Zodiaque Dance Company's Celebration 45, presented by UB Theatre and Dance

Zodiaque Dance Company - dancers on stage in brightly colored dresses with swirling golden flags.

Release Date: October 17, 2018 This content is archived.


BUFFALO, NY - UB Theatre and Dance Presents  Zodiaque Dance Company - Celebration 45 45th Anniversary Celebration! Directed by Kerry Ring and Jenna Del Monte November 15-18, 2018. Part of the UB Department of Theatre & Dance 2018 – 2019 Season.

Under the direction of Kerry Ring and Jenna Del Monte, the 2018-19 academic year marks the 45th anniversary of Zodiaque Dance Company.  The Company kicks-off this anniversary year by presenting CELEBRATION 45, an awe-inspiring array of diversified choreography performed by current UB dancers.  The company exhibits a tremendous range of styles and repertory and fosters tradition, while continuing to encourage the creation of new works by faculty, students, alumni and guest choreographers.  CELEBRATION 45 highlights include: works choreographed by UB Dance faculty/alumna member Danielle Sheather (2003); directors/faculty Kerry Ring and Jenna Del Monte; alumnus Richard Ashworth (2007); past honoree Chanon Judson (2008) and alumna (2002); past director of Music Theatre, Lynne Kurdziel Formato; and MFA in Dance candidate Nitya Seshadri.  Rounding out the evening will be featured guest choreography by Bryan Strimpel Baira & Shaina Branfman Baira, and Zodiaque's signature bow staged by Zodiaque Immediate Past Artistic Director, Tom Ralabate.  Guest alumni lighting designers are Andrew DG Hunt and Tannis Kappel, and illuminating the awards pre-show will be student lighting designer Joe Crumlish.  

On Friday, November 16, a special GALA performance of CELEBRATION 45 will ignite the Center for the Arts.  Highlighted that evening will be a 7 p.m. pre-show to the concert with the awarding of the first Marilyn Bonfiglio Ciancio Zodiaque Award; a presentation by Zodiaque Studio Dance Ensemble choreographed by recent UB Dance/Zodiaque graduates, Rachel Latke & Jessica Levin, and the presentation of Zodiaque Distinguished Alumni Awards and Zodiaque Directors' Awards.  Honorees for the evening include:  UB Dance Director Jeanne Fornarola; Matt Pardo (2007); Jinah Parker (2004); Karen Schupp (1996); and posthumously Cathleen Wendel Lista (1997).  The celebration will conclude with a reception and a gathering of UB Theatre & Dance and Zodiaque alumni, friends, and guests in the Center for the Arts Atrium.  Tickets can be purchased at ubcfa.org/tickets.

CELEBRATION 45 is thankful to receive sponsorship from the Office of the President; the Office of the Dean, College of Arts and Sciences; and the College of Arts and Sciences Advancement Office.  Honorary Co-Chairs for the event are Mrs. Kamlesh Tripathi and Mrs. Carol Greiner.

DATES & TIMES:  Thursday, Nov 15th, 2018 @ 7:30 p.m. - Friday, Nov 16th, 2018 @ 7 p.m.  (Awards/Gala Concert) - Saturday, Nov 17th, 2018 @ 7:30 p.m.  - Sunday, Nov 18th, 2018 @ 2 p.m.

LOCATION: Drama Theatre Center for the Arts
 University at Buffalo North Campus

TICKETS:  $20.00 General Public $10.00 Student/Senior Admission Friday -11/16 Gala Concert all seats $45

CFA Box Office:  (716) 645-2787 Charge by phone:  1-877-987-6487 ubcfa.org/tickets    -    ticketfly.com

CFA Website: ubcfa.org
Department Website: theatredance.buffalo.edu


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