Genesee Center for the Arts Opens Its Season with Dance Troupe, "Galumpha"

The Genesee Center for the Arts begins its thirteenth season with "Galumpha", a three-man, acrobatic dance ensemble. Stunning acrobatics, striking visual effects, physical comedy and inventive choreography combine to bring imagination, muscle, and merriment to life.

Tickets are $6.00 for adults, $3.00 for students and senior citizens, and $2.00 for Genesee students with a current ID. Individuals may reserve tickets prior to the event, but they must be paid for at least 24 hours in advance or will be sold the evening of the performance.

Galumpha members Andy Horowitz and Greg O'Brien first met in 1982 as undergraduates at Binghamton University (formerly SUNY Binghamton) where they, along with a third member, formed "The Sticks." Several dance companies followed, most notably "Second Hand Dance," and, in 2002, Marlon Torres joined the ensemble and Galumpha was formed. Known for its fast-paced, athletic brand of movement, Galumpha has appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman, 2002 MDA Jerry Lewis Telethon, and MTV. Their choreographic credits include the Lincoln Center, The Staat Schowbery (Amsterdam), London's South Bank Center, The Galway Arts Festival, and The Smithsonian Institution. Victoria Looseleaf, of the Los Angeles Times, calls Galumpha "an endearingly oddball brand of movement magic," and says, "The three-man ensemble definitively proves that a plethora of props, huge sets, or fancy costumes are not needed for a good act."

Marcia Morrison, Director of Fine and Performing Arts at Genesee, is anticipating a lively performance: "I've seen Andy and Greg in action. Their work is so mind-boggling that it will generate 'oohs' and 'ahs' long after their final bow. We are privileged to have such artistry on our stage. This event is guaranteed to be a hot ticket. I'm getting my tickets now!"

For more information, call the Genesee Center for the Arts Box Office at 345-6814. Office hours are Monday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. and Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.