The Hamilton College Department of Dance and Movement Studies will present its Fall Dance Concert on Friday, Nov. 11, and Saturday, Nov. 12 at 8 p.m., in Wellin Hall. The performance will feature student dancers and choreography by Hamilton College faculty Elaine Heekin, Sandra Stanton, Bruce Walczyk and Paris Wilcox.
Bruce Walczyk will present “Time, Net Work and Sacrifice,” a performance work based on the life of his recently deceased uncle. His fondness for Native American culture, fishing, woodworking, rock hunting and metal detecting is blended with the results of injuries and sacrifice incurred during war. The soundtrack is provided by Wendy Carlos and the Talking Heads. Performers are Woody Faugas, Eliza Kenney '15, Ronald German, Richard Lloyd, Michael Reyes '14, Nathan Stockwell-Velazquez '12, Bruce Walczyk and Alexandra Walker '13.
Elaine Heekin will offer a new work titled “The Ritual,” a two-part piece. In “The Ceremony,” Heekin focuses on the ritual of marriage in its present-day status. The second part, “The Celebration,” is an inter-generational piece involving members of the community: Jack Cassidy, Leslie Bell (Career Center), Ester Walczyk, George Marsh, Nancy Murray, and Richard Lloyd (lecturer in dance). It is a lively, energetic work performed to zumba music. The Ritual also includes student performers Emma Leeds '12, Nathan Stockwell-Velazquez '12, Katherine Watson '12 and alumnus Yan (Kit) Pang '10.
Paris Wilcox presents work set to the first movement of Bach's Concerto for Two Violins in D Minor, and features Hamilton seniors Katharine Kearney, Sara Leshen and Nathan Stockwell-Velazquez. Bach Violin Trio both explores some of the score’s musical elements and showcases the technical proficiency of the dancers.
Sandra Stanton presents “A Rising,” a new four-section dance piece performed by Sara Leshen '12, Leah Berryhill '13, Clair Fitch '12, Katharine Kearney '12 and alumnus Yan Pang. Musical selections include compositions from Zoe Keating, Bruno Coulais and two others from fellow Juilliard colleague Kenji Bunch. Using ballet-based movement and at times extremely athletic partnering, “A Rising” traces a simple story of struggle and triumph. This piece is dedicated to Stanton’s parents.
Tickets for this event are $5 for adults/ $3 for senior citizens and students. For more information call: (315) 859-4331 or visit: www.hamiltonpa.org.