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Alumna’s dance company to perform at Geva Theatre, Rochester

Performances by FuturPointe Dance will be featured at Geva Theatre Center’s Nextstage on Saturday, April 9, and Friday and Saturday, April 15 and April 16 at 7 p.m., and Sunday, April 10 at 2 p.m.

FuturPointe Dance, Rochester’s newest dance company, was formed in November 2009. FuturPointe co-director is Heather Roffe, AU class of 1994. She is also a choreographer and dancer at FuturPointe Dance, as well as visiting assistant professor of dance at the State University of New York at Brockport.

The five-member company will feature the work of multiple company choreographers, including pieces as aesthetically different as “Tangere,” an Argentine tango-inspired suite choreographed by Heather, and “Mashramani,” a blend of contemporary dance and Jamaican folklore choreographed by artistic director Guy Thorne.

Multimedia presentations of self-produced short films, as well as collaborations with local visual artists and composer/musicians complement the production.

A new work choreographed and set on the company by guest artist, Chris Walker, Assistant Professor at University of Wisconsin/Madison, will make its Rochester debut. The piece deals with issues of immigration, cultural displacement, urbanism, and competition. In February 2011, the company taught master classes and offered three sold-out performances during a residency at the University of Wisconsin/Madison. Lindsay Christians of The Capital Times, WI, who attended one of the performances, said: "The FuturPointe dancers... are electric, with deceptively relaxed movements and fabulous rhythms."

For tickets ($20 for adults, $15 for students/seniors/group discounts) or more information, call Geva Theatre’s box office at 585.232.GEVA (4382) or visit the Web site at: