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Locally Grown Dance (LGD)

Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 7:30pm

Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, Kiplinger Theatre
430 College Ave, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA

March 5, 2020, 7:30 p.m.
March 6, 2020, 7:30 p.m.
March 7, 2020, 7:30 p.m.
Kiplinger Theatre, Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts
Directed by Jumay Chu & Byron Suber

The politics of expression in the dancer’s body, from the exquisite to the damned and offering both pleasure and provocation, is this year’s LGD.

Jumay Chu’s dancers work with the cross-cultural significance of transforming into movement the modern art of Taiwan’s famous calligrapher Tong Yang-Tze; Nic Ceynowa’s choreography transfigures with music the façade of organized “belonging” with its illusions and deceptions; and Byron Suber’s dancers transpose the scenic design of AAP alum Matt Gagnon ‘96 and the cyclical processes of the metaphorical transformation through darkness into light.

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Dance (Performance), Performance


Department of Performing and Media Arts, Cornell China Center, Cornell Council for the Arts, East Asia Program


cascal, caspma, perfhum



$18 for adults, $12 for students, seniors & Cornell alumni, faculty & staff

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Amala Lane

Amala Lane left a positive review 3/4/2020

All of the dancers were impressive. I hadn't known that most are not PMA majors and some are even PhD students in the sciences! The faculty who have brought out their talents and ideas are truly to be commended. Video projections were amazing and I especially loved the Tong Yang-tze video projection of her calligraphy that was animated. It really could have been a stand alone but the interpretation of the student dancers was truly sublime. Kudos to Jumay Chuh for her work with them. Kudos also to Chris Miller's musicianship that created a meditative yet joyful sound-scape. I must say that the final performance by professional dancer-choreographer, Sharaf DarZaid was as stunning as it was breathtaking with his ability to express grief, rage and astonishment in the most subtle of muscle movements. Who knew that one could be mesmerized by a person basically standing in a semi-crouching position as he beat himself to allow explosions of talc impersonating bombings of emotion and violence?

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