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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 performances will be 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 at https://www.showtix4u.com/events/FredoniaTADA “https://www.showtix4u.com/events/FredoniaTADA” .

The Fredonia Dance Ensemble will present four choreographic works – one each by 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).

Each evening’s performance will be hosted live on an online platform, with a welcome pre-show by 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 it was positive. It was an opportunity to broaden their thinking about “the way things are” and adapt in ways they never imagined. I hope they have learned that everything we see as permanent change, and that they should be open and enthusiastic about change as an opportunity, rather than something to be feared.

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

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

“Dancing is more than watching people on stage” Peters said. “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.

If you can’t watch the production on April 30 or May 1, it will be available for rental during the week of May 2-8.

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