Manhattanville Reid Castle In the Spring

Manhattanville College Spring Dance Concert Offers Diverse Perspectives
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 11:15

DanceTheatre 210x130The Spring Dance Concert will feature guest choreographers, Julio Monge and Peter Pucci, in addition to faculty choreographer Heather Cornell, and six student choreographers: Emily Frederick, Hannah Healey, Jordy Hope, Amanda Krapp, Sara Lewis, and Stefanie Raccuglia. The show, offered by the Dance and Theatre Department, opens Thursday, March 29.

"We have a nice variety of things," said Pucci. "Student works are diverse and some students are using contemporary music. It's wonderfully spirited."

The show will take place at 8 p.m. in the Little Theater of Brownson Hall from March 29-31. There will be a special matinee on April 1 at 2 p.m. A question and answer session with the choreographer for audience members will follow the show on Saturday. Tickets are $10 for general admissions and $5 for senior citizens and with a Manhattanville College ID.

The students involved in the show come from a variety of backgrounds and twenty-one different disciplines, creating an entertaining show full of different perspectives.

Pucci, Manhattanville's artist-in-residence, is presenting new work based on After the Fall, a book that features personal stories and memories of New Yorkers regarding 9/11. He attempts to create an abstract narrative about his own response to the stories through a dance number.

Pucci is a Lucille Lortel Award winner and Drama Desk Nominate for Outstanding Choreography for Queens Boulevard, the musical. He also received a Drama Desk Award for his work on The Orphans' Home Cycle at the Signature Theater, among various other recognitions.

For the program, Monge choreographed selections from West Side Story, and incorporates songs from the musical such as "America" and "Cool."