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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The Art & Business of Dance Lecture @ WSU (Ogden: Feb 23)

WHO: WSU Telitha E. Lindquist College of Arts and Humanities
WHAT: Hurst Artist in Residency lecture:
Linda C. Smith: The Art and Business of Dance
WHEN: Wednesday, 23 February 2011 ● 12:30 pm
WHERE: Hetzel-Hoellein Room (Special Collections), WSU Stewart Library

The WSU Telitha E. Lindquist College of Arts and Humanities presents the 2010-11 Hurst Artist in Residency lecture by Linda C. Smith: The Art and Business of Dance; Wednesday, 23 February 2011 at 12:30 pm in the Hetzel-Hoellein Room (Special Collections) of the WSU Stewart Library. Smith will discuss what it takes to start, maintain and grow a successful performing arts organizations. Her experience will be of value to anyone contemplating starting a performing company of any kind. This lecture is free and open to the public.

Linda C. Smith is the Hurst Artist in Residency for the 2010-11 academic year. A founding member of the Repertory Dance Theater, Smith has served as the Artistic Director for the company since 1983. The Hurst Artist in Residence Program rotates annually around the various disciplines within the College of Arts and Humanities at Weber State University. Its purpose is to provide students with direct access to a nationally or internationally recognized artist or scholar for an extended period of time.

This lecture is part of RDT and WSU’s Green Map® Project:

Dance and Geography Collaborate

WHO: Repertory Dance Theatre (RDT) with the Department of Performing Arts’ WSU Moving Company
WHAT: Place: Dancing the Green Map®
WHEN: Wednesday, 23 February 2011 ● 7:30 pm
WHERE: Austad Auditorium, Val A. Browning Center for the Performing Arts

Weber State University Department of Performing Arts presents Repertory Dance Theatre (RDT) in Place: Dancing the Green Map® with the WSU Moving Company, Wednesday, 23 February 2011 at 7:30 pm in the Austad Auditorium, Val A. Browning Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $10/$7, available at the door or in advance through the Dee Events Center Tickets, 1-800-WSU-TIKS or weberstatetickets.com.

PLACE: Dancing The Green Map was inspired by Green Map icons©, beautifully designed symbols representing our life, our history, and our economy that help people identify and become more aware of the importance of sustainability…. Living, eating, working and playing in ways that will not jeopardize the health of the planet or the quality of life for all cultures, species or generations to come

An icon has many layers of symbolic meaning imbedded into the design that goes beyond the object represented. The choreography also has many layers of information that invite us to view and interpret the world in unique ways. That is the nature of art. These poetic “movement essays” are meant to raise consciousness and concern about the health of our communities and the earth. The icons help us see our communities from a fresh perspective in order to celebrate environmental progress, inspire environmental stewardship and develop a greater understanding of “place.”

RDT and WSU’s Green Map® Project

RDT and WSU Moving Company is seeking ways to make the arts more relevant in communities through inter-disciplinary programs and events that use dance as a tool to educate, to heal and to promote creative solutions to problems. The Green Map Project invites people to tell the story of their communities by gathering information about their neighborhoods and by creating a map on which icons are used to identify Sustainable Living, Nature, Culture & Society.

RDT, WSU Moving Company and WSU Geography Department are collaborating on this community-building project to develop curriculum and activities for students in the Ogden School District who will help create a Green Map, a portrait of their communities using visual arts, photographs, videos, essays, and dance. The Ogden Green Map® Project is under the direction of Joanne L. Lawrence, Dance Area Head, and Dr. Julie Rich, Geography Professor. Through Community Based Learning, WSU dancers and geography students are partnering with RDT and the Ogden School District (including the Gear Up Program, coordinated by Carrie Maxson).

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