The Merce Cunningham Dance Company will perform at DanceMasters Weekend March 6-7.
Wesleyan celebrates its 11th annual DanceMasters Weekend March 6-7, an exciting event for choreographers, students, and dance enthusiasts alike.
“The mission of DanceMasters is to introduce dance students to contemporary techniques with the hope that they gain an understanding of the breadth and depth of what is out there in the dance world,” says Pamela Tatge, director of the Center for the Arts. “We are also providing regional dance teachers an important professional development opportunity through contact with world-class master teachers.”
Dancemasters offers a unique combination of outstanding performances and master classes. This year’s showcase performance features the Taylor 2 Dance Company, Merce Cunningham Dance Company, and Carmen deLavallande. Master classes are taught by visiting artists from past and currently showcased companies, as well as members of Wesleyan’s dance faculty, providing instructions in a diverse range of dance styles including West African dance, jazz, hip-hop, and tap.
This year’s Dancemasters Weekend showcase performance takes place at 8 p.m. March 6 in the CFA Theater. Tickets are
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Pamela Tatge, director of the Center for the Arts, received the William Dawson Award for Programmatic Excellence by the Association of Performing Arts Presenters.
The William Dawson Award is given to an individual or organization in the presenting field for sustained leadership, innovation and vision in program design, audience building and community involvement efforts. The award honors William M. Dawson, a seminal leader in the field of arts administration, who served for 14 years as Director of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (then called the Association of College, University and Community Arts Administrators).
“The William Dawson Award is the highest recognition our field offers its leaders, and many past recipients are legendary for their contributions to the arts in the United States,” says Sandra Gibson, president and CEO of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters. ”
In considering Pamela’s nomination, the Awards Committee applauded the Center for the Arts’ innovative contributions to integrating the arts into with other academic disciplines and the entire life of the campus, its outstanding commitment to supporting artists’ research and teaching – including both Wesleyan faculty and visiting artists, and its many creative approaches to connecting the college and Middletown communities.”
The committee also applauded Tatge’s leadership in contributing to the development of major national initiatives such as the National Dance Project, Center for Creative Research and the association’s Creative Campus program.
Tatge will receive the award Jan. 11 during the association’s annual conference in New York City.
The Center for the Arts was awarded a $20,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for the Breaking Ground Series. In addition, the CFA received a $11,992 grant from the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism for the Breaking Ground Series and Dance Masters Weekend.
Pam Tatge, director of the Center for the Arts, received a grant for $2,000 from Arts Presenters. The grant, awarded on Oct. 1, is for a project titled “Sustaining Strategies.”
Sasha Rudensky's "Bus Station," Sevastopol, Ukraine, 2004, chromogenic print.
In her first major solo exhibition, visiting professor of art Sasha Rudensky ’01, will present two photographic series at Wesleyan University’s Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery: “Remains” (2004/08) and “Demons” (2007–08).
In “Remains,” Rudensky, who was born in Moscow in 1979 and moved to the United States in 1990, explores the political and social transformation of the former Soviet Union by poignantly focusing on the intimate details of everyday life. “Demons,” a series of hybrid portraits, suggests a fantastical version of the artist’s childhood.
Rudensky “Remains” in the fall of 2004 after receiving a Mortimer Hays Brandeis traveling fellowship. Her images, however, turned out to be very different than what she first intended to photograph.
“My proposal was to document mining towns in Siberia and the arctic north,” Rudensky says. “But having gotten there and after doing some preliminary shooting, I realized I didn’t want to simply document post-soviet devastation of depressed towns,
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Documentary photographer Wendy Ewald explained how photography relates to personal history during the "Eye of History: The Camera as Witness" presentation and panel Nov. 7.
“We can never really claim to have seen anything unless it has been photographed.” — Émile Zola, c. 1901, Minutes of the Camera Club of Paris
Documentary photographers, contemporary visual artists and historians grapple with issues of photographic meaning, evidence, and interpretation.
This fall, Wesleyan has hosted a series of exhibitions, talks and films that explore photography’s role in historiography, historical memory and public life. Organized by Associate Professor of History Jennifer Tucker, “Eye of History: The Camera as Witness” serves as a meeting point for people who share a common interest in photography, art and historical memory.
On Nov. 7, internationally-renowned documentary photographers Wendy Ewald, Eric Gottesman and Susan Meiselas joined acclaimed writer and critic David Levi Strauss in a panel discussion about photography’s role in the world today.
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Curator Nina Felshin explains a recent exhibition of Eric Gottesman and Sudden Flowers in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
By Intisar Abioto ’09
The current Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery exhibition Framing and Being Framed: The Uses of Documentary Photography, challenges the traditional space between the artist, the subject and the viewer.
The exhibition of two-dimensional photographs, photo installations, video and web-based works features art by Ann Messner, Perry Bard, Matthew Buckingham, Wendy Ewald, Susan Meiselas, An-My Lê, Emily Jacir, Alfredo Jaar, Eric Gottesman and Kota Ezawa.
Curator Nina Felshin planned this exhibition after meeting with Jennifer Tucker, chair and associate professor of feminist, gender and sexuality studies, associate professor of history, associate professor of science in society, several years ago. Tucker organized a university-wide, photography project, Eye of History: The Camera as Witness, a semester long series of exhibitions, films and talks exploring how photographs shape the ways in which people remember historical events.
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