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April 22, 2005

UMBC Students Partner with the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange and Erickson Retirement Communities to Create New Modern Dance

Contact: Tom Moore

Written in Stone, Danced on the BodyOn April 29 and May 1, UMBC students will partner with the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange and the Charlestown campus of Erickson Retirement Communities to present Written in Stone, Danced on the Body, a modern dance performance event.

The sort of dance experience that only Liz Lerman Dance Exchange would conceive and dare, Written in Stone, Danced on the Body melds three cultures into one dance dialogue: seven older women dancers from Kyoto, Japan; residents of Charlestown Retirement Community; and performing arts students from UMBC. The dance, designed to be as thought provoking as it is entertaining, has been choreographed by the Dance Exchange's Margot Greenlee and Martha Wittman and will include recorded narrative/music and a photographic display documenting the performance's process. The performance will be filmed by UMBC's New Media Studio.

Written in Stone, Danced on the Body is the culmination of a semester-long collaboration between UMBC, the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange and Charlestown. During the spring 2005 semesters, participating UMBC students participated in a special course, Dance in Community, in which they learned about community arts movement, aspects of gerontology, and specific techniques pioneered by the Dance Exchange for bringing movement and dance into the lives of people of all ages.

The performances on April 29 will be at 2 pm and 7 pm will be held in the Auditorium of the Charlestown Retirement Community. Admission is free.

The performance on May 1st will be at 3 pm, at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C. Admission is free.

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Posted by tmoore at April 22, 2005 2:43 PM