Beauty in motion: Spellbound Contemporary Ballet

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(Courtesy of Marco Bravi) The Spellbound Contemporary Ballet will visit Union next week and will perform at Albany’s The Egg Theater.

On Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, the Spellbound Contemporary Ballet, Italy’s leading modern troupe, comes to campus as part of the Theater and Dance Department’s annual Stephanie C. Davis Dance Residency. The Rome-based company, launched in 1994, is known for its dancers’ virtuosity and magnificent technique.

Artistic Director, Mauro Astoffi, has developed a style that favors versatility, strength and great athleticism.

The troupe has dazzled international audiences from Cyprus to Serbia. According to the Italian magazine, Tutto Danza, “Once in a while we can talk about dance meant as art, an art which is able to restore the holy meaning of beauty.”

At Union, a master class for dance students will be held Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, and a lecture/demonstration with co-founder, Valentina Marini (open to the Union community), is scheduled for Oct. 22. Both events will take place in the Henle Dance Studio, 6:30-8 p.m.

On Friday, Oct. 23, 2015, at 8 p.m., the company will give a public performance at The Egg theater, in Albany.

An informal pre-talk with Ms. Marini in the lobby at 7:15 p.m. will offer an opportunity to learn more about the company and its experimental research of dance movement and physical expression.

A limited number of tickets to the Egg performance are free for Union faculty, students and staff with a Union ID. Free round-trip bus transportation also will be provided.

Buses leave from the Nott/Seward parking lot at 7 p.m. and return to campus after the performance.

Tickets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. They can be picked up at the Yulman Theatre Box Office beginning Monday, Oct. 12, 2015.

The show at The Egg will include “Lost for Words”, “She is On The Ground”, “Small Crime” and “Controfase”.

Now in its eighth year, the Stephanie C. Davis Dance Residency is made possible by a generous gift from Sue and Gus Davis ’59, in memory of their daughter, who was a modern dancer and environmental activist with a lifelong love of the performing arts.

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