Koresh Dance Company pays a visit to Union’s Henle Dance Pavilion

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Members of the Koresh Dance Company perform one of their many dance numbers. Courtesy of Koresh Dance Company
Members of the Koresh Dance Company perform one of their many dance numbers. Courtesy of Koresh Dance Company

Koresh Dance Company, a leading contemporary dance troupe, comes to Union’s campus October 19-21 as part of the Theater and Dance Department’s annual Stephanie C. Davis Dance Residency.

The Philadelphia-based dance company, now celebrating its 25th anniversary, is known for its dancers’ “intensive physically,” “deeply persuasive” and “urgent” expression and performances according to the Los Angeles Times. The Philadelphia Enquirer praises the troupe’s “always hot and hip” style.

This truly will be a not-to- be-missed event. Visit koreshdance.org to see the company’s innovative dance style and for more information on the troupe.

In his native Tel Aviv, Ronen Koresh started his artistic journey by studying folk dancing in the Yemenite tradition with his mother. He pursued his dancing career by joining Martha Graham’s Batsheva 2 Dance Company with a strong foundation in ballet, Horton (Alvin Ailey) and Luigi jazz techniques. Roni is inspired by dancing trends found in clubs, hip hop and pedestrian gestures. He likes to gather all his life experiences, including his military service, his Middle Eastern origins and fusion of dance styles for “a wealth of forceful invention.”

At Union, company members Joseph Colter and Vanessa Quinto will hold a master class for dance students on October 19.

Artistic director Koresh will give a lecture/demonstration, open to the Union community, on Thursday, October 20. Both events will take place in the Henle Dance Studio, 6:30- 8:00 p.m.

On Friday, October 21, 8:00 p.m., the company will give a public performance at The Egg, Empire State Plaza, Albany. An informal pre-talk with Roni Koresh in the lobby at 7:15 p.m. will offer an opportunity to learn more about the director creative process and the company’s physical expression.

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

Buses leave from the Nott/Seward parking lot at 7:00 p.m. and return to campus after the performance.

Tickets to the performance are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. They can be picked up at the Yulman Theater Box Office weekdays 12:30-1:30 p.m. and at the main office of the Feigenbaum Center for Visual Arts 3-4 p.m.

Now in its ninth 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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