The University at Buffalo department of theatre and dance presents the 46th anniversary of Zodiaque Dance Company (ZDC), UB’s premiere resident student dance ensemble.
Under the leadership of Artistic Director Kerry Ring and Managing Director Jenna Del Monte, ZDC is one of the oldest student companies in the U.S. The group’s annual fall program will have public performances at the UB Center for the Arts Drama Theatre in Amherst at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 17-19, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20
ZDC continues to be an innovative force, advancing student talents through creative investigations and stimulating collaborations. With choreography by esteemed faculty and international professional guest artists, this fall ZDC will ask, “What is Dance?”
Audiences will be indulged in various styles of dance, including popular American forms and interpretive expressions of contemporary movement. The fall concert will include choreography by former dance faculty and alumna Danielle Sheather (2003); Ring and Del Monte; and former faculty member William Thomas. In addition, current MFA dance student Mary Schnepf will present “As Within, So Without,” a dance on film; and department faculty and previous ZDC Artistic Director Tom Ralabate will create a capoeira and jazz fusion dance.
Other highlights of the concert include works by professional guest artists-in-residence Entity Contemporary Dance, a Los Angeles-based group that forges connections between hip-hop, contemporary and modern. UB dance alumna Angel Mammoliti (2016) is a member and will be involved in restaging one of their recent works on senior ZDC students. In addition, Ali Dietz, a New York City-based tap dancer and choreographer, will highlight ZDC’s rhythm and tap skills. Illuminating the concert will be student lighting designer Hannah Mackey.
Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. They are available at https://www.ticketfly.com/search/?q=ub+center+for+the+arts. Tickets are also available at the door one hour prior to show.