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Bard Hosts Dance Across Borders 2007: The Body Politic, Three-Week International Dance Symposium

Emily M. Darrow
Student and Professional Dancers May Apply Now; Symposium Offers Exciting Opportunity to Work With Renowned Choreographers From All Over the World
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—Bard College hosts Dance Across Borders 2007: The Body Politic, a three-week dance symposium for student and professional dancers, from May 29 through June 16. An internationally renowned group of choreographers offer workshops, seminars, and performances. Student dancers, who are at least at the advanced-intermediate level, and professional dancers are invited to submit applications by February 1, in order to participate in the symposium. Workshop participants perform, with members of Noemie Lafrance’s company, in a new site-specific piece by Lafrance that is inspired by the architecture and setting of Bard’s Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, designed by the acclaimed architect Frank Gehry. Some of the noted dancers and choreographers who will lead the seminar are, from the U.S., Pat Cremins, Jane Comfort, Molissa Fenley, Sondra Loring, Dean Moss, and Muna Tseng, as well as Bard alumni Arthur Aviles ’87, Layla Childs ’95, and Sonya Robbins ’96, and Bard professors Jean Churchill and Susan Osberg. Borders crossed by the choreography faculty are Bulgaria, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, India, Israel, Lebanon, Lithuania, Sweden, and Venezuela. “Dance transcends borders: geographic and psychological. Dance is a language that choreographers speak with their unique voices. We can learn to speak to each other without saying a word or we can dance with words if we chose to,” says Susan Osberg, visiting associate professor of dance at Bard and one of the organizers of Dance Across Borders. “The theme of this year’s symposium is The Body Politic, in which international choreographers and dancers pass on what they’ve learned about how to relate their work to the body, to the community, and to world events. I can think of no better venue to explore this theme than workshops led by this international group of contemporary choreographers, who are redefining the very nature of dance and performance today.” “Dance Across Borders is a cooperative structure for international exchange, based on mutual respect for the integrity of different artistic points of view. How many borders can we cross? As many as have been set—by different cultures, traditions, national interests, and prejudices. Dance Across Borders is our movement to open minds.” (Excerpt from Dance Across Borders Manifesto, 1995) Tuition for the three-week Dance Across Borders 2007: The Body Politic is $1700 and includes room and board on the Bard College campus, located two hours north of New York City. College credit is available. Enrollment is limited. Please note: The application deadline for Dance Across Borders is February 1, 2007. For a downloadable application and further information, visit or e-mail your intention to apply to Joan Duddy at # Artist Faculty Galina Borissova (Bulgaria); Rene Nommik and Tiina Ollesk (Estonia); Dusan Tynek (New York City/Czech Republic); Gun Lund and Olof Persson (Sweden); Kitt Johnson (Denmark), Adi Salant (Denmark/Israel), Mute Comp and Sara Gebran (Denmark/Venezuela/Lebanon), Charlotte Schioler (Denmark); Fabrice Dugied, Mireille Feyzeau, and Amy Swanson (France); Noemie Lafrance (Canada/New York City), Julie West (Canada); Birute Letukaite (Lithuania); Uttara Coorlawala (New York City/India); Arthur Aviles, Marika Blossfeldt, Layla Childs and Sonya Robbins, Jean Churchill, Catlin Cobb, Jane Comfort, Pat Cremins, Molissa Fenley, Bryan Hayes, Sondra Loring, Dean Moss, Susan Osberg, and Muna Tseng (New York City). Dance Across Borders Steering Committee: Susan Osberg, cofounder and director of DAB 2007 in U.S. and at Bard College; Joan Duddy, cofounder and administrator of DAB in the U.S. In alliance with: Pat Cremins, cofounder and director of DAB in U.S.; Gun Lund and Lars Persson, cofounders and directors in Sweden; Marika Blossfeldt, director in Estonia; Mireille Feyzeau, Amy Swanson, and Fabrice Dugied, directors in France. # # # (12.18.06)

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This event was last updated on 02-13-2007