Posting Date: October 11, 2010
KSU dance program hosts residency with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company
Residency culminates with “D-Man in the Waters” performance
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Through a National Endowment for the Arts American Masterpiece Grant, the Kennesaw State University Program in Dance is hosting a representative from the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company in a residency leading up to the Nov. 17-20 presentation of Jones’ “D-Man in the Waters.” Rosalynn LeBlanc has already completed two weeks of her residency and will be back for a third and final week Nov. 5-10.
Ivan Pulinkala, director of the Program in Dance, shares, “The KSU Program in Dance has garnered a regional and national reputation in the past five years of its existence. This year we received a very competitive NEA grant to bring the work of this Tony Award-winning, international choreographer to KSU. This project brings more regional and national visibility to our program and the university. We are very fortunate and grateful to the National Endowments for the Arts and the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company for this enriching collaboration.”
As part of the residency, LeBlanc will re-stage the work, teach master classes, give lectures and also go out into the community to work with other dancers. The November concert will feature live music by the KSU Chamber Players and will present an evening of technically virtuosic, innovative choreography featuring choreography by Jones, Lauri Stallings, Sandra Parks and Pulinkala.
Pulinkala explains, “The work of Bill T. Jones is intellectually and artistically layered. As an openly gay, HIV-positive, African-American choreographer, his work is closely tied to his personal identity and reflects a strong artistic voice. Our students and faculty will greatly benefit from experiencing the diversity this work brings to our university.”
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The KSU College of the Arts is one of only four Georgia institutions to have achieved full national accreditation for all of its arts departments.