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Emerging Choreographers Showcase Opens Dec 1st

UB Theatre and Dance Presents
Emerging Choreographers Showcase
Directed by Melanie Aceto

December 1-3, 2017, Katharine Cornell Theatre, UB North


The University at Buffalo Theatre & Dance Department will present Emerging Choreographers Showcase from December 1-3, 2017. Performance times are: Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm; Sunday at 2:00pm. All performances will be held in the Katharine Cornell Theatre, 102 Fillmore-Ellicott Academic Complex, University at Buffalo North Campus. Tickets are $20 for General Admission, Students & Seniors are $10.


Emerging Choreographers Showcase is a dance concert of new works by advanced-level UB student choreographers. The showcase, directed by Associate Professor Melanie Aceto, features ten new works by choreographers Kaitlyn Arnold, Kathlenne Bark, Olivia Bergmann, Jessica Caraciolo, Alyssa Coleman, Bianca Dam, Taylor Heaphy, Sydney Hale, Rachel Latke, Jessica Levin, Olivia Lovsin, and Mariangela Perrella. The student lighting designer is Sarah Seitz.


These works are inspired by themes of both vulnerability and power. Pieces address the vulnerability in not knowing and gender dysphoria, and the power of water and the power of human partnerships. These new works capitalize on the unique layout of the Katharine Cornell Theatre and explore a variety of mediums including a tap piece and a dance for camera. The diversity of dance styles and use of space create an exciting performance that challenges conventional perspectives.


The UB Department of Theatre & Dance 2017-18 season takes inspiration from one of the five named UB 2020 themes, Innovation.


A Note from the Director: 

Emerging Choreographers Showcase (ECS) is a concert of works choreographed and performed by student dance majors. Each year, advanced level student choreographers apply to make a piece, and eight to ten students are then invited to create and present their work under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Student proposals are selected based on their choreographic experience and work samples.  For the past five years or so, many of the works have come out of choreography II coursework.  Students will further develop a piece they began the semester prior in class.  Often works that have been developed for ECS will go on to represent UB at the American College Dance Festival.

The coupling of teaching Choreography II and directing ECS works well. In Choreography II students are exposed to a wide variety of professional work on video and are pushed to make dances in a way in which they may have not created before.  In this year’s concert we have our first Dance for Camera piece. This piece, along with a few others, came out of Choreography II projects.  Through their work in class and then in ECS, students gain a solid understanding of what it means to develop a work over time. The dance faculty very much enjoy mentoring these works and seeing their development.

The works continue to get more exciting and inventive as the years go on. We’ve had pieces with sand, real leaves, multiple pieces using the giant and hearty science table and one year in the black box, half of the dance was performed on the cage above the stage!

~Melanie Aceto, Director



7:30 PM: Dec 1 & 2, 2017

2:00 PM: Dec 3, 2017



University at Buffalo
North Campus
Katharine Cornell Theatre, (KCT)
102 Fillmore-Ellicott Academic Complex


$20.00 General Public
$10.00 Student/Senior Admission

Tickets can be purchased at the Door (KCT).

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