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'Weekend of Dance' Brings Dual Evening Performances to RWU this August

New York City-based choreographer and dancer Jenny Rocha ’96 will highlight the weekend with a special solo performance; composer Michael DeQuattro will deliver an original score

Two evenings of back-to-back performances will underscore a “Weekend of Dance” at Roger Williams University this August. Among the weekend’s highlights are a special solo performance by choreographer and dancer Jenny Rocha ’96. Resident composer and adjunct faculty member Michael DeQuattro will deliver an original score.

Each night will kick-off with “Link for the Missing Link,” a movement-theatre piece that explores the dramatic and humorous effects of media on society. Three recent graduates of RWU’s dance and performance studies program – Michelle Birmingham ’12, Ali Burke ’12 and Leanne Smith ’12 – will present the original work. Michael DeQuattro will accompany the dancers. 

Later in the evening, New York City-based choreographer and dancer Jenny Rocha ’96 will deliver a special solo performance titled “Animating the Closet,” a piece that weaves together visions of delight, despair pathos and passion. Rocha has enjoyed a successful career as artistic director and producer of her Brooklyn-based dance company, Rocha Dance Theatre. She is also a costume designer and teacher whose work has been showcased by numerous venues and events including Danspace Project, Joyce Soho and Galapagos Arts Space where she is a resident artist. Presenting the stage as a closet, Rocha will utilize garments to transform into characters, environments and images.

Each of the two performances is directed and co-choreographed by Gary Shore, associate professor of dance and performance studies at RWU.

The back-to-back productions will take place on August 3 and 4 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $10 for general admission and $5 for students and seniors. Seating is limited. Tickets are sold only on the evening of the performances on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The “Weekend of Dance” is open to the public and will take place at The Performing Arts Center located on Roger Williams University’s Bristol campus at One Old Ferry Road. For more information, call the Performing Arts Center at 401-254-3626.