Guest Faculty Spring 2017 Semester
Amanda McKerrow and John Gardner
DANC 049E. Dance Repertory: Ballet
During Spring 2017 Ballet Repertory will follow the Antony Tudor Dance Studies curriculum. Students will learn and perform excerpts from Tudor's seminal ballet Dark Elegies (1937) set to Gustav Mahler's Kindertotenlieder. From tender moments of quiet devastation to careering bursts of rage, Tudor's "ballet requiem," expresses the raw emotion of a tight-knit community faced with the inexplicable loss of their beloved children. Students should be concurrently enrolled in a ballet technique class.
Prerequisite: DANC 061 or instructor permission.
0.5 credit or P.E. credit.
Wednesday 1:15pm - 4:00pm LPAC 3
Amanda McKerrow is one of America's most acclaimed ballerinas. She has the honor of being the first American to receive a gold medal at the International Ballet Competition in Moscow in 1981. Since then she has been a recipient of numerous other awards, including the Princess Grace Foundation Dance Fellowship. Ms. McKerrow was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and began her ballet training at the age of seven at the Twinbrook School of Ballet in Rockville, Maryland. She later studied with Mary Day at the Washington School of Ballet, where she danced with the company for two years and toured extensively throughout the United States and Europe. Ms. McKerrow joined the American Ballet Theatre under the direction of Mikhail Baryshnikov in 1982, was appointed a soloist in 1983, and became a principal dancer in 1987.
John Gardner was born in Lafayette, Louisiana, and began his ballet training at age 12 with Gwen Ashton in Lafayette, and subsequently trained at the National Academy of Arts in Champagne, Illinois, under the direction of Michael Maule. He received a scholarship to the American Ballet Theatre (ABT) at the age of 16 and joined ABT's second company three months thereafter, in 1977. In 1978 he joined ABT's main company and was promoted to the rank of soloist in 1984. Mr. Gardner's diverse repertoire included many soloist and principal roles, representing an extensive range of styles and giving him the opportunity to work with some of the great ballet choreographers of the 20th century, including Antony Tudor, Jerome Robbins, Agnes DeMille, and George Balanchine. In 1991, Mr. Gardner joined Mikhail Baryshnikov's White Oak Dance Project, affording him the opportunity to work closely with choreographers such as Merce Cunningham, Paul Taylor, Mark Morris, Lar Lubovitch, and Martha Graham. Mr. Gardner created numerous roles during his time with the White Oak Dance Project and toured extensively in Europe, the United States, Asia, and South America. He returned to ABT in 1995, where he danced a wide variety of roles with the company until 2002.
DANC 049F. Dance Repertory: Kathak
This Kathak repertory class is about experiencing and learning the art of Kathak dance and participating in a choreographed production. The class will specifically ground the students in the grammar of Kathak and will explore the scope of stretching the line of traditional vocabulary. Kathak, arguably one of the most improvisional classical dance styles from India, gives us immense scope for weaving various rhythms from other cultures in the existing musical pattern of Hindustani music, which is integral to the dance. The class is open to all students of dance.
0.5 credit or P.E. credit.
Friday 2:15pm - 5:00pm LPAC 2
Prashant Shah is a virtuoso Kathak artist and choreographer, whose highly developed awareness of space, and the possibilities of exploring it visually in Kathak dance, have given him high prominence in the international dance circuit. His choreographies, such as ‘Independence’ with Nina Rajarani (Bharata Natyam dancer based in UK); Kathak Pravas’ with Kelly Verma (Kathak dancer based in Holland); ‘Anokha’, which combines Hip-Hop, Bharata Natyam and Kathak with Kader Attou (Hip Hop dancer - choreographer based in France); ‘Les Corps etrangers’ involving acrobatics and African dance with same company, ‘Gao-Cola’ – with Sweden based Flamenco dancer Gabriela Gutterra, are some of the productions which have been successfully performed, toured and critically acclaimed extensively in India and all over the world. Prashant's solo works 'RESONANCE' (2013) and 'AND WE JUST DANCE (2015) represents his own quest for a new language of Kathak with an international sensibility. He has an upcoming tour of Spain in April 2016 followed by a tour of Europe where he is collaborating with a Hip Hop dancer choreographer for a project commissioned in Fall 2016. He is the recipient of many awards from the Indian government for his contribution to dance, including SANGEET NATAK AKADEMI YUVA PURASKAR [National award] established by the President of India.