Dance Workshop Concert

Queensborough Community College Dance Program

Queensborough Community College’s Dance Program presents a program of dance May 11th! The concert features QCC dance students performing choreography by Jennifer Archibald, Robert Battle, Aviva Geismar, and Kevin McEwen along with work by promising student choreographers.

“Line Up” by Jennifer Archibald
Line Up was directed and choreographed by Jennifer Archibald for Queensborough Community College with the support of the CUNY Dance Initiative Residency. The work investigates how racial disparities in advantage translate into racial disparities in firearm violence victimization. How can we treat the epidemic of firearm violence?

The QCC students performed “Line Up" at the Northeast Regional American College Dance Association Conference where they were selected to perform in the gala.

“Strapped” by Robert Battle
"Strapped" was choreographed by Robert Battle on the University of Richmond in 2008. In the Fall of 2012, it was restaged at the Ailey School with a new original score by Carl Landa, Director of Music for Dance at Skidmore College. It is an abstract piece which uses repetition to create an intense environment. The compact and angular movements of the piece create tension in the dancers bodies and the chaotic spatial patterns create tension between the dancer's. The piece is driven by the rhythms and the changing time signatures and tempos of the score. The combination of commanding movement and dynamic music gives the piece a charge of thrilling energy.
Erika Pujic, former Battleworks Dance Company principal and rehearsal director has set Battle’s “Strapped”. This year marks the 11th year QCC dance students have performed Robert Battle’s choreography! It is a tremendous honor!
“Cabin Pressure” by Aviva Geismar
The dancers in Aviva Geismar’s “Cabin Pressure” are vibrating with tension. Set to Jonah Parzen-Johnson’s wailing score for baritone sax and analog synthesizer, the dance portrays a community drowning in anxiety and self-destructive impulses.

“Nkosoi Sikelel’í Afrika - God Bless Africa” by Kevin McEwen
“Nkosoi Sikelel’í Afrika - God Bless Africa” takes us through a journey of the African Diaspora, showing the connections between cultures past, present, and future. Nkosoi Sikelel'i Afrika - God Bless Africa is a hymn originally composed by Enoch Sontonga, a Xhosa clergyman at a Methodist mission school near Johannesburg, South Africa. The song became a pan-African liberation song and versions of it were later adopted as the national anthems of five states in Africa including Zambia, Tanzania, Namibia and Zimbabwe after independence. Our choreography takes that name as our dancers take you on a journey through the African Diaspora.

JENNIFER ARCHIBALD is the founder and Artistic Director of the Arch Dance Company and Program Director of ArchCore40 Dance Intensives. She is a graduate of The Alvin Ailey School and the Maggie Flanigan Acting Conservatory where she studied the Meisner Technique. Archibald has choreographed for the Atlanta Ballet, Ailey II, Cincinnati Ballet, Ballet Memphis, Kansas City Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, and worked commercially for Tommy Hilfiger, NIKE and MAC Cosmetics as well as chart-listed singers and actors. She was recently appointed as the first female Resident Choreographer in Cincinnati Ballet’s 40-year history. In 2018 she created new works for Cincinnati Ballet, Grand Rapids Ballet, Amy Seiwert's Imagery, and Stockholm's Balletakademien and will create a new works for Ballet West, Ballet Nashville, and Sacramento Ballet in 2020. She is currently that the acting Movement Director for Michael Kahn's The Oresteia at the Shakespeare Theatre Company

Archibald’s works have been performed at venues including New York's City Center, Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, Aaron Davis Hall, Jacob's Pillow Inside|Out Stage and Central Park's Summerstage Mainstage. In 2013, Jennifer was awarded a Choreographic Fellow for Ailey’s New Directions Choreography Lab under the direction of Robert Battle. She is 2015's Choreographic Winnings recipient by the Joffrey Ballet. A revival of “Seven”, a biographical work about Olympian Jackie Joyner-Kersee, will be performed this season commissioned by St. Louis based MADCO Dance Company. Arch Dance Company's "Chasing Shadows" will be remounted for Dallas Black Dance Theater for their 2018/19 season. Jennifer is currently an Acting Lecturer at the Yale School of Drama. She is also the 2018-19 recipient's for the CUNY Dance Initiative Residency.
In 2015, she was appointed as Guest Faculty Lecturer to develop the Hip Hop dance curriculum at Columbia/Barnard College. Jennifer is also a guest artist at several universities including Fordham/Ailey, Purchase College, Princeton, Virginia Commonwealth University, University of South Florida, Goucher College, Columbia College Chicago, and Bates College. In 2018, she premiered new works for Miami New World School of the Arts, South Carolina's Governor's School of the Arts, Ailey Fordham, Boston Conservatory, and Point Park.

Robert Battle became artistic director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in July 2011 after being personally selected by Judith Jamison, making him only the third person to head the Company since it was founded in 1958. Mr. Battle has a long-standing association with the Ailey organization.
A frequent choreographer and artist in residence at Ailey since 1999, he has set many of his works on Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Ailey II, and at The Ailey School. The Company’s current repertory includes his ballets Ella, In/Side, Mass, No Longer Silent, and The Hunt. In addition to expanding the Ailey repertory with works by artists as diverse as Kyle Abraham, Mauro Bigonzetti, Ronald K. Brown, Rennie Harris, and Paul Taylor, Mr. Battle has also instituted the New Directions Choreography Lab to help develop the next generation of choreographers.
Mr. Battle’s journey to the top of the modern dance world began in the Liberty City neighborhood of Miami, Florida. He showed artistic talent early and studied dance at a high school arts magnet program before moving on to Miami’s New World School of the Arts, under the direction of Daniel Lewis and Gerri Houlihan, and finally to the dance program at The Juilliard School, under the direction of Benjamin Harkarvy, where he met his mentor, Carolyn Adams. He danced with The Parsons Dance Company from 1994 to 2001, and also set his choreography on that company starting in 1998. Mr. Battle then founded his own Battleworks Dance Company, which made its debut in 2002 in Düsseldorf, Germany, as the U.S. representative to the World Dance Alliance’s Global Assembly. Battleworks subsequently performed extensively at venues including The Joyce Theater, Dance Theater Workshop, American Dance Festival, and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival.
Mr. Battle was honored as one of the “Masters of African-American Choreography” by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in 2005, and he received the prestigious Statue Award from the Princess Grace Foundation-USA in 2007. He has honorary doctorates from The University of the Arts and Marymount Manhattan College. Mr. Battle was named a 2015 Visiting Fellow for The Art of Change, an initiative by the Ford Foundation. He is a sought-after keynote speaker and has addressed a number of high-profile organizations, including the United Nations Leaders Programme and the UNICEF Senior Leadership Development Programme.

Aviva Geismar is the Artistic Director of the contemporary dance company, Drastic Action and an Assistant Professor at QCC. Her dances have been performed in numerous national and international venues including Dance Theater Workshop, 92nd Street Y, Haus der Berliner Festspiele (Berlin), Wilhelma Theater (Suttgart) and Dance New Amsterdam. Between 2006 and 2010 she codirected Dancing to Connect, a US/Germany cultural exchange focusing on the legacy of the Holocaust and tolerance. Her 2016 site-specific performance “Dis/Location (Fort Tryon),” explored the immigrant experience from multiple perspectives in Washington Heights. Drastic Action will perform on “Take Root” at Green Space Studio in Long Island City in January 2020 on a shared program with Nicole McClam. The company will also be teaching a series of creative dance workshops at The Door in Soho in fall 2019.

A native of Brooklyn New York, Kevin McEwen is the Founder and Artistic Director of Kofago Dance Ensemble, based in Jamaica, New York. A graduate of the NYU’s Dance Education Graduate Program, His dance focus is in traditional West African dance techniques from the countries of Mali and Senegal. Kevin is also versed in Afro Cuban, Haitian Folkloric, and various Modern/Contemporary techniques. He is currently the African dance instructor for the Gloria Eve School of the Performing Arts, and a Professor of Dance at Queensborough Community College.

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