Raritan Valley Community College’s (RVCC) Visual and Performing Arts Department will present the Student/Faculty Dance Concert, Tuesday and Wednesday, April 28 and 29, at 8 p.m. The event will be held in the Edward Nash Theatre at the College’s Branchburg Campus. The concert is being produced by Loretta Fois, Director of RVCC’s dance program.
The concert will include an excerpt of a new dance-opera, The Icarus Project. Set during Fascist Italy, the opera is a theatrical realization of an individual’s attempt to enlighten people about the beauty of freedom. The opera features dancers from the College and the community and is performed to original music by composer Elliot Sokolov, with lyrics by Isidore Elias. Choreography and direction is by Sabatino Verlezza and Loretta Fois.
The program also will feature works by faculty and students, all of which will be performed by RVCC student dancers. Faculty choreography will include the premiere of Germane in the Game, choreographed by Lees Hummel. This fun quartet involves video gamers at a slumber party who become sucked into the game. Lisa Grimes, an RVCC adjunct faculty member, will premiere ChaUs, a piece reflecting the inner chaos that results from our own choices, as well as things that are out of our control. Refates, a new piece for five dancers about the circle of life featuring music from Tuva and Tibet, will be premiered by guest artist Randy James.
Students in the Arts and Wellness course will present three individual choreographic portraits on the subject of art, healing and inspiration. Student artists Erica Restrepo, Tina Neoushoff and Emily Stecher will offer personal solo explorations and will collaboratively unify their experiences into a singular dance theater collage.
Three student pieces were chosen for the concert. The student choreography is the culmination of a semester of classwork as the students created and rehearsed the new works to be performed. Choreographers include Tiffany Dorflinger, Arica Zentner, Kaitlin Geoghegan and Emily Stecher.