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WMU offers first dance technology concert

Oct. 18, 2002

KALAMAZOO -- Choreography by three faculty members and a guest artist will be on tap Nov. 7-10 when the dance department at Western Michigan University presents a Dance Technology Concert in the Dalton Center Multi Media Room.

The concert will feature innovations in the merging of dance and technology by WMU faculty and guest artist Jan Erkert, an award-winning choreographer from Chicago. Erkert will perform her new autobiographical multi-media work, "A Pink Flower, a Yellow Afghan, a Cat, a Dog, a Bird and a Bathing Cap," which mixes video, text and movement.

In addition to Erkert's performance, the concert will include choreography and performances by faculty members Trudy Cobb, David Curwen and Nina Nelson. Cobb will premiere a multi-media choreodrama that celebrates the life and work of Joe Nash, a preeminent black dance historian and archivist of African American dance memorabilia. Curwen's new work will offer a highly kinetic approach to interactive digital technology, telematics, video and special effects. Nelson will present " and down will come baby" her videodance that probes a young woman's psychological landscape.

Shows are at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 7-9, and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 9-10. A post concert discussion with the choreographers and guest artist will follow the Thursday evening and Saturday matinee performances. Post concert discussions are free and provide audience members an opportunity to learn about the various technological and creative aspects relating to the performance.

General seating is $16. Tickets for WMU staff and senior citizens are $12 and $7 for students. For tickets, call the Gilmore Ticket Office at (269) 387-6222.

Media contact: Mark Schwerin, 269 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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