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Three evening performances of spring Dance Theater Concert scheduled

Alfred University (AU) will present spring 2014 Dance Theater Concert performances featuring the work of guest artist Amy Smith, on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, Feb. 20-22 at 8 p.m. in the Miller Performing Arts Theater.

The shows will also feature original works choreographed by AU dance students. To make reservations, please email or call 607.871.2828. The dance concert series is presented by the University, its College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the Division of Performing Arts and is made possible through funding from The Marlin and Ginger Miller Dance Residency Program.

Philadelphia-based choreographer Smith, with whom AU has a long-standing relationship, is a founder and co-director of Headlong, a performance and creation research platform.  Since 1993, Headlong has created collaborative dance theater works and toured nationally.  Many AU dance minors have attended Headlong following graduation.

Outside of Headlong, Smith has performed in the work of Deborah Hay, Ishmael Houston Jones, and others.  She has also performed extensively in theater and cabaret and has won both a Barrymore (Philadelphia Theatre Award) for 1812 Productions’ “Suburban Love Songs” and a Bessie (New York Dance Award) for Headlong’s “ST*R W*RS” and other stories.   

Smith often mentors younger artists and companies in Philadelphia and teaches workshops in Financial Literacy to artists nationally through the Creative Capital Professional Development Program.

The student pieces will feature dancers representing a diverse range of majors selected through a rigorous audition process. Marketa Fantova, AU associate professor of theater design, and several of her students will create the costumes and lighting for the programs.

The daily performances will culminate in the presentation of an original dance work by 15 AU students choreographed by Smith.

Fantova has received several awards for costume, mask, and scenic design, including two awards from the ACTF-Kennedy Center. She holds a bachelor of arts degree equivalent in industrial and graphic design from the School of Vaclav Hollar, the Czech Republic, a bachelor of fine arts degree in scenography from DAMU Theatre Academy of Music Arts, Prague, and a master of fine arts degree in scene design from Wayne State University, Detroit. In addition, she received a technical certification in architecture from Czech Technical University. Fantova has provided design work in the United States, Italy, and the Czech Republic.

The Miller Dance Residency Program, designed to bring world-class dancers and choreographers to the AU campus to work with students as well as to perform, is made possible by a gift from Dr. Marlin Miller, a 1954 graduate of Alfred University and a current member of the Board of Trustees, and his wife, Ginger Miller.