Posting Date: November 1, 2010
Kennesaw State Dance Company to present "D-Man in the Waters"
Dance performance features the choreography of Bill T. Jones
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KENNESAW, Ga.—The Kennesaw State University Department of Theatre, Performance Studies & Dance will present "D-Man in the Waters" Nov. 17-20 at 8 p.m. in Howard Logan Stillwell Theater. The performance, made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Arts American Masterpiece Grant, will include four contemporary works featuring the choreography of guest artist Bill T. Jones, KSU artist-in-residence Lauri Stallings, and KSU faculty Sandra Parks and Ivan Pulinkala.
Pulinkala, director of the Program in Dance, explains, “It is very exciting for the KSU Program in Dance to receive the National Endowment for the Arts American Masterpiece grant this year. This nationally competitive grant brings a level of recognition and visibility to our program that is a great honor for our students, faculty and university.”
Each of the four works to be performed are distinctive and “each artist works with his or her own palate of vocabulary and ideas,” says Pulinkala. “The programming represents a diversity in our curriculum, that is integral to our pedagogical philosophy.” The performance will feature contemporary ballet, Israeli gaga technique and contemporary modern technique. A highlight of the concert is the performance of "D-Man in the Waters" choreographed by internationally acclaimed Tony award-winning artist Bill T. Jones.
“The reason I chose Bill T. Jones’ work for the company this year is because he represents many aspects of diversity that are important to our program, department, college and university,” Pulinkala explains. “He is an openly gay, HIV-positive, African-American choreographer. These aspects of his personal identity are significantly tied to his choreographic work and integral to his creative process. The work provides a powerful opportunity to teach our students about valuing and respecting all kinds of beliefs, people and experiences.”
The KSU Program in Dance was started as a dance minor in 2005. In January 2009, the program launched the Bachelor of Arts degree in dance that currently enrolls more than 80 dance majors in less than two years. The program has garnered a national reputation at the American College Dance Festival, and the KSU Dance Company has been invited to represent dance programs in the southeastern United States for two consecutive national years, performing in New York City in 2008 and at the Kennedy Center in 2010. For more information about the Program in Dance, visit here.
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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 70 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including new doctorates in education, business and nursing. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of more than 22,500 from 142 countries.
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.