This article is from the archives of the UB Reporter.


Published: April 30, 2012

  • Contemporary dance to be presented

    The work of four contemporary choreographers, including that of two UB faculty members, will be presented at “In Motion: A Concert of Contemporary Dance,” to take place at 7:30 p.m. May 5 in the Black Box Theatre in the Center for the Arts, North Campus.

    Highlights of the program, which will feature diverse works from emerging as well as established choreographers, include a new solo by Melanie Aceto, UB assistant professor of theatre and dance, that explores a plastic terrain, and “Necessary Grace” by Anne Burnidge, UB assistant professor of theatre and dance.

    “Necessary Grace,” developed in collaboration with multimedia artist Samantha Gorman, is a meditative journey of the human soma and psyche, exploring the topography of the human body as a means for seeking grace.

    The concert also will feature “Portage,” a complex and lively group work choreographed by Aceto to a score by composer Marc Mellits; James Hansen’s “Lovely,” which blends theatricality and complex partnering sequences to examine traditional roles for women in American society; and “True Love,” a piece by Starr Foster that showcases Foster’s unique humor, inventive partnering and ability to make a statement that evokes subjective thought.

    Collectively, the work of these artists has been shown at the prestigious Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival in Becket, Mass., as well as at venues in Toronto, Guatemala, Chile, Taiwan and New York City.

    Tickets for “In Motion” are $15 general admission and $10 for students, and can be purchased at the door and at all Ticketmaster outlets, including