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Highlights from Celebration 45 by Zodiaque Dance Company


UB Theatre & Dance celebrated the 45th Anniversary of Zodiaque Dance Company this fall. Featuring works choreographed by UB Dance faculty/alumna member Danielle Lydia Sheather (2003); directors/faculty Kerry Ring and Jenna Del Monte; alumnus Richard Ashworth (2007); past honoree Chanon Judson (2008) and alumna (2002); past director of Music Theatre, Lynne Kurdziel Formato; and MFA in Dance candidate Nitya Seshadri.  Rounding out the evening with featured guest choreography by Bryan Strimpel Baira & Shaina Branfman Baira, and Zodiaque’s signature bow staged by Zodiaque Immediate Past Artistic Director, Tom Ralabate.  Guest alumni lighting designers were Andrew DG Hunt and Tannis Kappel, and illuminating the awards pre-show with student lighting designer Joe Crumlish. 

On Friday, November 16th a special GALA performance of CELEBRATION 45 ignited the Center for the Arts.  Highlights that evening were a pre-show to the concert with the awarding of the first Marilyn Bonfiglio Ciancio Zodiaque Award, and the presentation of Zodiaque Distinguished Alumni Awards and Zodiaque Directors’ Awards. Honorees included:

UB Dance Director Jeanne FornarolaMatt Pardo (2007); Jinah Parker (2004); Karen Schupp (1996); and posthumously Cathleen Wendel Lista (1997).  The celebration concluded with a reception and a gathering of UB Theatre & Dance and Zodiaque alumni, friends, and guests in the Center for the Arts Atrium.

CELEBRATION 45 was thankful to receive sponsorship from the Office of the President; the Office of the Dean, College of Arts and Sciences; and the College of Arts and Sciences Advancement Office.  Honorary Co-Chairs for the event were Mrs. Kamlesh Tripathi and Mrs. Carol Greiner.