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Dancer, MacArthur Fellow to share work, Oct. 2 and 4

Choreographer, dancer and 2002 MacArthur Fellow Liz Lerman will spend the first week of October on campus sharing her work through master classes, workshops and two public performances.

Lerman will discuss and demonstrate her "Critical Response Method," a system for giving and receiving useful feedback on artistic work-in-progress, at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2. At 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, she will be part of "Liz Lerman in Performance," an informal presentation with four members of her dance company followed by a discussion. Both events are free and will take place in the Hagan Dance Studio, 185 Nassau St.

Over the last 20 years, Lerman has established herself as a leader in the modern dance and community arts fields. She has earned international recognition for her work with the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange as a solo performer and as a choreographer of more than 50 works.

She is well known for her work in finding new ways to make concert dance available and accessible to the wider community. One of Lerman's approaches to opening up the world of dance is through her company, which has been based in the greater Washington, D.C., area since 1976. The dancers range in age from 20 to 70 and have a wide array of cultural backgrounds. In her teaching, she emphasizes the power of dance as a tool of communication and expression for dancers and non-dancers of different ages, levels of training and social backgrounds.

Lerman is regularly commissioned by communities to create new works relevant to their location and history. These pieces often include members of the community in their final performance.

Her visit is sponsored by the Program in Theater and Dance and the Council of the Humanities .

Contact: Tom Bartus(609) 258-3601

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