Geneseo Dance Ensemble to perform ‘without limits’

Keith Walters/SUNY Geneseo Jillian Johnson, a junior at SUNY Geneseo, dances on stage. The Geneseo Dance Ensemble is scheduled to perform March 4 to 7.

GENESEO – While the audience may be limited due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the performers won’t be.

The Geneseo Dance Ensemble is scheduled to perform “Dancing Without Limits,” a show featuring live and digital works created by SUNY Geneseo dance studies faculty and student choreographers. The works will feature 25 performers.

Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. March 4 to 6, and 2 p.m. March 7 in the Alice Austin Theatre in William A. Brodie Hall on the SUNY Geneseo campus. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, only SUNY Geneseo students, faculty and staff are admitted. Seating will be limited. Admission is free, but reservations are required. Reservations may be made through the Student Association Ticket Office or via email at bbo@geneseo.edu.

The concert is artistically directed, curated, and produced by professor of dance studies Jonette Lancos with associate director Mark Broomfield, a 1994 graduate of SUNY Geneseo where he is now assistant professor of dance studies.

Lancos will introduce “Forward Into Light,” celebrating the efforts of generations of women dedicated to the suffragist movement in the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that granted American women the right to vote.

Adjunct faculty member Deborah Scodese-French will present “Resilience,” a dance based on images portraying the struggle and stark beauty of nature to overcome and survive.

Adjunct faculty member Nicolette Ferguson will showcase “Masked But Not Silent,” moving in solidarity with protestors and all those who are speaking out against racism. Ferguson will also perform “My Path,” a solo “remembering and celebrating my ancestors, as I stand on their shoulders.”

Dance studies faculty also mentored works choreographed by students enrolled in the dance studies program. Adjudicator Norwood Pennewell selected “Of the Essence” by senior Lauren Hummel and “Becoming” by senior Samantha Bruno. The dance faculty selected tap piece “Fleet-Footed” by junior Zachary Iannotta and “Perspectives” by senior Megan Leczinsky. The Dance Improvisation class will also perform “Action Words” and the Dance Composition class will perform “Sheltered Spring,” both directed by Lancos.

In addition to Lancos and Broomfield, “Dancing Without Limits” is curated and directed in collaboration with student assistants seniors Samantha Bruno, Lauren Hummel, and Megan Leczinsky. Stage managers are junior Julia Albino, sophomore Hannarose Manning, and junior Jake Rogan. The house manager is freshman Rachel Joseph.

Johnnie Ferrell, chair of theater and dance, technical director, and lighting and sound designer, is mentoring several student lighting designers. They are juniors Emma Celt, Caysie Doughty, Madisun Edmond, Tessa Hensler, and Jake Rogan, and seniors Raphael Elmasri, Piper Lambert-Vail, Megan Palmer, William Snyder, and Emily Zandy.

Bonita Stubblefield, lecturer and theater costume designer, is designing costumes for “Forward Into Light” and “Resilience.”

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