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Harrison's Manhattanville Dance Concert Starts Nov. 20

Rachel Johnson, Class of 2016, one of this year's featured choreographers for the fall dance doncert, performs with Khalil Sanders, '17.
Rachel Johnson, Class of 2016, one of this year's featured choreographers for the fall dance doncert, performs with Khalil Sanders, '17. Photo Credit:

HARRISON, N.Y. – Six Manhattanville College students have spent the semester studying the art of choreography, learning the artistic and professional aspects, and are taking what they’ve learned to create the featured performances in this year’s fall dance concert.

The concert will take place from Thursday, Nov. 20, through Saturday, Nov. 22, at 8 p.m., and conclude with a 2 p.m. performance on Sunday, Nov. 23.

This semester’s student choreographers are Micaela Abernethy Class of ’16, Marykate Breidenbach, ’16, Rachel Johnson, ’16, Maria Piccininni, ‘16, Jess Roller, ’17 and Amanda Sirakowski, ’16, all of whom are working under the tutelage of choreographer and Manhattanville’s artist-in-residence, Peter Pucci.

“The students are required to audition dancers, spend four hours a week in rehearsals. They are also responsible for booking rehearsal space and having their ideas prepared each week,” says Pucci, who is directing the dance concert. “At the end of the process, students leave with a respect for the craft of choreography.”

In addition to the students’ choreographed pieces, the dance concert will also include guest artist performances from Ara Fitzgerald, director of the dance and theater department at Manhattanville, and alumna and professional dancer Tessa Grunwald, ’11. This year’s guest choreographer is Lawrence Goldhuber, artistic director of Big Man Arts and professional dancer for more than two decades who started with the Bill T. Jones Dance Company.

His piece, titled “Life During Wartime,” explores the millennial’s sense of apathy toward war.

“Our country has been at war the entire lifetime of the students I have performing in this piece,” says Goldhuber. “But it doesn’t seem to have any impact on our lives. Somehow things have remained business as usual.”

The piece features a dozen dancers dressed in corporate suits while performing Goldhuber’s rich choreography.

Admission is $5 with a Manhattanville ID or $10 for the general public. All shows will take place in The Little Theatre in Brownson Hall at Manhattanville College, 2900 Purchase St., Purchase.

For reservations call 914-323-7175.

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