Associate professor awarded grant for dance concert
Ruth Barnes, associate professor of dance at Missouri State University, was awarded a $2,000 grant from the Missouri Arts Council for the production of the “GLOO: Spring Dance Concert.” The performance was presented May 3-6 and included choreographed dance and aerial work.
“The Spring Dance Concert is an annual event featuring choreography by dance faculty, students or guest artists.” said Barnes. “This grant gave us the opportunity to present live choreographic work that otherwise would not be available here.”
The funds were used to bring 87 Dance Productions, based in North Carolina, to the university for a week to perform in the concert, and to conduct master classes in contemporary dance and workshops in aerial dance. The concert also included a performance of “Homing/In,” a choreographic work created by Barnes in 2008, and a dance staged by Lindsay Hawkins, assistant rehearsal director with the MADCO dance company in St. Louis.
“With such an ephemeral and sensate art as dance, the impact of recordings or televised performance pales when compared to the direct experience of seeing live performance,” said Barnes. “I am especially grateful to the Missouri Arts Council, the College of Arts and Letters, the office of sponsored research and my home department, theatre and dance, for their support of this project.”
For more information, contact Barnes at (417) 836-5201.
Financial assistance for this project has been provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.
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