Dance concert to feature Kathy Gordon Smith, March 22, 23

RIC faculty artist/choreographer Kathy Gordon Smith showcases her interdisciplinary graduate studies of dance, choreography and the arts, created over the course of a two-and-a-half year MFA program at Goddard College in Vermont.

The Dance Faculty Concert will be held on March 22 and 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the Nazarian Center’s Forman Theatre.

RIC student Cassie Murdock, in Kathy Gordon Smith's "Dualing-Isms." (Photo: Trevor Elliott)
The Dance Faculty Concert will also highlight the talents of the Rhode Island College Dance Company as well as alumni Brittany Carr ’11, Alicia Colantonio ’10 and Alicia White ’10, and special guests Nehassaiu DeGannes, Melody Ruffin Ward, and Michael Bolger.

The concert will include a choreographed dance routine to “Scratchband” by American composer John Adams, which was originally shown on March 2 at the RIC Wind Ensemble/Dance Company’s “Songs and Dances” concert.

The students in the Dance Company collaborated with Smith in creating the choreography for this piece.

Gordon Smith’s piece “Dualing-Isms,” chosen as a finalist at the American College Dance Festival in February, will also be featured.

The final piece, “Conversations with My Dad,” will be performed by Gordon Smith herself, dancing in front of projected images of her father’s parents who were deaf. Her father, Henry Gordon, will be speaking on stage as part of the dance.

“My work investigates and explores the common human experiences of surprise, joy, suffering, laughter and tears, the simultaneous complexity and simplicity, in traveling from one emotional place to another with words not spoken,” Smith wrote in the concert’s program notes.

Providing the musical accompaniment are RIC music faculty members Judith Stillman and Michael DeQuattro, and guest cellist Matthew Knippel.

Other contributors include Angelica Vessella ’97, M ’07, director of dance, Robert M. Ferland Jr. ’05, technical director, Alicia Colantonio ’10, lighting designer, and Nicole Frechette ’06, stage manager.

General admission is $15. For more information call (401) 456-8144.