Kizuna Dance

Kizuna Dance. Photo by Alice Chacon Photography

Year: 2020-2021
DanceForce Member: D. Chase Angier
Artist: Kizuna Dance
Community Partners: Alfred University Performing Arts Division, Herrick Gallman Funds, Marlin Miller Dance Residency Program
Audience: students, staff and faculty from Alfred University, Alfred State University, Nazareth, University of Rochester; Hobart and William Smith Colleges; students, parents and grandparents from the local elementary and high schools; community members
Counties: Allegany, Ulster, Monroe, Ontario, Seneca

Dates: Sept 9 – 11. The performance will be mostly virtual, with one live solo by Arenze Wellington, and shown in various outdoor places on the Alfred University campus. We are looking into many other possibilities for sharing this work including Alfred State Campus.

Kizuna Company: Cameron McKinney, Rohan Bhargava, Jessica Smith, Isaac Martin Lerner, Cayla Simpson, Isabele Rosso, Mallory Galarza, Malena Maust.
Cameron will also be in the position of curating other BIPOC young artists and including their work in the evening.

The Alfred University Dance Program is adapting to these times of Covid in this new proposal. This residency will be made possible by the NYSCA/DanceForce, The Marlin Miller Dance Residency Program, The Herrick Gallman Fund, and the Performing Arts Division and the School of Art and Design at Alfred University. Kizuna is a repertory company that features the work of Artistic Director Cameron McKinney, but also includes choreography by other early career choreographers. In this proposal we are also asking Cameron to curate other works from early career BIPOC outside of his company to create an approximately 30-minute video. This idea is informed by a Dancers Union Town Hall where BIPOC dancer/choreographers expressed a need for more opportunities to show work and more curation opportunities by artists of color. Kizuna’s work and the curated works will be pre-recorded and performed virtually. We are exploring the possibility of including a solo performed live by AU student Arenze Wellington. Cameron’s work will be performed by fiercely trained dancers; experts in floor and low flying dance techniques.

Because the concert will consist of works by multiple choreographers our audience will be exposed to several artistic viewpoints from BIPOC in one concert – viewpoints that represent the most current dance ideas. This burst of youth and expertise will complement the conversations recently begun by Kyle Marshall and his company, who came to Alfred in the Fall of 2019, and will be a shift from the more experienced/established artists/companies – Eiko Otake and Saakumu – that came to Alfred in 2018 & 2019. Otake and Saakumu were both funded by the NYSCA/DanceForce and The Marlin Miller Dance Residency Program. These diverse residencies bring a variety of perspectives to our western NY community.

We will also be offering two virtual classes: one to choreographers which can include choreography students from our region including Alfred University, Nazareth, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and University of Rochester; and one to the larger public.