Autumn leaps: Collage Dance Company comes to campus and The Egg

Collage Dance Collective, dedicated to attracting non-traditional bal¬let audiences, comes to campus Oct 18-20 as part of the Theater and Dance Department’s annual Stephanie C. Davis Dance Residency.
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Autumn leaps: Collage Dance Company comes to campus and The Egg


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Collage Dance Collective, dedicated to attracting non-traditional bal­let audiences, comes to campus Oct 18-20 as part of the Theater and Dance Department’s annual Stephanie C. Davis Dance Residency.

Led by Artistic Director Kevin Thomas, former principal dancer with the Dance Theatre of Harlem, the company was founded in New York City a decade ago. It moved to its current home in Memphis, Tenn., to take part in the city’s artistic renaissance and fulfill its mission of extending the reach of outstanding classical ballet training.

Watch a Collage performance here.

At Union, company members will hold a master class for dance students Wednesday, Oct. 18. In addition, Thomas will give a lecture/demonstration, open to the Union community, on Thursday, Oct. 19 , 6:30-8 p.m.

Both events are free and will take place in the Henle Dance Studio, 6:30-8 p.m.

On Friday, Oct. 20, the company will give a public performance at The Egg theater at the Empire State Plaza, Albany, at 8 p.m. There will be an informal pre-performance talk with the company in the lobby at 7:15 p.m. 

Collage showcases a diverse repertoire of classical and contemporary pieces by Thomas as well as by Kevin Tiega Jeff, Nicola Fonte, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Sir Frederick Ashton, John Alleyne, Shawn Housel and Tiffany Glenn. It works to increase participation by people of color at ballet and other fine arts events. About half of all individuals who attend a Collage performance state that they have never been to the ballet.

A limited number of tickets to the Egg performance are free for Union faculty, students and staff. Parents of current students may purchase tickets here for half price ($14) as part of Homecoming and Family Weekend activities.

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.

Now in its 10th year, the Stephanie C. Davis Dance Residency is made possible by a 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.  Gus Davis, now retired, was a clinical professor of pathology at Yale.

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

Contact Dance Program Director Miryam Moutillet at moutillm@union.edu to register for the master class. The class is open to the public with Moutillet’s permission. 

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