Dancer Gesel Mason Presents 'No Boundaries' Concert at SUNY Potsdam in Honor of Black History Month

01.24.14

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Dancer Gesel Mason will present a “No Boundaries” recital at SUNY Potsdam on Feb. 4 at 7:30 p.m. (Photo credit: Enoch Chan).

SUNY Potsdam's Department of Theatre and Dance will host dancer Gesel Mason for a guest artist performance to usher in Black History Month on campus.

The dance performance, entitled "No Boundaries: Dancing the Visions of Contemporary Black Choreographers," will be offered on Tuesday, Feb. 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the Dunn Dance Theater.

The concert will showcase two works that were choreographed by Mason. The largely solo performance will also include three dances by other well-known choreographers, including Rennie Harris, Donald McKayle and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar. Two of Mason's company dancers will also join her for a trio performance during the show.

Celebrating the depth and diversity of style and vision in the field of modern dance, these original and historical solo works represent almost seven decades of choreographic vision by, for and about African-Americans. The dancing is seamlessly interspersed with taped interviews of the choreographers discussing their creative process, cultural influences and perspectives on black dance.

Mason and company members will also be in residency at the College, teaching workshops in contemporary dance, choreography, performance studies and jazz dance. An open class for dancers of all ability levels will be offered on Monday, Feb. 3 at 6 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center large movement studio. This event is free, and the community is invited to attend.

Tickets are $12 for the general public and $10 for SUNY Potsdam faculty, staff and students. Tickets are available through the Community Performance Series Box Office, located in the lobby of the Sara M. Snell Music Theater at The Crane School of Music. To reserve tickets, call the CPS Box Office at (315) 267-2277 or visit www.cpspotsdam.org. Only cash will be accepted at the door at the time of the performance.

The Dunn Dance Theater is wheelchair-accessible. No sign language interpreter will be available for this performance.

"No Boundaries" is sponsored by SUNY Potsdam's School of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Theatre and Dance and the Center for Diversity. The performance is presented in coordination with the University at Albany's Performing Arts Center, with funds from the New York State DanceForce, which receives funding from the New York State Council on the Arts Dance Program.

From directing, choreographing, acting and dancing, to designing and technical work, theatre and dance are highly collaborative art forms at SUNY Potsdam. Students and professionals engage in creative problem solving, requiring the setting and meeting of long-term goals, and the analysis and understanding of movement and dramatic literature. For more information about SUNY Potsdam's Department of Theatre and Dance, visit www.potsdam.edu/theatre.

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