Zodiaque Dance Company to Perform Feb. 23-25, March 1-4

By David Wedekindt

Release Date: January 8, 2007

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Center for the Arts at the University at Buffalo will present "Zodiaque Dance Storm" on Feb. 23-25 and March 1-4 in the Drama Theatre in the Center for the Arts on the UB North (Amherst) Campus.

Performances will be held at 8 p.m. on Feb. 23-24 and March1-3 and at 2 p.m. on Feb. 25 and March 4.

"Zodiaque Dance Storm" will be a two-weekend eruption of diverse programming including new and recent works by UB's Zodiaque Dance Company. Among the highlights will be group works choreographed by UB Dance faculty members Melanie Aceto, Tressa Gorman Crehan, Jeanne Fornarola and William Thomas; UB Young Choreographer Richard Ashworth; and invited guest choreographers Joseph Celej, Jody Dombrowski, Jon Lehrer, Roberto Villanueva and Leslie Wexler.

Premiering in week one, Zodiaque welcomes recent Princeton graduates and emerging composers Drew Fornarola and Scott Elmgreen. Fornarola and Elmgreen present an original music theatre score, choreographed by Jeanne Fornarola. In week two, Aceto's choreography will be showcased by music composed by Mark Olivieri, a composer in residence at SUNY Brockport and Ph.D. candidate at UB. The new work will be performed live by guest artist Nicola Melville, a New Zealand-born concert pianist.

Tickets for Zodiaque Dance Storm are $16 general admission and $8 for students and seniors. Tickets are available from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday in the Center for the Arts Box Office and all Ticketmaster locations, including Kaufmann's. To charge tickets, call 852-5000; in Canada, call 1-416-870-8000. For group sales, call 645-6771. For more information, call 645-ARTS. The Center for the Arts is a Ticketfast location. Students (of any school) must present valid student ID at the Center Box Office to receive discount.