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Student choreographers to offer ‘Efflorescence’
December 11, 2012Tweet
Efflorescence is defined as a result of growth and development.
Dozens of Binghamton University students will bring this word to life as dancers and choreographers showcase their talents at 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, in the Anderson Center’s Chamber Hall.
Produced by the choreography class taught by artist-in-residence Andy Horowitz, the show — titled “Efflorescence” — will feature more than 50 students who have been working all semester toward this debut.
“There are seven students in the choreography class this year,” Horowitz said. “They auditioned dancers, who receive one credit per number of dances that they’re cast in. So the class as a whole actually has quite a lot of students, but they come in two distinct groups — choreographers and dancers.”
To register for the choreography class, students either need to have taken prerequisites or have professorial approval. Despite their experience level or desire to participate in the performance, none of the students who choreographed pieces will be seen dancing.
“Sometimes I think being a dancer can be a detriment to being a choreographer,” Horowitz said. “You always think about what you can do and then you try to put that on other people. But often, it’s not the best fit. That’s why a steadfast rule in my class is that you are not allowed to be both a choreographer and a dancer. If you are choreographing, you are not going to be in anyone’s dance. And that’s very important.”
The free show will offer a variety of dance genres − from modern, jazz, tap and burlesque/ Bob Fosse-esque chair dances to macabre, chilling pieces about nature and museum paintings coming to life.
Nicole Dlug, 20, is one of the seven choreographers whose works will be performed in the showcase. A sophomore, Dlug has formally studied ballet and modern dance, and recreationally practiced lyrical, jazz, tap, contemporary and theater.
Dlug’s piece is called “Into The Night.”
“It is about what happens in nature when the night falls upon us, how trees come to life and different animals start to take over,” she said. “Much inspiration comes from a recent trip to Hawaii where I became fascinated with the sunsets and how beautiful nighttime there would become.”
Nicole Kumar, 18, is one of several dancers cast to perform in the showcase. She was chosen to dance in two pieces and considers this semester hard work, but a worthy experience.
“Students and faculty have put in so much effort,” she said. “We rehearse every week through the chaos of schoolwork. I think the show and the choreography class itself are a great way to develop, showcase students who have a talent for choreographing and get involved in dance on campus.”
After teaching the choreography class for four years, Horowitz believes this particular showcase is not to be missed.
“It will be eclectic and engaging,” he said. “It’s a must-see!”