UB Department of Theatre and Dance presents the 46th anniversary of Zodiaque Dance Company (ZDC), UB’s premiere resident student dance ensemble. ZDC is one of the oldest student companies in the United States and is currently under the leadership of Kerry Ring, artistic director, and Jenna Del Monte, managing director, . The group’s annual fall program will have public performances at UB Center for the Arts Drama Theatre in Amherst, NY on Thursday, October 17 at 7:30 p.m., Friday, October 18 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, October 19 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, October 20, 2019 at 2 p.m.
This performance is different because the audiences will also be indulged in various styles of dance, including popular American forms and interpretive expressions of contemporary movement. This fall concert includes choreography by Danielle Sheather, former dance faculty and alumna (2003); faculty Kerry Ring and Jenna Del Monte; and former faculty member William Thomas. This performance will also feature a dance on film, “As Within, So Without,” by current MFA dance student Mary Schnepf. Department faculty and previous ZDC Artistic Director Tom Ralabate will create a capoeira and jazz fusion dance.
The concert also highlights work
s by professional guest artists-in-residence, Entity Contemporary Dance – a Los Angeles based group which 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.