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PR # 44 September 25, 2008


Raritan Valley Community College?s (RVCC) Visual and Performing Arts Department will present a Faculty Dance Concert Friday, October 17, at 8 p.m., in the Nash Theatre at the College?s North Branch Campus.

The event will feature performances by six professional New Jersey dance choreographers/companies. The featured artists?Loretta Di Bianca Fois, John Evans, Kathie Kececi, Stephanie Beauchamp and Jean Paul, Jr.?are all dance professors at RVCC. The program will include a performance by Freespace Dance whose managing director, Lisa Grimes, also teaches dance at the College.

Loretta Di Bianca Fois of Branchburg is the coordinator of RVCC?s dance program. She will present ?Trio,? a solo involving voice, song, movement and a bar stool. ?Trio? depicts the vacillation and ensuing struggle of a character caught between two relationships. Fois is the artistic director of Puppe?n?Dance and also serves as secretary 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.

Freespace Dance, a Montclair-based modern dance company, is renowned for creating emotionally driven work in its athletic signature style. The company will perform ?Portrait,? choreographed by Freespace Dance artistic director, Donna Scro Gentile of Glen Ridge. The piece investigates the depth and variety of human connection.

Stephanie Beauchamp of Jersey City is a teaching artist who has been presenting dances since 1992. Beauchamp will perform "Mainstream," a dance that expresses a common current of thought, told through a mass of four people. It is choreographed to instrumental music from the 1977 album "Low" by David Bowie, in collaboration with Brian Eno.

Kathie Kececi of Mendham will present ?Are We Happy or What?? a comic look at life in the suburbs, and the struggle to live in a world where everyone looks and acts the same. Kececi serves on The Board of Directors of Dance New Jersey and is a teaching artist for The New York City Ballet. She is founder and director of Summerdance, an integrated arts program for children, and In Motion Dance Company for high school and adult dancers.

John Evans, RVCC guest artist, is a dancer, choreographer and lighting designer who has performed with numerous companies, including Victoria Marks Performance Company, John Jaspers and The Pittsburgh Dance Alloy. The New Brunswick resident recently received a NJSCA Choreographic Fellowship. In the past 20 years, Evans has choreographed more than 45 dances and has designed lighting for over 1,000. He has been a faculty member at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, since 1995, and has been creating work for John Evans & Dancers since 2000. His piece, ?Twentynine Palms,? is a fast-paced quintet to music by surf guitar legend Dick Dale.

Jean Paul, Jr. was born in Newark and raised in Haiti. He has performed with Complexions Contemporary Ballet, David Parsons Dance Company and American Repertory Ballet. He will present a contemporary ballet piece at the concert.

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.

RVCC, located on Route 28 and Lamington Road in North Branch, NJ, and serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for 40 years, offers more than 90 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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