GENESEO — SUNY Geneseo’s Department of Theatre and Dance Studies is presenting the Geneseo Dance Ensemble in “Dancing on the Edge” featuring new works by faculty and guest artists.


The concert, artistically directed and produced by Professor of Dance Studies, Jonette Lancos with Associate Professor Dr. Mark Broomfield, will be presented in the Alice Austin Theatre on Feb. 27-29 at 7:30 p.m., and March 1 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 and available at the Student Association Ticket Office or at http://bbo.geneseo.edu.


Guy Thorne, Guest Artist during Fall 2019 semester, will premiere They Slice the Air and Reinvent Themselves set to the words of Charles Bukowski with music by Wganda Kenya. Based on traditional Jamaican movement incorporating Garth Fagan technique, the dancers use machetes to symbolize sugar cane cutters, while continuously redefining themselves.


Jon Lehrer, Guest Artist during Fall 2018 semester, choreographed Sirenic, a representation of aspects of women in today’s age. The title derives from sirens of Greek mythology, female creatures who by their singing, charm sailors to shipwreck.


Taking Flight, a new work by Associate Professor of Dance Studies, Dr. Mark Broomfield, choreographed to Bach Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, Prélude by Yo-Yo Ma, delights in the unbound expression of joy, newfound heights of friendship and soaring voices of hope for future generations.


Nicolette Ferguson, Adjunct Faculty will premiere Light featuring a solo and a quartet set to two musical selections from Edward Bland and The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, exploring the word, “Light,” as in not heavy, but easygoing, lighthearted, buoyant and lively in nature. Deborah Scodese-French, Adjunct Faculty will present Women Gather, inspired by a quote by Sark and a community building project in Lake Eyasi in Tanzania, is a contemporary dance that displays and embodies the power, comfort, joy and unity found within a community of women. Jonette Lancos, Professor of Dance Studies premieres a charismatic, radiant, classical ballet to the Allegro Vivo section of Symphony in C by George Bizet.


Invited works by students Lauren Hummel ‘21, who crafted Absence, based on the journey through grieving a loss and finding acceptance and Zachary Iannotta ‘22, who created Body Love, which deals with the issue of society’s unrealistic standards of body image affecting young women’s mental health. Alumna, Samantha Schmeer ‘19 explored for her Dance MFA auditions, Finding the Zenith to a poem by Edith Södergran. Rhythms Under the Sun will perform their final dance composition projects using the Elements and Principles of Design as exhibited in selected paintings.


Dancing on the Edge is directed by Professor Jonette Lancos in collaboration with senior student assistants Sonia Bartolomeo ‘20, Jessica Clagnaz ‘20 and Jordan Wisset ‘20. Stage manager is Julia Albino ’22. Theatre faculty Johnnie Ferrell is mentoring student lighting designers Matthew Esham ‘21, Nikko Garmendiz ‘19 and Cosette Ratliff ‘20. Theatre faculty Bonita Stubblefield is designing costumes and mentoring Megan Palmer ’21.


Dancing on the Edge is supported by generous donations through The Geneseo Foundation from supporters and local businesses. Join for the 52nd year of Geneseo Dance Ensemble and the 105th dance concert in an evening of distinctive, dynamic, original dance works.