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Fall 2015 Events


Koresh Dance Company, Modern Dance Guest Residency:  September 4 - 12

Matthew Neenan, Ballet Guest Artist in Residence:  October 5 - 8 and 12 - 16

Meet the Artists:

Friday, September 11
Todd Dance Studio, 6 p.m.
Meet Koresh Dance Company members and hear about the company's creative endeavors. Watch Goucher dancers in rehearsal for the upcoming Goucher Repertory Dance Ensemble Concert.  Free and open to the public.

Friday, October 16
Todd Dance Studio, 6 p.m.
Meet Matthew Neenan, this fall's ballet guest artist-in-residence, watch a rehearsal of his work that will be performed on the Goucher Repertory Dance Ensemble fall concert on November 13 and 14, and participate in a Q&A session.  Free and open to the public.

Dance Related Events:

1st Annual Sophia Kurek Dance-A-Thon
October 3, 4 - 10 p.m.
Lilian Welsh Gymnasium, 4-10 p.m., followed by a performance 10-11:30 p.m. 

This event aims to engage our community in a shared experience, in the spirit of artistry, passion, and scholarship.  The Dance-A-Thon will include an evening of dancing, music, raffles, prizes, performances by alums, and more.  This event is being held in memory of Sophia Kurek, a Goucher dancer who died tragically in 2014.  All funds raised will support the Sophia L. Kurek Memorial Scholarship Fund.   For more information about registering for the Dance-A-Thon and details about the scholarship fund, visit sophiakurekdanceathon.webs.com.   

Victoria Tennant Lecture
October 21, 7 p.m.
The Athenaeum, Batza Room 448

Victoria Tennant celebrates her mother, Irina Baronova, prima ballerina for the Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo and later for Ballet Theatre in New York.  Tennant will discuss her book, Irina Baronova and the Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo which recounts Baronova's dramatic life, from her earliest aspirations to her time on tour to her later years as a pioneer of the art.  Tennant drew on letters, correspondence, oral histories and interviews to tell the story of the rise of modern ballet and its popularity through the life story of one of ballet's most glamorous stars.  The story begins with the Baronov family's flight from Russia during the Revolution.  In Paris, at the age of thirteen, Baronova was chosen by the legendary George Balanchine to join the Ballets Russes, where she danced the lead in Swan Lake. Tennant provides an intimate account of Baronova's life as a dancer and stories of life on the road with the company. Beautiful photographs, a mix of archival images and family snapshots, offer views of rehearsals, costumes, set designs, and the dancers themselves.  Victoria Tennant played the title role in her first film, The Ragman's Daughter, in 1972, and she has since then worked in film, television, theater, and radio, receiving Emmy and Golden Globe nominations. She lives in Los Angeles.  A book signing will follow the lecture, which is free and open to the public. Please call the Dance Department at 410-337-6390 to reserve a seat.

Caring for the Dancer's Foot Workshop
October 25, 9 a.m. - Noon
Eisner Dance Studio

Caring for the Dancer's Foot is a practical workshop where dancers will learn best practices to improve use of feet in dance.  The symposium will be led by Megan Rich, physiotherapist and dance specialist.  The guest speaker will be Dr. Lew Schon, board certified orthopedic surgeon and Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, is Chief of Foot and Ankle Services at Union Memorial Hospital (UMH) in Baltimore, Maryland, Director of UMH's Foot and Ankle Fellowship Program, Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at the Johns Hopkins University, and Clinical Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Georgetown University School of Medicine.  Registration fee for Goucher students $45 and others $60.  To register go to MRPTevents.com.  For more information contact Amanda Thom Woodson at awoodson@goucher.edu.   

Open Marley
Friday, October 30
Todd Dance Studio, 5:30 p.m.
Goucher students will present original choreography-in-progress to receive critical feedback and analysis. This informal showing is open to all as observers or participants.


LehrerDance Performs
September 30, 7:30 p.m.
Kraushaar Auditorium

The Goucher College Dance Department welcomes LehrerDance, under the artistic direction of Jon Lehrer.  Lehrer's choreography comes from his background in modern and jazz dance, and is considered "organic, artistic, accessible and often humorous, reflecting life experience and the human condition."  His company has received international attention and critical acclaim, and is "on the cusp of jazz/modern fusion," according to Dance Magazine.  The LehrerDance style integrates the approach and fluidity of modern dance with the excitement and energy of jazz dance, creating an expressive, engrossing style of movement.  The performance is free.

Goucher Repertory Dance Ensemble Concert
November 13, 7:30 p.m.
November 14, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Kraushaar Auditorium and Merrick Lecture Hall

"Meeting Ground" highlights the creative work of some of the dance world's most exciting artists.  The program features ballet and modern works by guest artists Matthew Neenan, founder and artistic director of BalletX, and Ken Skrzesz, dancer, choreographer, teacher, and Coordinator of Fine Arts for the Maryland State Department of Education.  Also on the program will be Koresh Dance Company repertory by artistic director Ronen Koresh.  In addition, Goucher dancers will perform works by Goucher dance faculty, including new works by Iyun Harrison and Amanda Thom Woodson.  You are also welcome to join us on Friday evening at 6:45 p.m. in Merrick Hall, adjacent to Kraushaar Auditorium, to hear about the evening's choreography from some of the artists themselves. $15 general admission; $5 for students with ID, and senior citizens. Purchase tickets at www.goucher.edu/tickets.

Todd 361 Series
December 4 and 5, 7:30 p.m.
Todd Dance Studio Theatre

This year's advanced choreography students will showcase original works set on Goucher dancers and presented in a studio-theatre environment.  Each student will share their unique choreographic vision.  $8 general admission, $5 for students with ID and senior citizens.  Purchase tickets at www.goucher.edu/tickets.

Guest Artist Residency Recaps from Fall 2014:

Meredith Rainey Residency Interview from Cuonquer on Vimeo.

Modern Guest Artist Jon Lehrer from Cuonquer on Vimeo.

Doris Humphrey's "Grieg Concerto" Residency from Cuonquer on Vimeo.

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