March 5, 2010
Luther College alumna Lynn Bowman and artist Rhea Speights will perform “Golden Record” Thursday, March 18, 7:30 p.m. in the Center for the Arts, Studio II.
The guest artists will hold a rehearsal intensive for interested dancers during the week of their residency, which will produce a new dance work to be part of Thursday night’s performance.
In August 1977 NASA sent into outer space a phonographic recording, the “Golden Record,” containing sounds and images selected to portray the diversity of life and culture on earth with hopes of some day communicating to intelligent life. This dance duet makes physical, humanity’s attempt to project ourselves beyond our own brief time span, that some small part of what we find beautiful and sacred about our experience of life on earth may live on long after we are gone.
Bowman, originally from Bettendorf, Iowa, started her dance training at Ballet Quad Cities School of Dance.
She holds the bachelor of arts degree in theatre/dance from Luther. During her junior year of college, she studied in London at Laban Centre for Contemporary Dance, receiving a professional diploma in dance studies.
Bowman moved to Washington, D.C. in September 2004 where she danced with Carla & Company and BosmaDance, the latter of which was featured in Dance Magazine’s “Top 25 to Watch in 2007.”
She taught dance at Catholic University of America, Dance Place and for a variety of outreach dance programs for Washington public schools.
Bowman attended the University of Iowa as an Iowa Arts Fellow and completed her master of fine arts degree in dance choreography in 2009.
Bowman currently resides in Tuscaloosa, Ala., where she continues to choreograph and develop new projects while dancing with Sanspointe Dance Company and choreographing for the University of Alabama’s department of dance.
Speights began studying dance with Kitty Seale and Haynes Owens at the Alabama Dance Theatre in Montgomery, Ala., supplementing her studies with summers at the American Dance Festival in Durham N.C., and the Limon Institute in New York, N.Y.
Speights graduated magna cum laude from the University of Alabama majoring in telecommunication and film. She combined her interests of dance and video during a year of studies in multimedia performance at Arizona State University.
Speights has taught dance at Arizona State University, Samford University, the University of Alabama, the American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive in Tuscaloosa, and Children’s Dance Foundation.
She is currently choreographing and performing for the modern dance company Sanspointe and with the improvisational music/dance ensemble Corpus Euphonium.
Photo credit: Ali Clark