The Department of Dance at The College at Brockport presents performances of Danscore next week.
According to City, with a faculty that performs and teaches internationally, the influence of Brockport’s dance department “ripples far outside Rochester’s borders,” proving that the department is an “incubator for regional and national dance talent.”
Two of the pieces on the Danscore program take a look at the immigrant experience from different points of view. One, “Ain’t Got No Time for HATE,” is choreographed by professor Darwin Prioleau.
“The piece is about the history of immigration in this county. There will be text from authentic sources about Italian, Greek and other groups of immigrants who were mistreated. The spoken text will include a quote that Trump made about Mexicans trying to get into this country,” says Prioleau. “Some supporters of the president may not be happy with the message in the beginning of the piece. However, the last five minutes are very positive in how it tries to dissect hate, and how we should have no time for it.”
Associate professor Mariah Maloney has choreographed a piece titled “Éire” (Ireland). This is an ensemble work that features 15 female dancers, steeped in the traditions and culture of Ireland as seen through the lens of the Potato Famine and Irish diaspora.
Maloney recently attended the Fleadh Nua music festival in Ennis, County Clare, Ireland. In the midst of a walking tour with a local guide, Maloney found herself standing in the same street where her ancestors were reduced to famine and poverty and, eventually, death. This solemn experience, juxtaposed with the spirited Fleadh Nua festival, informs Maloney’s current and ongoing research.
Performances run Dec. 5 – 7 at the Hartwell Dance Theater. fineartstix.brockport.edu