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I am writing in response to the review of the Buffalo Contemporary Dance Concert, "An Evening of Dance" performed at the Flickinger Performing Arts Center on Dec. 11. I am a painter with a passion for dance. Recently I had the memorable experience of working with Tina Banchero in her piece "We Wimmin," performed in this year's concert.

Dance is a sudden event. There is an immediacy that takes place on stage unlike any of the other arts. The movement occurs and in an instant it is over. During the 10 minutes that "We Wimmin" was performed, the audience watched the dance unfold and walked away with something to remember. It was quite evident, due to the positive response I received at the reception after the performance, that Banchero's work made a profound impact on the viewers, not only visually but also emotionally and intellectually.

The reference to "We Wimmin" as "The back-to-the-drawing-board-category" gives the impression that Banchero is a mere amateur with little concern for the work being presented. On the contrary, she is by far one of the most creative and dedicated dancer/choreographers that I have had the opportunity to work with.

Banchero plans to relocate this spring. It is unfortunate for Buffalo that we are losing yet another talented artist, who has given so much to this community.



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