An Evening of Dance Join the Alfred University’s Performing Arts Division for the 2022 Evening of Dance featuring live performance, with integrated mixed media. This year’s concert features the 2021-2022 Marlin Miller guest artist Marianela Boán who created a new work that will be performed by Alfred University students and a second Marlin Miller guest artist, James Levy Jr., who will perform a new solo. The performance also features choreographic works by Alfred University faculty D. Chase Angier and Colleen Wahl and students Meira Naugle and Brenna Turner, as well as lighting design by faculty Maureen Weiss, and video and sound design by Eric Souther. This year’s event highlights the truly collaborative nature of the performing arts. Attendees will experience the many skilled roles Alfred University students take on in the process, including: choreographer, dancer, costume designer, costume builder, lighting designer and stage crew. This event is made possible by the generous support of the Marlin Miller Dance Residency Program, and School of Art and Design + Performing Arts Division.
The dates and times of year’s event are: February 17th, 18th and 19th at 8 pm in Miller Theater.
BIOGRAPHY FOR MARIANELA BOAN Marianela Boán, worked with 12 AU students via zoom to create the work you are seeing tonight. Marianela, currently living in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, is an internationally recognized choreographer and one of the most important artists of the Cuban and Latin American dance vanguard. Her revolutionary style “Dance Polluted” radically mixes all arts associated with dance, producing an expressive and original scenic result. As a choreographer, dancer, and teacher, Boán has worked in more than 40 countries presenting her works and giving workshops in numerous venues and festivals in Europe, Latin America, Asia, and Africa. She has created nearly 70 choreographic works for dance, theatre, TV and film companies. This project builds on the work she created during her residency at Alfred University last year during which she created a new work titled Beyond https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zz1es9rHWMM. Beyond was collaboratively created with nine AU students and featured on International Dance Day. During both her 2021 and 2022 residency, Marianela has given lectures, taught classes and created work. Boán was the founding director of the companies DanzAbierta in Cuba, then BoanDanz Action in the USA, and then Compañía Nacional de Danza Contemporánea of the Dominican Republic, for the past 10 years. The Encounter of Women of Latin America in the Performing Arts, 2014, paid homage to her life and professional work by awarding her the Glo prize. Her works have been presented world-wide and extensively in Cuba, Colombia, Costa Rica, Spain, Peru, Portugal, Equador and the USA. Most importantly she has performed several times in Alfred through the Marlin Miller Dance Residency Program. In 2018, UNESCO selected her to write the International Dance Day message for the Américas. BIOGRAPHY FOR JAMES LEVY JR. James Levy Jr. is a Hip Hop/Funk Styles dancer, teacher, and performer from Buffalo, New York. He has been a part of the dance community for 15 years. Involvement includes participation in battles/competitions, workshops, and organizing/hosting various Hip Hop events. Sharing and exchanging through teaching, competing, and community outreach, he hopes to continue bringing a positive and uplifting energy to those around him through the education of dance and culture.