Fredonia Dance Ensemble offers expanded Merrins Chamber Series event

Monday October 28, 2019Doug Osborne-Coy
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“The Fredonia Dance Ensemble in: The Merrins Chamber Series” will feature 22 Dance majors performing pieces choreographed by Fredonia Department of Theatre and Dance faculty members.

Following a sold-out inaugural run in 2018, the Merrins Chamber Series returns in November for six performances.

The event location is Dods Hall Room 148.

Dates and times for “The Fredonia Dance Ensemble in: The Merrins Chamber Series” are Friday, Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 9 at 2 and 7:30 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 16 at 2 and 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are available through the Fredonia Ticket Office at the Williams Center, by phone at 673-3501 (1-866-441-4928) or online at

Fredonia Department of Theatre and Dance faculty member Paula J. Peters is the director.

“All four works of choreography highlight issues of humanity, and how people move through these issues in different ways,” Ms. Peters said. “Paul Mockovak’s work focuses on issues of friendship and connection, Anthony Alterio’s work explores the challenges of it means constantly to come out as a queer person in our society, my work focuses on how we all go continuously go through feelings of helplessness, resistance to help, and ultimately are able to stand on our own, and Angela DiFiore’s work is an exploration of what it means to fall down in your life, both physically and mentally, and what we do to handle those experiences.”

Almost 40 students are involved in the production.

“There are 22 student performers, 13 backstage crew, a student sound designer, a student lighting designer, a student stage manager and a student assistant stage manager,” Peters said.

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