Thursday, October 18th at 7pm
Created by: Amanda Lee
Performed by: Alicia Carter, Courtney Casale, Lydia Culp, Amanda Lee, Phillip Matos, Megan Nicholson, Christina Toumanos
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Amanda Lee is Visiting Assistant Professor of French and Women’s Studies at Colgate University. In 2018, she choreographed and performed in the international Festival Off d’Avignon in France, and earned her Certification from the American Ballet Theatre in the National Training Curriculum, Levels I-III.
While at Colgate she staged a dramatic reading of Oscar Wilde’s Salomé, featuring a reconstruction of the “Dance of the Seven Veils.” Previously, she has performed in works by Leverage Dance Theatre under the direction of Dianna Barrios, Common Thread Contemporary Dance under the direction of Jennifer Medina, the Slaughter Project under the direction of Cecil Slaughter, and Missouri Ballet Theatre under the direction of Adam Sage. Ever expanding her movement horizons, she also performed with experimental performance artist Thomas Brady and aerial dance choreographer Monica Newsam at SATORI in St. Louis, Missouri. She trained in ballet and modern dance at Bard College at Simon’s Rock, Washington University in St. Louis, as well as the Center of Creative Arts (COCA), attending summer intensives at the Martha Graham School and the Big Muddy Dance Company. Her article “The Romantic Ballet and the Nineteenth-Century Poetic Imagination,” out in Dance Chronicle: Studies in Dance and the Related Arts, vol. 39.1, won the 2017 Center for European Studies First Article Prize.
ABOUT THE PERFORMERS
Courtney Casale is a junior at Colgate University and has been dancing since she was young. She grew up training at Center for Dance Education in Clark, New Jersey, and has also attended several summer ballet intensives, including that of the American Ballet Theatre and the Bolshoi Ballet Academy. Currently, she is a member several dance groups on campus, including Colgate Dance Initiative, Fuse Dance Company, and Colgate Ballet Company, and is looking forward to continuing to help
further develop the dance program here!
Phillip Matos, a sophomore at Colgate, began dancing in high school musical productions. His formal training started at Colgate, when he joined the newcomer-friendly ballet company. He has since branched out into Colgate’s various dance groups, preforming in two Dancefests and last year’s production of the Nutcracker. Phillip just finished a summer intensive at the Martha Graham School in New York, and is honored to be preforming alongside such talented dancers.
Christina Toumanios is a junior at Colgate, who has been dancing since she was three years old. She began her training with Westchester Ballet Center, and continued her experience at Colgate participating in contemporary and ballet groups. She has performed in productions of The Nutcracker both back home and at Colgate, and is also a member of the Colgate Dance Initiative, which actively seeks to integrate dance into academics. She is excited to perform with such talented people in a production unlike anything she has done before!