Luther welcomes acclaimed dancer Douglas Dunn, Hawley to perform personalized piece by choreography guru Sept. 25

Sept. 8, 2010

Internationally recognized dancer and choreographer Douglas Dunn will bring his expertise to the Luther community through a seven-day residency, culminating in a performance by Jane Hawley, Luther associate professor of dance, accompanied on piano by Jessica Paul, Luther professor of music.

The performance, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 25, at 7:30 p.m. in Jewel Theatre, Center for the Arts, is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Dunn will hold a master class Friday, Sept. 24, from 1:30-3:45 p.m. in Studio II, Center for the Arts. The master class will be open to Luther theatre/dance students.

In addition, a colloquium will be held Thursday, Sept. 23, at 9:40 a.m. open to anyone with an interest in theatre or dance.

Hawley, currently expanding her knowledge of modern dance on sabbatical, met Dunn during her graduate studies at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, while Dunn was a visiting artist. Nearly 15 years later, Hawley has set out to challenge her current training practices by performing the more traditional modern dance techniques required in Dunn’s work.

The collaborative project is supported through the Doris and Ragnvald Ylvisaker Endowment for Faculty Growth, the Luther Fine Arts Program and the theatre/dance department.

Dunn has received praise from a host of critics, including The New York Times, The Washington Post and The London Times for his eccentric, witty and mesmerizingly humorous style.

In 2008, the French Embassy in New York inducted Dunn into the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, earning the rank of Chevalier —one who has significantly contributed to the enrichment of the French cultural inheritance. Other Americans who have received the award include Ella Fitzgerald and Bob Dylan.

For more information on Douglas Dunn, visit his website at: http://www.douglasdunndance.com/.

Photo by Beatriz Schiller