Pantos Project and Tributary Dance Premier New Works at Plymouth State University

Arts and Entertainment

August 22, 2014

From: Plymouth State University

Plymouth, NH - Two New England-based emerging dance companies will combine their talents to present high-energy contemporary dance works.

Amanda Whitworth, PSU director of dance and artistic director of Tributary Dance, has teamed up with her former student, now dance educator and choreographer, Kathleen Pantos'08 for Pantos Project's premier performance.

With a vision to entertain and inspire, Pantos says her troupe "is committed to nurturing its craft to create and perform athletic, honest, artistic, innovative works, pushing boundaries, inspiring audiences and stimulating souls."

Pantos Project will perform four works inspired by people and experiences from Kat Pantos' life, including "She Said, She Said," which was created as part of New York City's Women in Dance Festival Portions of the choreography were generated during a rehearsal residence at PSU in August.

As associate director of Urbanity Dance from 2009-2012, Pantos performed lead roles and toured with the company. Her choreography has been performed at the Ailey Citgroup Theater, Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre, Boston University Dance Theatre, John Hancock Hall, Plymouth State University and the Paramount Theatre at Emerson College. Most recently Pantos was chosen as one of 10 featured women choreographers for the Women in Dance Series at the Ailey CityGroup Theater.

Pantos Project artists are Carolyn Breton and Lisa Cole, graduates of the Boston Conservatory; Jade Chauvin who is currently studying at Boston Conservatory; Kerri Ann Kudla, a graduate of the University of South Florida; Niki Farahani, a student at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; and Erica Misilo, a student at Roger Williams University. All are experienced dancers.

Tributary Dance will showcase a work-in-progress that blurs the lines between dance and physical theatre. The piece is based on Walking Shadows, a wordless book by Neil Bousfield that tells the story of a working-class family's struggles to make ends meet and raise their children in a relentless world of economic challenges.

Whitworth and performance artist Robin Marcotte '2000 will perform the piece, which will eventually become an evening-length work.

Whitworth has taught hundreds of master classes and participated in residencies at universities, and private and public schools across the U.S. She says, "Tributary Dance believes that dance is a savior; an artistic expression that leads, connects and inspires all people. Above all else, this savior provides joy by creating a world in which there is nor right nor wrong, but simply pathways to discover new ideas."

Whitworth received the Friends of Dance Award from Goucher College, the Monticellow Award for Choreography from Regional Dance America and the J.S. Seidman Award from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, her alma mater. She earned her M.Ed. from Plymouth State University.

Marcotte recently moved back to New Hampshire and is also teaching in Music, Theatre, and Dance at PSU. Previously, he was executive and co-artistic director of Hotel Obligado Physical Theatre. He has created and performed seven original works with the company, including Catulli Carmina with the PSU choirs. Marcotte choreographed Hotel Obligado's final production, Beauty Is, earning a Best Choreography award from The Philadelphia Weekly. He earned an MFA in interdisciplinary arts from Goddard College and is a graduate of the Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre.

Ben Kutner is a New York-based composer, orchestrator and conductor. A graduate of Brown University, he has composed for symphony orchestra, film, theater, chamber ensemble, dance and opera. His work has appeared at the New York Fringe Festival, Providence's Trinity repertory and the Interlochen Center for the Performing Arts.

Kyle Trumble, a former Whitworth student who graduated from PSU in 2013 with a B.A. in Theatre Arts, designed lighting for the production. He is technical director at Jean's Playhouse in Lincoln and recently toured with Kenichi Ebina, the 2013 winner of America's Got Talent, designing lighting for Ebina's one-man show.

Date and Time: September 5 and 6 at 7 p.m.

Location: Hanaway Theatre at the Silver Center for the Arts.

Tickets for this fundraising concert are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and youth at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869. Tickets are also available online at Proceeds from the program will help fund extracurricular opportunities for dance students, such as master classes and conference fees.