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“Sum-phusis” | Performance Art by George Hughes

January 29, 2008  by: Dom

Sum-phusis, George Hughes

Friday, February 8, 2008, 7:00p.m.
Black Box Theatre (Free admittance)
Center for the Arts,
University at Buffalo, North Campus

“Sum-phusis” is a new performance art work directed by UB Assistant Professor of Painting George Hughes, with choreography by Melanie Aceto, Assistant Professor of Dance. The collaborative possibilities of painting, dance, music, and technology come together to address synergistically natural disasters as they interface with man-made atrocities. This performance reveals the seemingly random effects of natural disasters contrasted with events initiated by human beings.

The performers in “Sum-phusis” will allegorically play the role of natural elements and at the same time represent authority figures empowered with critical decision-making geared towards prosperity or doom.

The use of customized small robots, radio-controlled cars, in combination with improvised dance, painting, appropriated music, original sound and light effects will be juxtaposed by symbolic human actions reminiscent of ritual.

Director and Script: George Hughes (Assistant Prof., UB Visual Studies).
Choreography: Melanie Aceto (Assistant Prof., UB Theater and Dance) in collaboration with dancers Rebekah Brown, John Kasten, Elliot Keller, Jeanine Panzica, and Sam Robbins.
Light Technician and Sound Editor: ZouPon Loe.
Video Editor: BradFerd Swabbs.
For more information contact:

202 Center for the Arts, North Campus
Buffalo, New York 14260-6010
(716) 645-6878
(716) 645-6970 fax
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