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Performance  |  Melanie Aceto Contemporary Dance performs Cloud

Part of M&T Second Fridays at the Burchfield Penney

Friday, June 8, 2012, 6:30–7:30 pm

East Gallery  

Cloud (2012)
Choreographer: Melanie Aceto
Artistic Directors: Melanie Aceto and Michael Rogers

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Conceived and created in collaboration with architect/designer Michael Rogers, Cloud utilizes over 3,000 square feet of plastic to create a fluid and fluxuating environment. The plastic is a rumbling terrain, a giant bubble, an engulfing wedding dress and a mammoth womb. The possibilities for the plastic to become a rich terrain, a stage set and a costume are explored. More at

Melanie Aceto Contemporary Dance (MACD) is a modern dance company based in Buffalo, New York exploring both lush and comedic work. Her desire is to inspire, to inform and to challenge audiences to perceive more fully.

Melanie Aceto is a modern dancer and choreographer whose work has been presented in festivals in Guatemala, Toronto, Germany, Kentucky, New Jersey, Florida, Ohio, at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and in numerous venues in both Upstate NY and New York City. She has worked with contemporary composers Marc Mellits, Ping Jin, Evan Johnson and extensively with Mark Olivieri. Her creative interests are in contemporary choreography and improvisation. Her research interests include investigating models for teaching dance composition and modern technique. She earned her Master of Fine Arts degree in dance from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and currently teaches at the University at Buffalo.

Michael Rogers is an architect whose work has been shown in the Venice Biennale, the Metropolitan Works Gallery in London, Castelliotissa Hall in Nicosia, Cyprus, and in Buffalo, NY as part of the Greiner Hall design team. He has worked with Minimaforms, Cannon Design, and Olsen Kundig Architects on a variety of projects ranging from large-scale dormitories to advanced prototypical disaster relief housing. His research includes advanced computational design in emergent organizational models, anatomically parametric formal definitions, and novel fabrication techniques. He earned his Masters of Architecture in Urbanism from the Architectural Association in London, England.

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