“Celebrate Dance” at Cobblestone Arts Center, 1622 state Route 332, Farmington, will feature work by seven choreographers and companies at 6 p.m. on Oct. 20.
The night starts with a pre-show reception at 5 p.m. that includes free wine and food, as well as music by DJ Angela Bianchi. The program will kick off with dance artists Sarah Andreacchi and Kelly Johnson in “Sleep Riding,” an exploration of the line between improvisation and choreography with Bianchi.
Mariah Maloney, formerly of the Trisha Brown Co., will perform “Advice from an Estuary,” a solo performed to the poetry of Wendy Erd and music by Larry Moss. “Jet Whistle” is a collaboration of Nanako Horikawa Mandrino and Natalia Lisina with musicians Emily Hutchinson and Svetlana Garitselova. This trio is set to music by Heitor Villa-Lobos and involves audience participation.
Mossa Dance will present excerpts from “Diamonds: Honoring Great Women in History,” a ballet created in 2012 by Alexis Gaetano, artistic director and founder. DeLucia-Benson Dance will offer “Crux Acclaim,” a trio of bold, accelerating and expansive movement that shows strength, both physically and literally.
N’Jelle Gage Thorne, of FuturPointe Dance, will bring her signature style to the program, fusing traditional and modern Caribbean dance forms, ballet and Latin vocabulary into dance expression. Heather Roffe’s trio, “Not Your Baby,” will close the program with a modern folk dance that explores the shift from apologetic, submissive body language to assertiveness in the age of #MeToo and Time’s Up.
“The idea for this full evening concert grew out of an informal dance performance that was part of our Lunchtime Concert Series,” said Andreacchi, performing arts coordinator at Cobblestone. “Not only do we want to build dance audiences in the Finger Lakes region, we also want to support the women who continue to carve their way in the world of dance despite their other demanding roles as mothers, teachers, administrators, etc. Life is hectic, and making time to make dance is a discipline, a practice and a healing force.”
Tickets cost $18, or $15 for students and seniors. Visit cobblestoneartscenter.com/celebratedance for information.