Choreography Dazzles at Spring Dance Concert

The works of noted choreographers and rising stars showcase outstanding talent in dance.

                                                                                                                                                                                               Photos by Candace Kaw | CoTA

By Barbara Melendez

      USF News

TAMPA, Fla. (Feb. 5, 2014) – USF’s talented School of Dance faculty and students are prepared to dazzle audiences this month with the works of internationally renowned dancers and choreographers.

This year’s program features pieces by Robert Moses and Ohad Naharin, new works by USF faculty members Jeanne Travers, Paula Nuñez and Andee Scott in collaboration with dance artist Karen de Luna Fors.

As a former member of the Robert Moses’ KIN Company in San Francisco, Bliss Kohlmyer has a strong connection with the work she is presenting, “Lucifer’s Prance.” She is restaging Moses' hyper-physical tour-de-force, hailed by the San Francisco Examiner as "a truly devilish, almost ritualistic whirlwind."

Moses has choreographed for film, theatre and opera including the San Francisco Opera, the Cincinnati Ballet, London’s Laban Center and the Robert Henry Johnson Dance Company. He is a John W. Holloway Endowment guest artist.

Yaniv Abraham, another Holloway guest artist, is a member of Naharin’s Batsheva Dance Company and has restaged "Echad Mi Yodea" from Naharin’s signature dance, “Minus 16.”

Naharin is the subject of a forthcoming film “Mr. Gaga,” named for his inventive technique of dancing. During his residency, Abraham has introduced Naharin’s Gaga technique to USF’s dance students.

USF’s faculty members are also global artists.

Nuñez, founder and artistic director of America’s Ballet School, has taught at USF since 2005. She has danced as a soloist and principal dancer in South America and the U.S. and has performed throughout the world. Her piece is titled “The True Lie” and is inspired by Salvador Dali.

Travers’ choreography is nationally and internationally known and she is involved in collaborations with poets, musicians, videographers, ceramic artists, scultors, actors, weavers and designers as well as opera singers. Her collaboration with Lisa Roll takes on the global issue of water inspired by the film “One Water” directed by Sanjeev Chatterjee. Original music is by Bob Macar, a popular Tampa Bay musician and arranger.

Scott working with Fors, director of Proyecto al Margen in Guadalajara, Mexico, are presenting a work-in-progress, “SnowGlobe.” They share an interest in research into the body in motion and its intersections with new media and projection design.

BFA students are performing in works they choreographed. BFA student Michael Jones is appearing solo in “Fannie Lee” named for his grandmother. Nicole Fattorusso choreographed a group piece titled “Over Again” which has been selected to be presented at the American College Dance Festival Association conference.

DanceUSF Spring Dance Concert will be held Feb. 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21 and 22 at 8 p.m. and Feb. 16 at 3 p.m. in Theatre I on the USF Tampa Campus.

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Barbara Melendez can be reached at 813-974-4563