F101 Spring 2019 Dance Choreography Sampler
Mondays, 11:50–1:15, Mar. 25–Apr. 15
Coordinator: Linda G. Miller
This course highlights the choreography of the three contemporary dance artists involved in the School of Dance’s Gala Concert, March 29, 30 in the George Mason Concert Hall and March 31 at the Hylton Performing Arts Center. A behind-the-scenes look will be offered on how these dances are created, from inspiration to casting, rehearsal, and finally performance. The course will feature works by:
- Nacho Duato. Born in Valencia, Spain, his ballets form part of the repertoire of numerous companies, including the Stuttgart Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Royal Ballet, American Ballet Theater, and Paris Opera Ballet. In 1998 the Spanish government awarded him the Gold Medal of Merit in the Fine Arts.
- Andonis Foniadakis, director of the Andonis Foniadakis/Apotosoma Dance Company, has collaborated with many ballet companies worldwide, including the Sydney Dance Company, Martha Graham Dance Company, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet Company, and Ballets Jazz Montreal. His awards include the Danza e Danza Award for Best Choreography in 2012.
- Lucinda Childs began her career at the Judson Dance Theater in New York in 1963. In 1976 she was featured in the landmark avant-garde opera Einstein on the Beach by Philip Glass and Robert Wilson. She has choreographed more than 30 works for major ballet companies, including the Paris Opera Ballet. She was recently inducted into the Hall of Fame of the National Museum of Dance in Saratoga Springs, New York, where an exhibition of her work has been installed.
Attendees will be invited to a rehearsal in the Concert Hall, George Mason University on March 26, 27, or 28 (TBA).
The course will also feature the choreographic works of student choreographers involved in the School of Dance's Spring Concert in Harris Theater April 11, 12, and 13. Student choreographers from the School of Dance conduct an audition early in the spring semester to select their dancers and rehearse two or three times a week until the concert. They each have a faculty mentor to provide feedback on their work until the adjudicated showing when the works for the Harris Concert program are selected. Attending rehearsals offers a chance to get to know the dancers and gain an understanding of how choreography is a reflection of our contemporary world.