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Dance professor doing research in Paris

June 18, 2007

KALAMAZOO--Megan Slayter, assistant professor of dance at Western Michigan University, has been awarded a Gilmore Emerging Artist grant to conduct research in Paris on choreographer and dance lighting pioneer Loie Fuller.

With the help of her research collaborator, dance historian and notator Jessica Lindberg, Slayter will recreate the third and final dance from Fuller's original 1896 concert, "Lily of the Nile."

That dance, along with Fuller's "Night" and "Fire Dance," will be performed this summer in Chicago in partnership with Momenta Dance Company. The performance will be included on a new DVD documentary on Fuller and will mark the first time the three Fuller works will be performed in more that 100 years.

Slayter was the technical production coordinator for the American Dance Festival in 2005. As a lighting designer and stage manager, she has worked extensively in the Chicago area with the Space/Movement Project and Robert Moses' KIN and in Kalamazoo with WMU, Wellspring/Cori Terry and Dancers and Chenery Auditorium.

As a dancer, Slayter has performed in works by Lar Lubovitch, Bebe Miller, Victoria Uris and Cori Terry.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, (269) 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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