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Fri November 22, 2013
UNCSA Fall Dance Concert, Behind the Scenes With Mary Dalton, Typography, and She Loves Me
UNCSA Fall Dance Concert
The annual Fall Dance Concerts continue this weekend at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem. These gripping productions provide audiences with a glimpse into the highly professional training that goes on at the school. For the student dancers themselves, it’s an opportunity to approach new works from both an academic and vocational perspective under the collaborative guidance of some of today’s leading dancer/choreographers. Bessie Award-winning performer, NYC based choreographer and UNCSA alumna Kimberly Bartosik was a longtime member of the legendary Merce Cunningham Dance Company. Her recent works commissioned and presented by Dance Theater Workshop, New York Live Arts, and others explore space, time, and audience perspective. Taiwan native and UNCSA School of Dance contemporary dance faculty Ming-Lung Yang was founding member and Artistic Director of Dance Forum Taipei Dance Company, and his choreography has been presented around the world. Both artists will premiere new works performed by UNCSA dancers during Fall Dance. They spoke with David Ford recently between rehearsals.
Their new works along with that of Associate Dean Brenda Daniels will be premiered during UNCSA’s Fall Dance Concert through Saturday, November 23rd with an evening performance Friday, November 22nd at 7:30 PM, and a Saturday matinee at 2:00 PM in the Agnes de Mille Theatre on the UNCSA campus.
Behind the Scenes with Mary Dalton
It’s time to step off the dance floor and go behind-the-scenes with guest commentator Wake Forest University Professor of Communication, Film Studies, and Women’s and Gender Studies Mary Dalton. Mary’s also Co-Director of the Documentary Film Program at Wake. You can check out her media blog on our WFDD website: wfdddalton.wordpress.com.
Renowned typographer Robert Bringhurst is also a linguist, translator, cultural historian, and one of Canada’s most revered poets. His poetry has been described as “rare but not rarified”, and in his landmark book The Elements of Typographic Style, he’s been said to “conjure poetry out of the smallest detail, from the humble hyphen to the nuances of serifs”. Robert recently lectured in Hanes Gallery on the WFU campus as part of the gallery’s ongoing exhibition Letterforming. His lecture was titled The Biology of Symbols: How Pictures Became Letters that Became Text and are Sometimes Becoming Pictures Again. Prior to his lecture, Robert spoke with David Ford by phone from his home in British Columbia.
GT Upchurch and the Production of She Loves Me
Wake Forest University and University of NC School of the Arts alumna GT Upchurch may have just graduated from UNCSA’s School of Drama in 2005, but she’s already on lots of people’s radar. GT has directed several Off-Broadway productions, including last year’s Harper Regan by Simon Stephens which received a Top Ten Shows of 2012 nod from the New York Times. The Times also profiled her in February’s article “Staging a Sisterhood,” about the rise of women directors in New York. Recently GT’s been sharing her talents with UNCSA 4th year senior drama students during rehearsals for Joe Masteroff’s romantic comedy She Loves Me.
She Loves Me opens on Wednesday, November 20th and will run through the 24th with evening shows at 7:30 PM and a Sunday matinee at 2:00 PM in The Gerald Freedman Theatre, Performance Place on the UNCSA campus.