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PR #46 September 27, 2007

RVCC DANCE FACULTY TO PERFORM IN CONCERT

The Visual and Performing Arts Department at Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) will present a Faculty Dance Concert Friday, October 19, at 8 p.m., in the Nash Theatre at the College?s North Branch Campus. The event will feature performances by five professional New Jersey dance choreographers/companies. The featured artists?Loretta Di Bianca Fois, Jane Setteducato, Samuel Pott, Stephanie Beauchamp and Claire Porter?are all dance professors at RVCC.

Loretta Di Bianca Fois of Branchburg is the coordinator of RVCC?s dance program. She is the artistic director of Puppe?n?Dance, a performing arts group that received The National Conference for Community and Justice Best Practices Award in 2003. Fois also serves as president of Dance New Jersey, the statewide organization for dance and dance education. Her work has been presented at New Jersey?s George Street Playhouse and Forum Theatre; at Free Range Arts, Cunningham Studio and Dance Space, all of New York; as well as at educational and regional theatre companies.

Fois will premiere ?Time Unstuck,? a piece based on the Kurt Vonnegut novel, Slaughterhouse-Five. In the book the protagonist travels between periods of his life, unable to control in which period he lands. As in the novel, ?Time Unstuck? depicts characters ?unstuck in time.? It uses text, images and movement to communicate the idea of being out of context yet flexibly alive in each moment.

Claire Porter of Teaneck, an award-winning choreographer, will perform ?Interview? from her work, PORTABLES. The New York Times has called ?Interview? ?a sad but hilarious deconstruction of a job interview and a life.? According to Deborah Jowitt from The Village Voice, ?Interview? is ?superbly finished, down to the comedic timing and pathos of every gesture and word delivered by this harassed, overeager job applicant.? Porter is a guest artist at RVCC this semester and will be choreographing a new piece for the RVCC dance majors? concert in December.

Jane Setteducato of Stewartsville has performed throughout Europe and with Meredith Monk and Elisabeth Streb, and Ringside, among others. She has an MFA in Choreography from Bennington College and a BA in Dance from Adelphi University. Setteducato will present a new work, ?Barely...listen, pause, replay...? which she will perform with a small group of RVCC students. ?Barely? explores interrupted conversations, half-expressed thoughts and unfulfilled needs. Working with spoken word and Bach solo cello suites, the dancers present a variety of movements.

Samuel Pott of Jersey City is artistic director of Nimbus Dance Works, founded in 2005. Pott will present ?Memo,? choreographed in 2006 in collaboration with his dancers. In ?Memo,? dancers and non-dancers drawn from the community create and rehearse movements based on their own memories. The performers are then integrated into Nimbus? professional concerts. Pott has performed as a lead dancer with multiple ballet and contemporary dance companies on the East and West coasts. He also performs actively as a freelancer in New York City.

Stephanie Beauchamp of Jersey City is a teaching artist who has been presenting dances since 1992. She was nominated for Dance Magazine?s Outstanding Choreographer Award in 2000. Beauchamp is co-artistic director of Lost Arts Dance, which presents solo and duet dance works. Beauchamp will present ?Saturn Moon,? an artistic exploration of the atmosphere and astrological significance of Saturn?s many moons. The solo is performed to a sound score of actual recordings made by the NASA probe Cassini-Huygens as it was entering the atmosphere of Titan, the largest of Saturn's moons.

General admission tickets cost $12 in advance ($14 at the door). Tickets for students, faculty and seniors cost $6 in advance ($10 at the door). For tickets, call 908-725-3420. For more information, call 908-218-8876.

[caption for electronic photos]:

Loretta Di Bianca Fois in ?Time Unstuck?

Samuel Pott

Photo courtesy of Wilkinson Media

RVCC, located on Route 28 and Lamington Road in North Branch, NJ, and serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for close to 40 years, offers more than 80 associate degrees and certificates. In addition, customized training programs and non-credit courses are available for those seeking personal and professional development.

The College is committed to offering a quality and affordable education through effective teaching, liaisons with the community?s businesses and state-of-the-art technology. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu .

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