Published March 28, 2016
The Koresh Dance Company, the technically superb and emotionally compelling contemporary dance company based in Philadelphia, will be in residence at UB April 11-15, a visit that will conclude in a performance by the company in the Center for the Arts on April 15.
That performance, part of the M&T Bank Dance Series, will take place at 8 p.m. in the Mainstage theater. A pre-performance talk will begin at 7:15 p.m. Tickets are $31.50 for the general public and $13.50 for students from any school. Tickets may be purchased at the CFA box office and at tickets.com.
In addition to the public performance on April 15, the company will be performing for students at Cloverbank Elementary School in Hamburg, and conducting workshops and a lecture/demonstration at the Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts.
Company members also will conduct master classes with UB dance students.
The residency is made possible through the ArtsCONNECT program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts. It also is supported, in part, by the Buffalo Dance Center.
Currently celebrating its 25th anniversary, Koresh Dance Company was founded by Israeli-born Artistic Director Roni Koresh. The company's vast repertoire — Roni’s signature style combines ballet, modern, jazz, folk and more — has been celebrated locally, nationally and internationally. The raw athleticism and human passion of Roni’s choreography leaves audiences dazzled year after year.
The Koresh residency is the most recent of more than 20 professional dance outreach projects offered by the Center for the Arts since 1997 to provide arts education to more than 27,000 students at schools primarily in the city of Buffalo. These students have been given the opportunity to experience live, professional dance performances in their schools, free of charge, by some of the world’s finest companies.
In addition, UB dance majors benefit from master classes with members of these professional dance companies.
The residency activities also include UB’s partner hospitals in the Arts in Healthcare Initiative — Roswell Park Cancer Institute and Women and Children’s Hospital.