arts•meme to attend summer dancefest 3

Big news for arts•meme  . . . and an honor.

I am joining one dozen dance writers from across the country as a fellow at the 2009 National Endowment for the Arts “Dance Journalism Institute” held at the American Dance Festival at Duke University. Starts 20 June.

Over the course of the three-week in-residence program, I expect to view and write about a lot of good modern dance, including Shen Wei Dance Arts, Emanuel Gat (originally from Israel now based in France), Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, and Pilobolus.

The American Dance Festival is historic. Since its inception at Bennington College in Vermont in 1934, this is the place where city-weary choreographers like Martha Graham and Doris Humphrey repaired every summer to eye each others’ creative output. In 1977, the summer festival moved to its now permanent home at Duke.

Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin is the honored choreographer of the 2009 festival. I recently interviewed Ohad for the Los Angeles Jewish Journal.

Your NEA tax dollars at work! Thank you President Obama! Yes, I can!

Stay tuned for updates from Raleigh-Durham. Back to Los Angeles July 15.


Written while at NEA dance “boot camp”:

3 thoughts on “arts•meme to attend summer dancefest

  1. debra Jul 5,2009 7:35 am

    Having an amazing experience here Laura, yours, cheers, see you at Romeo, Debra L. still in Durham.

  2. Keith Jun 19,2009 9:34 am

    I read the link to the NEA description and the workshop sounds FANTASTIC! It sounds like you’ll be around knowledgeable peers, discussing things current and comprehensive. I look forward to hearing how the experience affects you and your writing! Enjoy!!

  3. MissLauraJean Jun 14,2009 9:10 pm

    this is so cool. what a great program to be able to participate in. i wanna hear all about it when you return. btw … i haven’t been there in years, but i do luv the research triangle. quite lovely.

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