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Artistic Interpretations of Immigration and Diversity Take Center Stage at the Queens College Fall Faculty Dance Concert

--Faculty-Choreographed, Student-Performed Presentations Range from Modern to Contemporary and African Dance, November 30–December 3--

Queens, NY, November 9, 2017—This year’s Fall Faculty Dance Concert at Queens College centers on Migrations—a theme that reflects the timely topic of barriers to U.S. immigration and the extraordinarily diverse populations of both the college and the borough. With a student body that is nearly 40% foreign-born, Queens College is located in the borough of Queens, considered the nation’s most ethnically diverse county and often called “The World’s Borough.” 
Migrations features world premiere works by the internationally renowned faculty of the Queens College dance program, performed by students in the Department of Drama, Theatre, and Dance. This year’s program showcases the work of faculty choreographers Guanglei Hui, Richard Move, Carolyn Webb and Edisa Weeks. “Working with bodies in motion, these four diverse premieres performed by our extraordinarily talented dancers, explore themes of immigration and migration, displacement and exile, while addressing a universal question: ‘Where is home?’” says concert director Richard Move.
Presented by the Kupferberg Center for the Arts, performances of Migrations will take place at the Goldstein Theatre on Thursday, November 30 and Friday, December 1 at 7 pm; Saturday, December 2 at 8 pm; and Sunday, December 3 at 3 pm.
General admission tickets are $16; student/senior tickets are $10, and on Friday all tickets are $5. Purchase tickets online, by phone at (718) 793-8080, or in person at the Colden Auditorium Box Office.
About the Queens College Dance Program
Queens College offers a rigorous education in the liberal arts with the opportunity to study dance in a professional environment. The BA in dance has a global focus, offering technical training in Asian, African, Ballet, Jazz, Modern and Tap. Critical thinking and analytic skills are developed through courses in Choreography, Dance Analysis, Dance Studies, Dance Therapy and a variety of independent study opportunities. The Dance Program provides a solid foundation for graduate study and preparation for careers as choreographers, dancers, dance educators, dance therapists and more. The program’s state-of-the-art facilities include two dance studios: the 450-seat Goldstein Theatre and the 100-seat black box theatre Performance Space M11.
Choreographer Biographies
Richard Move (Concert Director) is Artistic Director of the interdisciplinary performance collective MoveOpolis! and a TEDGlobal Oxford Fellow. Move’s commissions include productions for Mikhail Baryshnikov and the White Oak Dance Project, Martha Graham Dance Company, American Festival of Paris, Florence Opera Ballet of Italy, European Cultural Capitol, Guggenheim Museum, Deborah Harry and Blondie, Dame Shirley Bassey, Isaac Mizrahi and New York City Ballet’s Helene Alexopolous. His films include Bardo, Jury Prize nominee at Lincoln Center’s Dance on Camera Festival; BloodWork—The Ana Mendieta Story, National Board of Review Award/Directors Guild of America; GhostLight, Tribeca Film Festival premiere; and GIMP—The Documentary, Lincoln Center Dance on Camera Festival premiere. Martha@ ..., Move’s performance as 20th-century icon Martha Graham, received two New York Dance and Performance Awards (“Bessies”) and tours internationally. His publications include commissioned chapters for the Oxford Handbook of Dance and Theater, edited by Mark Franko, and Ally – Janine Antoni, Anna Halprin and Stephen Petronio, edited by Adrian Heathfield. Move received his MFA in Media Arts Production from the City College of New York, CUNY, and completes his PhD in Performance Studies at New York University in 2018. He is assistant professor of dance at Queens College, CUNY.
Guanglei Hui, originally from China, is an independent artist, choreographer, dancer and teacher. He studied at the Russian National Ballet Dance Academy from 2001 to 2003 and earned his degree in Choreography/Classical Ballet Performance with Education. While studying in Russia, he took second place in the Russian International Dance Competition. In 2005 Hui joined the first modern dance company in China, Guangdong Modern Dance Company. In 2008 he was invited to perform with GMDC in the anniversary celebration of the Pina Bausch Dance Company. He was invited as a young choreographer to join the Yokohama Dance Collection in 2011, and in 2012 was invited to participate in the International Choreographers Residency Program (ICR) at the American Dance Festival. In 2013 Hui joined White Wave Young Soon Kim Dance Company. He began working with Shen Wei Dance Arts in 2014, and in 2016 was invited to Taipei Dance Round Table Project to work on an original piece. He has worked with renowned international artists, including Sang Jijia (from William Forsythe Dance Company), Yin Mei Dance, Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, Shen Wei Dance Arts, Hou Ying Dance Theater, Jodi Melnick and Cheng-Chieh Yu (UCLA dance professor). He has toured to international arts festivals in more than 20 countries. Hui’s works as a young choreographer include “1+1=1:1,” “Circle of Baptism,” “Nineteen Floors Underground,” “Drowning,” “Walk Gracefully Once,” “Superposition,” “Spider,” “Cross Move,” “A Line Between Two Points,” and more.
Carolyn Webb is a dancer/choreographer/musician who has performed internationally with some of the foremost dance companies and musicians of the African Diaspora, including Papa
Ladji Camara West African Dance and Drum Ensemble, the Jean Leon Destine Afro-Haitian Dance Company, La Troupe Makandal, Roots of Brazil, Eddie Torres, and Tito Puente. She has an MFA in Dance from the University of Michigan, where she was a teaching fellow. She currently serves on the dance faculties of New York University’s Steinhardt School of Education as adjunct professor of jazz and African dance, Queens College, and the Fashion Institute of Technology. Choreographic highlights include presentations at the 92nd Street Y; Arts Connection Performance Ensemble in Trondheim, Norway; the New Orleans Jazz Dance 2000 Festival; Bella de Arte, Mexico City; and New York Shakespeare Festival, Joseph Papp Public Theatre. She was Project Director for the 2014–2016 Jerome Robbins Dance Division at Lincoln Center’s African Dance Interview Project, an initiative to record the stories of luminary dance artists from Africa and her diaspora, who now work in New York City. These interviews and the public program in collaboration with Dance/NYC are accessible online through NYPL Digital Collections.
Edisa Weeks is a choreographer, educator and founder of DELIRIOUS Dances, which creates multi-media interdisciplinary work. Her work has been performed at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Emory University, Inside/Out at Jacob’s Pillow, Works & Process at the Guggenheim Museum, Harlem Stage, the Kennedy Center, the Massachusetts International Festival of the Arts, Materials for the Arts, the Mermaid Parade, the National Black Arts Festival, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Summerstages Dance Festival, as well as in swimming pools, storefront windows, senior centers, sidewalks and living rooms, including living rooms in Berlin, Germany, as part of Haus der Kulturen der Welts 50th anniversary celebration. She has a BA from Brown University, and received a full fellowship to attend New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she obtained an MFA in choreography. Weeks is on the dance faculty at Queens College as well as on the Bessie’s Committee, which recognizes outstanding dance and performance work in New York City.
About Queens College
Queens College enjoys a national reputation for its liberal arts and sciences and pre-professional programs. With its graduate and undergraduate degrees, honors programs, and research and internship opportunities, Queens College helps its over 19,000 students realize their potential in countless ways, under the guidance of an accessible, award-winning faculty. The college was recently ranked tenth among U.S. public colleges by the Chronicle of Higher Education for upward social and economic mobility. The Center for World University Rankings placed Queens College in the top 3.5% of schools worldwide, based on the quality of its education and faculty, the number of its alumni who find employment, and other factors. Located on a beautiful, 80-acre campus in Flushing, the college is cited each year by the Princeton Review as one of the nation’s 100 “Best Value” colleges, and is routinely ranked a U.S. News & World Report Best College and Forbes Magazine Best Value College, thanks to its outstanding academics, generous financial aid packages, and relatively low costs. Visit our homepage to learn more.​​
A leader in preparing future educators, Queens College graduates the most teachers, counselors, and principals in the New York metropolitan area. It also contributes to New York City’s talent pool as a powerful economic engine and a leader in tech education, with more undergraduate computer science majors than any city college. Students from across the country and around the world come to Queens College’s Aaron Copland School of Music. Its renowned faculty and alumni include nationally recognized composers, conductors, and performers who have received nearly 40 Grammy Awards and nominations over the past 40 years.​

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