Wu Shu Master Class with Scott Parker
The Princeton Atelier and the Program in Dance will offer an opportunity for students to learn from and audition with acclaimed Wu Shu artist Scott Parker during two master classes in December. The class will incorporate Wu Shu techniques and will serve as an audition for ATL 498/DAN 498 Journey Beyond the West: The New Adventures of Monkey—A Martial Arts Opera, a Spring 2014 Atelier/Dance course. Under the direction of Parker and choreographer Rebecca Lazier, students will create and perform Journey Beyond the West: The New Adventures of Monkey, composer Fred Ho's contemporary adaptation of the 16th-century Chinese novel, Journey to the West. This action-adventure, musical-fantasy told through martial arts, dance and music is designed for martial artists of all styles and levels, dancers of all genres, and acrobats. The 35-minute piece will be performed at the Berlind Theater the week of April 14th.
The first master class will be held on Tuesday, December 3 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the Dance Studio at New South. The second will be held on Saturday, December 7 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Interested students need only choose one of the master class sessions to attend. The classes are open to all Princeton students to participate and for the public to observe.
SCOTT PARKER has studied, competed, and performed the martial art of Wu Shu since the age of nine. By age fourteen he won his first national all-around championship in the men’s division, making him the youngest ever to do so. This would later lead to him being inducted into the Inside Kung Fu Hall of Fame. He has competed internationally in the World Wu Shu Championships held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia as a member of the United States team.
A great emphasis on performance quality has enabled Scott to incorporate the beautiful artistic movement of Wu Shu into many creative avenues. He has had the opportunity to collaborate and learn from a number of amazing individuals from theatre, dance and film.
Scott has had the pleasure of bringing Wu Shu to a variety of venues such as Carnegie Hall, The Guggenheim Museum, Henry St. Settlement, and the Apollo Theatre. Scott has also toured the country bringing his passion for martial arts to each of the 36 cities he and his cast mates visited as well as performed in two separate productions at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival. He also has created stunt and fight scene choreography with Comedy Central Network and Film. Currently, Scott is incorporating his nearly 30 years of experience into instructing his own fitness class, Wushu Fitness Dynamic, a program centered on Wu Shu that can be enjoyed by well-seasoned martial artists, dancers, athletes and absolute beginners.
Tuesday, December 3
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
New South Dance Studio
Saturday, December 7
1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Patricia and Ward Hagan '48 Dance Studio at 185 Nassau
Open to all Princeton students to participate
Open to the public to observe
Photo courtesy of Scott Parker