"Home and Away: A Virtual Dance Concert"

Presented by the Department of Theatre and Dance

Free online screening

Friday, Dec. 11, 2020
10 a.m. (School Time Performance)
7:30 p.m. (Performance A)

Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020
7:30 p.m. (Performance B)


UB Theatre and Dance wishes to acknowledge the generous, continued philanthropic support of Fox Run at Orchard Park, an official 2020-2021 season sponsor, especially in light of the challenges facing Buffalo's vibrant community of performing arts organizations.


“Home and Away: A Virtual Dance Concert,” will include 50 undergraduate dance majors - from freshman to seniors - as well as works and performances by MFA students. The show will be presented in two formats: “Dance for Camera” from home and recorded performances on campus.

“Half will be created and filmed entirely remotely, by individual dancers working from home, utilizing pre-approved indoor and outdoor locations,” explained Kerry Ring, co-artistic director and clinical associate professor. “We refer to this process as ‘Dance for Camera.’”

“Dance for Camera is very much about each individual student creating and editing their own work digitally,” said Jeanne Fornarola, co-director and clinical associate professor. “It addresses the importance of the dancers learning new skills for a new age.”

“I think we’re going to see a lot of Buffalo in the student videos, like Delaware Park and other familiar landmarks,” added Fornarola. “It will be interesting to see how the landscape and the architecture of the city becomes a part of the dance.”

The second format of the program will take place in the department’s laboratory spaces at the UB Center for the Arts Mainstage and Drama Theatre.

“Some are solo and duo works, with quartets being the largest grouping,” explained Ring. “In all cases our students will be separated by safety partitions, which can double as part of the set design. We’re practicing creativity through great restraint.”

The works will be captured and edited via a multi-camera shoot by the UB Production Group. In addition, Lynne Koscielniak, design technology professor and her students will provide innovative lighting and scene designs to give the production the professional luster which audiences have come to associate with the department’s traditional stage productions.

The Friday and Saturday shows will consist of completely different content, with each online evening performance running approximately 60 minutes.

“It’s a great collaboration with dance faculty and students and our Design Technology counterparts to move dance into the digital age,” said Ring. “Dance for the Camera was already making its way in the field, and now it’s a whole new platform to reach audiences. We’re encouraging young artists to speak their minds through their bodies.”

Ring and Fornarola will both create choreography for “Home and Away,” along with Jenna DelMonte, clinical assistant professor. Other choreographers include MFA dance students Jacquie Cherry, Meg Kirchoff, Kate Mackey and Phil Wackerfuss. The undergraduate students include Stephanie Avila, Daniella Bertrand, Emma Colligan, Alexis Corletta, Homeria Lubin, Mandy McClenigan, Ally Mersereau, Sam Tilley, Kelsey Wegman and Jenna Zavrel.

In these times of uncertainty, the arts offer welcome comfort, perspective, escape, joy and intellectual stimulation. UB Theatre and Dance will adapt to a virtual format for the fall season’s lineup of musicals, plays and dance performances. The department’s live and pre-recorded segments will be filmed at the UB Center for the Arts on the UB North Campus, in order to observe all social distancing and safety protocols for the best experience for the talented study body and dedicated patrons.