Fredonia Dance Ensemble performs in virtual format April 30, May 1


The Fredonia Dance Ensemble will perform four works in a virtual format as part of the Walter Gloor Mainstage 2020-21 series from the Department of Theater and Dance.

The ensemble’s spring performance will consist of pre-recorded works presented at an online event hosted live on Friday April 30 and Saturday May 1 at 7:30 pm The production will air on ShowTix4U. Ticket prices are $ 8 for a single spectator and $ 16 for a household (plus ticketing fees). Tickets can be purchased online.

The Fredonia Dance Ensemble will present four choreographic works – one each from FDE Artistic Director, Paula J. Peters (Assistant Dance Teacher), Anthony Alterio (Assistant Dance Teacher), Dale A. Merrill (Guest Choreographer and Dean, College of the Arts, California State University at Fullerton) and Doug Varone (guest choreographer and artistic director of Doug Varone and Dancers).

Peters’ work is called “Feels Like Heaven”, Alterio’s is called “That BITCH!” “, Merrill’s is called” Divided “and Varone’s is called” Strict Love “.

Each evening’s performance will be hosted live on an online platform, with a pre-show welcome by Assistant Professor Peters, and will feature a question-and-answer session with dancers from each of the choreographic works.

Peters noted that working under the unique circumstances created by the ongoing pandemic provided an opportunity for students to broaden their thinking.

“This pandemic has forced the choreography and dance performance to change instantly. There was no choice, “she said.” I hope the students will understand that this was positive. It was an opportunity to broaden their thinking about ‘the way things are. And to adapt in a way they never imagined. I hope they have learned that all that we consider to be permanent changes, and to be open and excited about the idea of change as an opportunity, rather than something to fear.

Peters explained that the production included filming dances at different locations on the Fredonia campus, both indoors and outdoors. It also led to the use of editing techniques that merged dance with technology, “creating a screen dance experience for the viewer”.

The director believes this experience will give viewers a new insight into the world of dance.

“Dancing is more than just watching people on stage,” said Peters. “It is a reflection of the resilience of those who choose it as their path of life. Everything the audience sees is just a fraction of the work that went into creating and producing the choreography and performance. Dancers, choreographers, theater designers and technicians are special people who lead the charge of leaving behind what was in order to constantly create new possibilities for human expression.

For those who won’t be able to watch production on April 30 or May 1, it will be available for rental during the week of May 2-8.


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