payne. General admission is $5; the fee is $1 for students. Tickets can be purchased through the Performing Arts Box Office by e-mailing performs@alfred.edu or by calling 607.871.2828. Reservations are highly recommended.

Student work will include dances created by Caylin Janet, a senior art & design major from Rockville, MD; Mellie Lonnemann, a senior art & design major from Indianapolis, IN; Saki Kitahara, a senior marketing major from Japan; and Jessica Davies, a senior psychology major from Corning.

Janet’s work, with its trance-inducing choreography, will contrast Davies’ highly physical work. Kitahara and Lonneman will perform their own solos that explore the darker aspect of the human psyche. Look for a broad range of sophisticated, distinctive dances.

Associate Professor of Dance at AU, D. Chase Angier, will reconstruct a “saucy” trio danced by AU students to the jazz music by Herb Alpert.
Robert Bingham, visiting artist in residence in dance, will present a new piece, created in collaboration with nine student dancers, that celebrates narrative multiplicity.

There will also be a sextet created by Jorg Pomplun, a Fulbright Teaching Assistant in the Modern Language Department, which will let you embark into the realm of symbolism and diversity through his collage of music and dynamically varied movement.

In addition, there will be a 14-member ensemble cast of AU students who will perform a highly kinetic new work choreographed by guest dance artist Payne.

Payne is the artistic director of Soul Deep Creations and has received two choreographic fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts. Her solo choreography has been presented nationally and internationally in venues such as Lincoln Center Out of Doors, New York City; Jacob’s Pillow Dance Inside Out series, Becket, MA; Tribeca Performing Arts Center, New York Cit; Joyce SoHo, New York City; and The Dance Place in Veracruz, Mexico. Her ensemble work has been commissioned for the National Taiwan University Dance Festival in Taipei, Taiwan.

She has dance with Dianne McIntyre at BAM, Nationals Black Arts Festival in Atlanta, in the film “The Beloved,” and the co-artistic director of Mills and Payne Dance based in New York from 1995-2000.

Payne is a professor of dance at Slippery Rock (PA) University and is on faculty at the American Dance Festival in North Carolina. This is her second residency at Alfred University.